From the circle lenses some Asian women wear to achieve larger anime-style irises to the bleaching cream epidemic in some parts of the Caribbean to the butt-enhancing shots women pay for right here in the U.S., there is no shortage of complicated and sometimes dangerous beauty practices enacted by people of all different cultures and backgrounds. One of the latest procedures to make the news is springing up in Nigeria. According to The Huffington Post, men are tattooing their bottom lips pink.

A video, published by Batta Box TV, reveals that men will pay up to 35-40 US dollars to have their lips lightened. The practice, which the tattoo artist casually refers to as “cleaning up the lips,” is becoming increasingly popular. “We get more than 10 customers in a day,” the tattoo artist explains.

Though pink lipstick, Vaseline, lemon juice and lip balm with SPF do the trick of keeping lips from becoming black, these men are opting for a more painful, permanent and expensive treatment to appear more attractive. The Huffington Post argues that the prevalent pink lip tattoo trend could point to race and self-esteem issues. Do you agree, Clutchettes?

Watch the video here:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHiBomcZ0Ms]

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  • amy03

    My problem with this is that people will think it’s part of the Nigerian culture when it may not be the case. There are different ethnicities in each African country. Cameroon for example has more than 300 ethnic groups and beauty standards vary from one ethnic group to another. So you’ll see some people from an ethnic group doing something another ethnic group won’t do. It’s complex and that’s why I hate when people make general assumptions about Africa.

  • Toni


    Everyone on planet earth HAS African DNA.

  • It’s unsettling, of course, especially while looking at the handsome tattoo artist, with his beautiful god given BLACK lips. Their black is so beautiful and it hurts that they don’t see it. Although it is unsettling, it is their cultures standard of beauty and we have no right to call it “wrong”. Buying eyelashes, wearing make up, and buying breasts enhancements may not be beautiful to them.