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Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina Croat Tattoo Traditions Hrvati u Bosni i Hercegovini European Catholic Balkan Tattoo

photo by Alex Jazdzewski

Did you know that there are people in Europe who are still traditionally tattooed in the old ways, carrying on their skin a tradition of tattooing that is more than 1000 years old and dates from the ancient Illyrian tribes that lived in the Balkans? You can still find old Croatian Catholic people in Bosnia and Herzegovina who were tattooed between the age of 3 and 16 for protection. There is not much written or published about it, and the photos about their tattoos are rare. Every story is important to me, because every village had their own customs and symbols for tattooing. My aim is also to find the last person who was traditionally tattooed in the Balkans, and I know that it was also done after 1960ies. I want to research more about the links of tattoo traditions in the Balkans so :


Therefore I need your HELP and support in this project of preserving this culture of tattooing :


- If you ever travel around Bosnia and Herzegovina and come across tattooed Croatian people in the mountains or towns, please send your photo or story to


- This custom was also known in Albania since it dates from the Illyrian tribes , so if somebody saw old traditonally tattooed people or knows something about this tradition in Albania, please let me know!


- If you travel around Balkans and meet the Cincar people who had a cross tattoo on their foreheads please inform

- If you want to write and research about this topic I will be more than welcome to assist and send you all the stories I’ve collected in English so that people do not forget this tradition!


I also welcome all people and journalists- If you have any projects, questions, proposals and advices regarding this topic, don’t hesitate to contact:


Traditional Croatian Tattoo in Bosnia and Herzegovina


Email address :


To read more you can visit!/pages/Traditional-Tattoo-in-Europe/21...

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Taken on March 19, 2011