Episode 073 – Jens Uwe Parkitny | Journalist, Photographer, Travel professional, & Author of Marked For Life

Jens Uwe Parkitny is a portrait photographer, a travel trade journalist, and a travel professional. He’s the author of two coffee table books – Bloodfaces, and Marked For Life, which celebrate facial tattoos of Chin people, documented over a decade.

Follow him for more such passion projects that will showcase various tattooing traditions in the diverse cultural landscape of Myanmar.

Jens has also co-created Loikaw Lodge, a lakefront boutique accommodation in Myanmar’s Kayah state.

Listen to his journey from growing up in Germany, and being a veteran in the travel industry, to capturing superb portraits, and building a lodge on a lake!

His labor of love features stunning images of various tribes of Chin women who take pride in their facial tattoos. Looking closer into these intricate patterns, you can appreciate their body art and superior craftsmanship.

Having spent years travelling to remote regions of Myanmar, and connecting with these ethnic groups, Jens has a wealth of knowledge about the dying tradition of Chin facial tattooing.

Through his work, Jens hopes to preserve this tribal heritage, challenge perceptions of beauty, and also create sustainable livelihoods for ethnic communities.

Although authentic meanings of these facial tattoos are not established yet, the intricate patterns seem to relate to right of passage, identity, and spiritual connections.

Also, mentioned in this podcast
Accor Asia PacificAgraAlice CooperAmazonAndre SchnegassApataniArakan HillsBaliBojyoke Aung San MarketBorneoChinCommunity Based TourismDelhiDiwaliExpediaFacial tattooFalam – Faridabad – Goethe Institut, Yangon – Gurugram – HakhaHasselbladHla DayIan HayesIndawgyi LakeInle LakeInuitJaipurKachinKayahKerber VerlagLaytu ChinLemro riverLoikawMaoris – Matu Chin – Mergui ArchipelagoMicrosoftMizoramMo NagaMokenMorehMount VictoriaMrauk-UMünMuseum Fünf KontinenteMyanm/artNaga peopleNathalie JohnstonNational GeographicNew ZealandNgapaliNgwe Saung – Pekon lake – PolaroidPrabuddha DasguptaRhododendronRih DilRio NegroRolleiflexSeven SistersSiem Reap – Surbung airport – Suresh NatarajanSwe Yi Myat – Tatmadaw – TaunggyiTaunggyi Fire Balloon FestivalThree Treasures Tourism – Ubtu Chin – Uncharted HorizonsUniversity of Foreign Languages, Yangon – Venezuela – Virgin AtlanticWeb In Travel – Y Pole – Yanomami IndiansYeoh Siew HoonYoyamayZiro

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Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8
Music by Nordgroove from Fugue

Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio Library
Go on the Go by Chris Haugen
Royale
by Josh Lippi & The Overtimers
The Old RV
by Craig MacArthur

All photographs by Jens Uwe Parkitny, unless otherwise stated

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