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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupat...
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster ERT occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. Thousands of citizens showed their solidarity guarding the headquarters from police intervention. Pictured, the control room of one of ERT's studios.

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Greek State Broadcaster Under Occupat...
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
18 Jun 2013

Employees at Greek state broadcaster, ERT, occupy the headquarters and keep broadcasting despite the govenrment’s decision to suddenly close down the company. Thousands of citizens showed their solidarity guarding the headquarters from police intervention. Pictured, a man walking in a corridor in ERT's headquarters.

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Nowhereland Tattoo Project
Cairo, Egypt
By Mais Istanbuli
27 May 2013

The Nowhereland Tattoo project in Cairo, Egypt is a underground movement led by two young Venezuelans tattoo artists, Orne Gil and Lorena Mora. The two are combating the country's growing conservatism and cultural and religious taboos associated with body art by opening a tattoo studio. Beyond that, they are attempting to change misconceptions correlated with tattoos, such as a being a mark of criminality or homosexuality, by educating people on tattoo art and how to get it safely.

In Egypt, the project faces many obstacles. In Islam, it is frowned upon for Muslims permanently mark their bodies with tattoos. In a Muslim country such as Egypt, getting body art can have grave consequences - one young man's father, a Salafist, threw corrosive acid on his son after discovering his tattoo.

Despite the fact that the two young artists are forced to work in the shadows in the back of a beauty parlor for now, the practice has spurned a new culture of Arabic calligraphy art, revolution-inspired drawings and poetry. The two remain determined and have a lofty goal of changing attitudes toward body art across not only Egypt, but other Middle Eastern countries and even some in South America. They know that change comes only one step at a time.

This is a photo-essay following the Nowehereland Tattoo Project at work in Cairo, Egypt.

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Nowhereland Tattoo Project (10 of 13)
Cairo, Egypt
By Ines Della Valle
27 May 2013

Egypt, Cairo, December 2012 - Orne Gil making a tattoo in arabic calligraphy "Freedom, justice, rights"

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Nowhereland Tattoo Project (2 of 13)
Cairo, Egypt
By Ines Della Valle
27 May 2013

Egypt, Cairo, December 2012 - Orne Gil and Lorena Mora working in their old studio

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Nowhereland Tattoo Project (13 of 13)
Cairo, Egypt
By Ines Della Valle
27 May 2013

Egypt, Cairo, December 2012 - a tattoo of the poem of Gamila Alaily, famous Egyptian poet born in 1930. "Who am I? What am I? Wha'ts wrong with me? What is my purpose? Why did I came to this bygone world? The best talking is when it's true. Onesty, in what I say and do"

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Nowhereland Tattoo Project (3 of 13)
Cairo, Egypt
By Ines Della Valle
27 May 2013

Egypt, Cairo, December 2012 - Orne Gil and Lorena Mora working in their old studio

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Nowhereland Tattoo Project (5 of 13)
Cairo, Egypt
By Ines Della Valle
27 May 2013

Egypt, Cairo, December 2012 - Edena Salem, the girl who has the Nefertiti mask tattoo, waiting for Orne Gil to finish her work.

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Nowhereland Tattoo Project (6 of 13)
Cairo, Egypt
By Ines Della Valle
27 May 2013

Egypt, Cairo, December 2012 - Orne Gil making the Nefertiti mask tattoo

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (25 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
01 Apr 2013

Filiz Yetim, a designer in her studio in the Camlica district of Istanbul Turkey.

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Tire Training (5 of 8)
Amman, Jordan
By Osie Greenway
11 Dec 2012

She Fighter training consists of many different types of strength training.

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The Founder, Lina Khalifeh (4 of 8)
Amman, Jordan
By Osie Greenway
11 Dec 2012

Khalifeh right, and trainee work on defense and martial art techniques at the She Fighter studio in Amman, Jordan.

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She fighter Bulletin (2 of 8)
Amman, Jordan
By Osie Greenway
11 Dec 2012

She Fighter ranges from ages 6 and above and many younger she fighters decorate the studio walls with drawings Amman, Jordan.

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Knife Training (7 of 8)
Amman, Jordan
By Osie Greenway
11 Dec 2012

She Fighter students learn a variety of mixed martial arts to basic and advanced self-defense techniques with founder Lina Khalifeh

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She Fighter founder Lina Khalifeh (3 ...
Amman, Jordan
By Osie Greenway
11 Dec 2012

She Fighter founder Lina Khalifeh works on defense and martial art techniques with trainees at the She Fighter studio in Amman, Jordan.

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She Fighter Equipment (1 of 8)
Amman, Jordan
By Osie Greenway
11 Dec 2012

The equipment and interior in the She Fighter studio is a classic girlie pink but the fighting and techniques learned here are far from girlie. Amman, Jordan.

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Punch and Train with She Fighter (8 o...
Amman, Jordan
By Osie Greenway
10 Dec 2012

She Fighter students learn a variety of mixed martial arts to basic and advanced self-defense techniques with founder Lina Khalifeh

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Ada: “Tea is my religion”
Shanghai
By Joan Planas
25 Nov 2012

Ada’s studio (November, 2012). Her studio is on a bright and cozy ground floor. It is decorated with wooden furniture and of course, tea. You’ll have the impression that there is tea, tea pots and tea cups everywhere.

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Ada: “Tea is my religion”
Shanghai
By Joan Planas
25 Nov 2012

Ada’s studio (November, 2012). Her studio is on a bright and cozy ground floor. It is decorated with wooden furniture and of course, tea. You’ll have the impression that there is tea, tea pots and tea cups everywhere.

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Ada: “Tea is my religion”
Shanghai,china
By Joan Planas
25 Nov 2012

Ada’s studio (November, 2012). Her studio is on a bright and cozy ground floor. It is decorated with wooden furniture and of course, tea.

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Quincy Jones Records in a Studio in M...
Rabat
By Martin Jay
23 May 2011

Singer Quincy Jones Records in a studio in Rabat, Morocco, in May, 2011. Jones was in the country to perform in the annual Rabat Music Festival.

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Quincy Jones Records in a Studio in M...
Rabat
By Martin Jay
23 May 2011

Singer Quincy Jones Records in a studio in Rabat, Morocco, in May, 2011. Jones was in the country to perform in the annual Rabat Music Festival.