Meet Afghanistan's First Female Tattoo Artist

For the past 3 years, Soraya has been running her mobile tattoo studio in Kabul. She doesn’t keep her shop’s address fixed due to security reasons, because her job can be a dangerous one in Afghanistan. Though tattoos are not foreign to Afghan culture, ink-on-skin artists like Soraya can easily land in trouble with the dormant Taliban, with their fundamentalist interpretation of the Sharia law. Touching and tattooing male clients is an added taboo for her as she makes her way as the first female tattoo artist in the country.

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  1. It's hard to believe that she's the "first female Afghan tattoo artist". People often forget that Afghanistan at one point was extremely westernized and was filled with European tourists who visited it as a stop on the Hippie Trail in the 60's and 70's. It wasn't until the Taliban took over after the Soviet-Afghan war that we see the Afghanistan that most people think of today.

  2. Zar bokho kusi faisha, tattoo haram ast. Farhang e kharejeya ra payada mekoni. Nam e Iran chati badd ast, amo da Iran mardom esh bafarang astan. Tou dokhtar e benamous tattoos ra da padar et kadabod ya baba kalan et. Shuma warey mordagaw a namey hazara hai shareef a bad kadeen.