Chinese Tattoo Association Seeks to Move Tattoo Image Away from Criminal Stereotype

by Andrew

The China Daily has an article about tattooing in China. Although tattoos have played an important cultural role in China for over 1,000 years, recently, in the 1950s, they began to become associated with crime. Criminal people have deep relations to tattoos all around the world. Because of them tattoos are now associated with low lives. Not only in China but all around the world many gangs and groups have developed their own styles of tattoos. These steps are taken to remove the stain from this cultural item.

Today groups like the China Association of Tattoo Artists are seeking to reshape that image by improving tattoo safety and guaranteeing artist quality.

2 Responses to “Chinese Tattoo Association seeks to move tattoo image away from criminal stereotype”

Matt S Says:

I do not think that tattoo’s are related to crime. You always ahve a minority that ruins it for all people. I’m only 16 and I got a tattoo, and I’m not in a Gang, or part of some crime mob. I think people just need to wake up. Getting INK is a very bold way of expression. I love it, and can’t wait to get my next one!

Joey Brake Says:

I have a Chinese symbol for family on my rite upper wrist. No one has ever asked me was i in a gang or a criminal for having it. I got 6 now and i got them all within 1 year and only 2 are visible. I have yet to be called a criminal, but I have been looked at for being white and having a Chinese tattoo. People have to realize that tattoos are a part of peoples life, weather they like it or not. My parents hate tattoos but they accept the fact that i have them and they are apart of my life.

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