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November 10, 2010

My Marrakesh: Christian tattoo artists in Muqattam, Egypt.

East of Cairo, Muqattam is a suburb known for its past limestone cuttings, as well as for being the home of three generations of the Zabbaleen--the Coptic Christians celebrated in film and books as the unofficial "garbage collectors" of greater Cairo. And now, of course, for their work in tattoos. Visit our Yank friend Maryam--artist, writer, and charmed uber-princess--at her My Marrakesh.


Photo: M. Montague

Posted by JD Hull at November 10, 2010 10:05 AM


My uncle just got a tattoo of an old school pin up girl. It was fantastic work. Looked great. Does anyone else see 60+ year old men, who have never had a tattoo, getting them? He isn't going through a mid-life crisis; no divorce or other life changing happenings. He just got one. WTF?

Posted by: Ernie From Glen Burnie at November 21, 2010 01:04 PM

Ernie--Dude, your uncle is 85 or so. I've met him, remember? Have him committed.

Posted by: Hull at November 22, 2010 03:46 AM

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