I emailed my subtitle translations and talked with the production assistant who'd contacted me. The series on the Discovery Channel is called "Tattoo Hunter" and it's hosted by Lars Krutak. The show on Benin is toward the end so she said it'd air around late March. Apparently he visits different countries to research tattoos and each show culminates with him getting (hopefully temporary) the featured tattoo. For the Benin episode he gets one on his stomach which is amusing to watch since I suppose cultural anthropologists don't have time to work on washboard abs.
The little old ladies in MoBob's village still have tattoos but it's rare to see women of my generation or younger with tattoos. Many of my colleagues in West Africa bore traditional scars from their childhood initiation rites. More dying traditions.
yeah, lots of my male friends from togo have scars on their faces. i sometimes wonder if it makes any difference to their prospects here in europe in getting work, coz these facial scars aren't something you can cover with a business shirt.