ART – Photos from Hong Kong’s First Tattoo Convention 2


HK’s International Tattoo Convention took place over the weekend…

The city’s first ink expo comes weeks after its first sex exhibition – both unusual in conservative Hong Kong.

Traditionally associated with crime in HK, ink is being rehabilitated and the convention likely attracted more hipster-types than triads…

“The convention is a way to showcase local talent, and tell the international community that we’re here, and to break the Chinese stereotypes that tattoos are only for the bad guys.” – organiser Gabe Shum told the SCMP.

The sub-culture is still, however, associated with heavy rock music. Clockenflap presented several such acts over the weekend at an adjacent bar area.

Around 50 artists from Britain, US, Japan, S.Africa, France, Taiwan, Holland, Spain, China, Germany, Poland, Korea, Switzerland, Thailand and Hong Kong showcased their work at the 3-day event in Kowloon Tong…

There were demonstrations of Thai Buddhist ‘Yantra‘ tattooing, which uses the bamboo method…

Read interviews with the organisers at Time Out and SCMP.

Street art was provided by local artists such as Mark Goss, Parent’s Parents and 4Get.

AFP video about the growing tattoo trend amongst HK women…

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