Monday, April 5, 2010

Seeking beauty through pain

Tattoos have been imported into Hanoi for nearly a decade, but actually tattooing was very popular within the gang world for several decades and has even older historical roots in Vietnam.

When a client comes, tattoo artists will show him/her tattoo designs on the Internet. Like painting, tattoo uses three basic colors: red, yellow and deep blue to make other colors. Tattoo artists use different kinds of needles, which run at frequencies of 50 jabs/second.
Because of the pain caused by tattoo machines, tattoo artists only work from 20-30 minutes on a tattoo. 
Tattoo artists are also art students, so they also design original tattoos.

Each tattoo is a message.

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