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.
But now the practice of pricking indelible marks on the skin is becoming
popular in China as the convention is crowded with men and women with different
kinds of tattoos. The organizers hope this event can provide a platform for a
healthy and professional development of tattoos in China and also offer the room
for tattoo fans to exchange ideas.
A 27 year-old man surnamed Wang
openly showed off his torso with his arms and back covered in tattoos.
A girl's tattoo is reflected during the Tattoo
Show Convention China 2007 in Beijing June 16, 2007. [Sun
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.
"It's my own business, and I have my
own rights," said the teenager, who just quit her job in Qingdao, East China's
Many tattoo artists from other provinces were on hand to give fans tattoos at
One surnamed Lee said he has worked in this field for
three years in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning Province. "It's a profitable
job, and I earn about 10,000 yuan one month," claimed Lee. He developed his
business mainly through friends and word of mouth.
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.
He said: "In previous
years, many people had tattoos just to show off and think they are cool. But now
more people decide their own design and have tattoos because they are really
interested in them." Dong Dong said that a good tattoo artist should have a good
understanding and use of color transition, style and design.