sailorx2: This is an image of an Ainu woman with traditional lip tattoo. The Ainu are the indigenous people of Japan, who some believe to have been descended from the Jomon. The lip tattoo is a purely female tradition, passed down from mother to daughter. The techniques involved include cutting the lip with special knives then taking the ash that collects in the hearth for the colouration, giving off a distinct, dark blue shade. It begins at a young age, with a semi-circle on the upper lip.