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Tattoos' taboo past

By Deng Zhangyu  (China Daily)    14:29, December 01, 2013
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Wang Qingyuan, chairman of the China Association of Tattoo Artists. Photos by Zou Hong / China Daily

Body ink's social implications have continued evolving over millennia in China. Deng Zhangyu reports.

People feared Dong Dong's arms a decade ago. The middle-aged tattoo artist says he, in turn, feared people seeing his arms.

He felt like a "bad guy".

"The discrimination against people with tattoos still exists but is much less than it was decades ago," he says.

Dong says he has seen great changes in the more than 10 years he has run his Beijing studio.

But the Chinese history of tattoos as taboos spans millennia.

More than 2,300 years ago, criminals were literally marked for life. Knives sliced characters into their forehea