CHINA / Regional
Tattoos making a mark in ChinaBy Sun Yuqing (chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2007-06-16 20:16
More and more Chinese are beginning to have or accept tattoos, according to some tattoo fans said during the Tattoo Show Convention China 2007 in Beijing.
A photographer said that policemen in certain areas of east China's Jiangsu Province would question young men with tattoos years ago since they were usually regarded as punks looking for trouble.
A 27 year-old man surnamed Wang openly showed off his torso with his arms and back covered in tattoos. He wore army pants, wore a gold necklace and had a ring that pierced his lip. He said he was only 17 when he had his first tattoo, a black swirl of thorns on his left shoulder. Wang talked with his friends who also had tattoos, and he was friendly to those who touched his tattoos or asked for taking photos.
Wang also admitted his parents were against him having a tattoo at first but gradually they accepted his choice. Now, Wang's arms, chest, and back are tattooed with different designs. A design of dragon on his left arm was finished after 30 hours and the tattoo cost 8,000 yuan (more than US$1,000), said Wang.
A girl Tian Tian, 19, had her back tattooed with two evil-looking bald heads
and she explained that she just liked the design. Tian Tian also acknowledged
her parents didn't like the tattoo.
Many tattoo artists from other provinces were on hand to give fans tattoos at
However, Dong Dong, chief tattoo artist for Beijing-based Mummy Tattoo
Studio, said that he couldn't earn that much, but he could earn enough to buy
the materials for tattoos. Dong Dong has worked in the industry for eight years
and he continues his major career of painting now.