Ngoc Like inks over a customer’s scar at her studio in Hanoi. Tattoos are an art form that is still largely taboo in Vietnam. Photo: AFP
Ngoc Like inks over a customer’s scar at her studio in Hanoi. Tattoos are an art form that is still largely taboo in Vietnam. Photo: AFP

Tattoo artist helps Vietnamese women heal in a country that still frowns on permanent ink

  • ‘Ngoc Like’ says many of her clients get tattooed out of a wish to renew themselves and open a new chapter in life
  • Although attitudes in Vietnam are changing, tattoos still remain associated with gangsters, prostitution and the criminal underground

Ngoc Like inks over a customer’s scar at her studio in Hanoi. Tattoos are an art form that is still largely taboo in Vietnam. Photo: AFP
Ngoc Like inks over a customer’s scar at her studio in Hanoi. Tattoos are an art form that is still largely taboo in Vietnam. Photo: AFP
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