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    Posted: March/27/2013 at 1:59pm

According to a recent news piece, there has been a recent burst of tattoo popularity amongst Iraqis which is no surprise as tattoos are generally a sign of rebelliousness. Some 10 years ago, you'd be hardpressed to see quality tattoo work in Iraq as most ink done in the country was done in prisons or homemade guns/equipment. Now, tattoos are so popular that local tattoo artist Salmed al-Zubaidi who is 29 and runs the al-Mansour tattoo shop says that he sometimes serves around a dozen clients a day which is insane! Most tattoo shops in the US are only open for about 8-12 hours a day if that so in other words, he sometimes does about two tattoos an hour for several days in a row. That's alot of ink! Now, with all the various problems tattoos in the country are facing ranging from things dealing with religion to taxes, many aren't sure about the future of tattoos in the country but one thing is for sure, they'll always be wanted by a big following of people who have gone tattoo crazy over in Iraq.

Ever wondered the price of a tattoo in Iraq? If so, we may have an answer as Jfar al-Dalef, who is 25, stated that his tattoo cost him around $60 and was of an Iraqi map on his bicep. Does he regret the tattoo? We think he likes his tattoo but he does take extra caution and keeps it out of the public eye as he said that people are known to be killed for having tattoos in the country and his father does not approve of tattoos. While we're familiar with the whole "father hating tattoos" concept, we can't imagine being killed over a tattoo just because it's a tattoo. What's your take on this? Is killing someone over a tattoo going a little extreme? We think so! Hopefully tattoos will become more accepted in the country of Iraq in the near future as they've already proved to be a cash cow in the country and we support it!

SOURCE: Guardian
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