Do you know the Cracker Tattoo which was on the pagoda street in Singapore? In fact, even you know it, you will no longer find it.
From the shop owner - Yu, he dedicated ten years of careful management, expanding the size of the tattoo shop, improving the level of art. Ten years in Singapore China Town - the most crowded tourist attraction, all kinds of outstanding tattoo artists have been there, all kinds of cool people from all over the world brought cool tattoo ideas there.
And there too was my origin.
[2014年12月9日 gogo在宝塔街的怪客纹刺总店] ' 9/12/2014 in the main store of the Cracker Tattoo '
Yu was running two tattoo shops in the same area at that time. Because there was too many clients. To provide better service and not let the clients wait for too long, the third store opened up. Super spacious.
Sufficient inventory. There are so many disposable needles in such a wall, but we can still use them all up in just few months.
I really liked the French window at that time, and I have done so many interesting tattoos in front of that window.
[2014年12月9日 gogo 在新加坡的第六次搬家] '9/12/14 The sixth move in Singapore'
Before I left China, I got a small tattoo inside of my arm.
Just like most of Chinese people, my entire family is traditionally being conservative, and was holding a negative attitude toward tattoos. But I was different. Although I have been taught that tattoos are just for gangsters, I still believe that this is just only a prejudice at that time.
So I was wondering: "How is tattoo culture overseas?"
[2014年初 gogo在马来西亚的商场里 想观察穆斯林国家里的纹身文化]
'In early 2014, Gogo wanted to see tattoo culture in Muslim countries, at the mall in Malaysia'
手臂内侧的这个就是我人生中的第一个纹身。在梦想和现实的中间层里徘徊，没有同类也没有能够理解我的人，我很孤独，只想张开手臂的时候有人可以给我一个拥抱，Give me a hug°。
And in that picture, that was the first tattoo on the inside part of my arm. Why?
Wandering between the dream and reality, there was no one like me or someone who could understands me.
I was lonely. I just wanted to open my arms. Someone to give me a hug. Give me a hug°.
On the revelation of the process in deciding to get a tattoo, I was listening the conversation between tattoo artist and
client to understand the main idea of why they want tattoos.
I found that the beautiful tattoo art was locked in the cage of feudal thought in China.
I was really very sad at that time. In China there were so many people hating tattoos, but still, there were so many Chinese who saw the beauty and the meaning of tattoos.
I decided to take the chance and stay in Southeast Asia for education. To learn the art of tattoo, and bring the meaning of tattoos back to China.
Then I was there, the Cracker tattoo.
'The beginning of 2007, the very first shop in the People's park in China town Singapore'
We don't have the ability to reverse any prejudices, because stereotypes are stereotypes, because these prejudices can be justified.
But if you haven't been brainwashed, or you have not yet been tattle and prate by the attitude of society for the universal consciousness of tattoos.
Yes, you have your own independent way of thinking and judgment.
But if you want a tattoo, and you do not know what exactly you want, you can read the following summary.
The summary is from my experiences of working in the most crowded tourist attraction in Singapore.
I was following a lot of clients' tattoo requirements from all over around the world.
1 . 【信仰】Believe
If the ink you put into the skin is what you think about all the time, if the image which been put on your body is what you totally believe in, would you want a tattoo?
The girl extracted the name of the first chapter of the Bible and tattooed it on her body.
To stay with own belief is a kind of beautiful isn't it?
Of course, there are secular, there can be clients which faith in money, and tattooed the sign of dollar symbols and secular finances on the body.
In fact, it looks not bad. I think, as long as it is their own pursuit, there is no need to define good or bad.
Faith, whether for youth society, or for elders, it is very important, it is something that should not be abandoned or forgotten. Just like a tattoo, it's a lifelong decision that you don't have to regret.
Faith tattoos can remind you of the root of your heart.
2 . 【故事】Story
Some stories worth your bleeding for them, and to use ink to seal them in your body.
Perhaps the soul of the story has been built in your mind, so that you would like to share it with your life.
3 . 【修饰】Beauty
Tattoo is art, and, of course, art is beautiful.
The ink which never fades will make the bare, dull skin look more interesting, like a one-of-a-kind jewelry.
When someone is showing of an anklet which everyone can buy, she can pull up her trouser and show the anklet tattoos, and share the history of the tattoo.
This anklet tattoo contents the lady's child's name. She chose to put her child on her feet, hoping that the child would walk with her for a lifetime.
4 . 【拥有】Possess
We want to have more.
To have more, to experience more, to prove that the world is ours.
Unfortunately, it is really a wishful thinking. Everything in this world, nothing is belong to us. We never can have anything. We just keep it in this world for the time being.
We can't take possession of anything except ourselves. Tattoo is the only thing that can accompany you through your life and bring it into your grave.
We are now in the world, we are only keeping our bodies for our life times. But tattoo may be a sign, a sign to explain : this body was mine, and my mind has been tattooed here.
Her name is epiphyllum. She thinks that she is an epiphyllum. So that she got a epiphyllum tattoo.
5.【未完待续，下次继续】To be continued
That's important that what you get tattooed. In the future 我是纹身师gogo I will continue to talk more about tattoos. Bring more meaning to tattoo lovers.
It was the Cracker Tattoo that inspired my love for tattoos.
Remember the time when I was hiding in the back of the curtain, trying to practice doing tattoos, on the first floor of the People's Park Singapore, in the smallest tattoo shop of the Cracker Tattoo branches.
Now, the owner of the tattoo shop have been completed his dream, and closed the tattoo shop. Just as those tattoos that have been done there in those years, they are gone.
I want to find them, and ask them : So many years, you want a retouch?
Now to find these old clients is like looking for a needle in the ocean.
We have to document every tattoo!
Goodbye the Cracker Tattoo.ｏｘｏｘ
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