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inspired by US pop culture young Iraqis are lining up to get things across the country looking to international soccer players and American axes towns you artists like alley how Washam says things started to change after the US led invasion of Iraq in two thousand and three and now business is booming , the full the invasion Iraqis used to have more traditional tattoos like these they were drawn with simple tools using a pen or needle and ash this old woman from Najaf says they once used to sit and sewing needles to beautify their hands and faces , but it's not just about BC say local artists taxis also have more practical meanings for some Iraqis a lasting reminder of the Iraq war is the country descended into violence sectarian chaos after two thousand and three some Iraqis and to the names on the arms in order to be identified in case they were killed in an attack others cover injuries soul century scholars US forces leaving behind a different kind of lasting legacy