For those not familiar with the culture, the idea of a tattoo artist being detained, tried and whipped for practicing the art within Iran may seem a bit far-fetched. However, well known tattoo artist Mohsen Karimi knows the process intimately after his six month stay in the infamous Evin prison, according to German news site DW.
“I knew that my work was risky,” Karimi told DW. “But I never expected the regime would treat me like a cocaine dealer. I was really scared.”
Police were able to enter his residence after attaining a search warrant before arresting him and holding him without a lawyer until he signed a confession.
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