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Tattoo artists work to stamp out social stereotypes in Egypt

While many Muslims consider tattoos to be impermissible under Islamic law, the art is thriving in Egypt.

In an alley in Cairo’s populous Shubra neighborhood, tattoo artist Osama Ayoub challenges stereotypes by inking people’s bodies in a conservative and religious society that considers body art a taboo.

“Despite social pressure and deeply rooted traditional ideas, I have been running a very successful business so far,” Ayoub told Al-Monitor while tattooing a young woman. “The art is getting more and more popular here,” he added.

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