Beauty treatment

Clockwise from top left: Chai Lee, Om Pai, Har Chune, Har Chune, Khae Ling, Tam Lee, Ma Nou and Youm Shane

A tribal tradition that saw pubescent girls tattooed to render them ugly to marauding males is dying out. Words and pictures by Brent Lewin

Saturday, 3 November, 2012, 11:36pm

NY Ink star in Hong Kong for opening

Tattoo evangelist Ami James.Photo: Jonathan Wong

Inked up by the tender age of 13, tattoo artist Ami James of TLC's reality show NY Ink hasn't always been a star.

"The stereotypes attached to people who are tattooed - I've heard them all," says James.

14 Sep 2012 - 9:37am

Indelible Ink

Indelible Ink by Fiona McGregor

Atlantic Books (e-book)

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Style meter


Peter Pilotto's spring-summer prints

Psychedelic and Indonesian inspired.

Tattoo art accessories

Jean Paul Gaultier continues to be inventive.

White futurism

Gareth Pugh gets us hot under the collar.


Too tight bandage dresses

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Tattoos make a mark on students

There was a time when tattoos drew stares and universal disapproval. But they are quickly becoming part of the mainstream culture, at least on university campuses.

'I have three tattoos now - a big rose on my lower back, a bracelet inked on my wrist and a cat on my ankle,' Chen Jieyun, a second year student from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, said.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Skincare brand chief demonstrates the art of covering up

American skincare brand DMK held the Asian launch of its new make-up range in Hong Kong on Wednesday. The brand's founder, American biological scientist Dr Danne Montague-King, flew in specially for the occasion.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Spring a surprise

Keeping to one particular style can give your home a cohesive look, but sometimes going to a store that has a wide selection can help define which direction you should be going.

Indigo Living has introduced four key looks this spring, with each collection reflecting global interior design trends.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

When a tattoo was taboo

Tattoos have a long - and surprisingly complicated - history in this part of the world. Given Hong Kong's role from the mid-19th century onwards as one of the world's major ports, sailors passing through often picked up a permanent souvenir of their stay in the city.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Sacred Skin: Thailand's Spirit Taboos

Sacred Skin: Thailand's Spirit Taboos by Tom Vater Visionary World Ltd

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Google frustration gives tattoo fan Alex a bright idea for a magazine

Six months ago, 23-year-old Hong Kong resident Alex Lendrum was contemplating getting a tattoo, but had no idea where to go. A Google search yielded results, but also dozens of queries from local English speakers also at a loss over where to go for some body ink.

'I realised then this city was missing a guide, and a voice, for the tattoo scene,' he said.

10 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Think twice before inking

I am writing in response to the star letter by Chow Pak-kwan, 'A tattoo is not the sign of a criminal' (Young Post, February 17).

25 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

A tattoo is not the sign of a criminal

The art of tattooing has been practised for centuries worldwide. But how do you feel when you meet someone who has tattoos? That he's a bad guy from a criminal organisation? Or someone who has been in prison? Many people, especially traditionalists, feel this way.

17 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Blatant examples of discriminatory police profiling during searches

As two young professionals living and working in Hong Kong, my friend and I have been stopped, questioned or searched (including strip searched) by the police five times between us in a very short period.

Recently, we were stopped outside Pacific Place by three officers.

28 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Faces of the Chin Women

Faces of the Chin Women Asia Fine Art Until Nov 24

When photographer and author Jens Uwe Parkitny first set foot in Myanmar a decade ago, he was struck by the cultural depth of the country. Then in 2001 when he went to the Chin State to trek Mount Victoria he came across a face that was to lead him back again and again - a woman with facial tattoos smoking a pipe.

12 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Tattooist swaps skin for canvas

Tattooist Chow Pui-sze's usual canvas is human skin, but for a new exhibition at The Studio, Sze C, as she is known, decided to use canvas as her canvas. Her seven-painting display, called Mesmerizing Mermaids, opened on Friday at the Peel Street gallery and runs until Sunday.

9 Nov 2009 - 12:00am