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Designer Zelalem in Zola Tattoo, in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. His name, Zelalem, in Amaric means "Always". He says it fits with his job: "Tattoos are forever". In Zola Tattoo, one of the few tattoo studios in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, most of the clients ask Christian tattoos. Some pictures of their latest creations are on the wall: a crown of thorns on an afflicted Christ stains a shoulder; a pair of hands with a rosary adorning an arm. In Ethiopia Christian have inked their skin during centuries. "My grandma had a tattoo", Zelalem says. But it was a traditional tattoo made at home. Even today most of the people don't wear professional tattoos. Zelalem tells "It's imposible to find the materials. In my case my brother who lives in Italy send them".In Zola Tattoo, one of the few tattoo studios in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, most of the clients ask Christian tattoos. Some pictures of their latest creations are on the wall: a crown of thorns on an afflicted Christ stains a shoulder; a pair of hands with a rosary adorning an arm. In Ethiopia Christian have inked their skin during centuries. "My grandma had a tattoo", Zelalem says. But it was a traditional tattoo made at home. Even today most of the people don't wear professional tattoos. Zelalem tells "It's imposible to find the materials. In my case my brother who lives in Italy send them".