Tattoos, is it the new form of rebellion in China?


Tattoos, is it the new form of rebellion in China?


Daniel Otero

The Silver Beach International High School, Hui-dong Country, China


International Journal of social research

When I first came to China, one thing tattoos were equated to: the mark of criminals, ‘loose women’ and gangsters. In other words, tattoos equated with rebellion or bad boy/girl behavior. The stereotypes which go with it! This was back in 2009, as time transpired [at least a decade], it actually became a symbol of defiance within the young-College educated and professional generation; whether it was covered or not. This form of rebellion was a stand-up against everything which had been forced into them, since their childhood. Like the period of the 1960s in American counterculture, China in theory is going through the same thing: whether it’s sexual exploration, homosexuality and now, tattoos. These are considered outside the norms and therefore, counterculture. It’s my point to prove that the ink on the body is the new symbolism of rebellion. Spreading like literal wildfire throughout Mainland China. In a still conservative society, the young-College students and professionals of today are coming at odds with their parents and older generation. In this investigative paper, I aim to show the reader why! Therefore, taking people back in history, with examples like: Yueh Fei, when the tattoo was accepted and hopefully demonstrating with interviews/opinions that this trend continues to grow in China.


Keywords: Tattoo, criminals, ‘loose women’, gangsters, defiance, rebellion, counterculture, sexual exploration, College students, young professionals, homosexuality, ink, Yueh Fei and trend.

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How to cite this article:

Daniel Otero.Tattoos, is it the new form of rebellion in China? International Journal of Social Research, 2019; 3:32. DOI: 10.28933/ijsr-2019-04-0607


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