The Lebanese man — who is also a tattoo artist nicknamed the ‘master of tattoos’ by his clients — was also sentenced to one year in prison by the Jeddah District Court for tattooing women.
The hairdresser was caught by members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (A Hai’a) in an undercover sting operation in the western city’s Al-Rawdah district. He was stopped while walking into what he thought was a client’s house with hair dyes and scissors.
Strict gender segregation is enforced between men and women who are not married or related in the conservative Gulf kingdom. Tattoos are not officially banned in Saudi, but they are not in keeping with Islamic tradition.