Ayash applies a tattoo depicting a crucified Jesus Christ on the arm of a Coptic Egyptian pilgrim.
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Pilgrims to Bethlehem often return home with candles or rosaries, but for those who see religion as more than skin-deep, tattoo artist Walid Ayash is there to help. The 39-year-old Palestinian specializes in Christian themes. His repertoire includes around 100 models, from simple or elaborate crosses to images of Jesus Christ or a veiled Virgin Mary.His studio sits near the Church of the Nativity, built on the spot where Christians believe Jesus was born – and which happens to also be tattooed on the chest of Ayash, himself a devout Catholic.With Christians in the Middle East facing growing threats from militants, emphasizing one's religion can be life-threatening.Teaming up with a colleague from Jerusalem, he is to open a new studio, not in a religious city like Bethlehem, but in secular Ramallah, the Palestinian political capital, to meet demand from its hip young people.
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