Punk Muslims erase tattoos (and sin) in conservative Indonesia


Dot by dot the laser sears the ink from Ucup’s flesh, leaving it red and raised, but there’s a look of calm satisfaction on his face.

With every painful “click” of the tattoo-removal machine, Ucup feels he’s getting closer to Allah.


“We were born clean,” he says. “We don’t want to die dirty.”

The 32-year-old is one of a growing number of self-described Indonesian punks, being “born-again” as devout Muslims.

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