The history of tattoo began over 5000 years ago and is as diverse as the people who wear them. They can be permanent, semi permanent or even temporary. Tattoos are very popular within the ATS world. FatChanceBellyDance began in San Francisco as part of the alternative underground scene in the 1980's and attracted other tattooed women. Today many women have found confidence through the dance and get tattoed as an affirmation of the beauty of their body, but it is by no means a pre-requisite!
Facial tattoos have been used in many indigenous tribal societies, often associated with being a woman and tribal affiliation. In some cultures it is regarded as a thing of great beauty whereas in others it is a deliberate act of disfigurement for protection making the women less attractive to men of rival tribes. In Berber and Moroccan cultures there is a belief that your ancestors will not recognize you if you do not have your tribe’s tattoos.
Temporary tattoos however are used as part of our ATS facial make-up having influence from indigenous tribal societies. So our facial tattoos represent our belonging to our tribe, our sisterhood and our style of dance.