Three million young people voting for the first time in Sunday's Iraq election will take their frustration to the polls.
Popular designs include tigers, dragons, and swords, although overt displays of the body art remain somewhat taboo.
A brave band of Iraqi women are defying insurgent threats and taking back their streets.
Akkad Street is a neighborhood's response to suicide bombers hitting the main shopping market.
Amid growing opposition, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called on Sunday for more time to negotiate a plan that could begin US troop withdrawals in June 2009.
Provincial polls are now expected early next year and could bring about a political realignment across Iraq.
Iraqi women take on key security role as attacks by female suicide bombers rise.