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Inking Her Own Story

For Shanzey Afzal, a tattoo is a declaration of self—not a cry for help. Raised in a conservative Muslim family that eventually disowned her, the Brooklyn-based artist embraced her belief that tattoos and her faith could coexist and never looked back. At her Ink Minx studio, housed in a 1963 Shasta trailer, she provides an empowering, inclusive space where women, many of them from similar religious backgrounds, can celebrate and redefine their identities through ink. Stay tuned for a new episode of “Shine” each day this week.

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