Western influence? Parents all over the world freak out when their teenagers tattoo themselves with home made needles and architects ink.
~ Middle eastern tribal tattooists ~ most are traditionally women.
~ Prisoners/criminals ~ a tattoo on the forehead marks some iraqi criminals, especially those who have had amputations, according to a decree issued to distinguish criminal amputees from war veteran amputees.
~ Saddam hussein ~ has a protective charm tattoo'd on one hand.
(And no i have not tattoo'd a map of Iraq upon my breast. Well not yet anyway).