Young Vietnamese people and Tattoos

These days, it is easy to see young Vietnamese people tattoos on their body. Why they choose to have a tattoo - a form of body modification - on their body?

For some people, tattoos make them feel different from other people. Some people say it is art.

Mai, a student of University of Technology (HUTECH) in Ho Chi Minh City, rolled up her T-shirt sleeves to expose tattoos including her name and her boyfriend with floral patterns.

Seeing that her friends showed their interest in her tattoos, Mai continued whether they would enjoy a discount to have similar tattoos if they remember Mai's password to the owner of her acquainted tattoos shop. All her friends showed their eagerness to have a tattoo on their body.

At a tattoo shop in Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10, a group of young female  After 2 hours, they smiled happily at their new tattoo patterns in their body even a girl taking a photo to post on her personal face book.

It is easy to see very young people who are interested in their tattoo patterns after leaving stores in Bui Vien Street in District 1, Nguyen Duy Trinh Street in District 2, Tran Huy Lieu Street in District Phu Nhuan, Lac Long Quan Street in District 11.

Social networks are flooded with selfies of young people with various tattoo patterns.
 The word tattoo, or tattow in the 18th century, is a loanword from the Polynesian word tatau, meaning "correct, workmanlike". Before the importation of the Polynesian word, the practice of tattooing had been described in the West as pricking, painting, or staining. Many tattoos serve as rites of passage, marks of status and rank, symbols of religious and spiritual devotion, decorations for bravery, sexual lures and marks of fertility, pledges of love, punishment, amulets and talismans, protection, and as the marks of outcasts, slaves and convicts.
 
In the Southeast Asian, people with tattoos are thought as the undesirables or playboys. However, lately, having tattoos on the body has become fashionable among Vietnamese young people including male and female who are willing to spend millions Vietnamese dong or even tens million depending on the size and difficulties level to have a body modification.

For instance, Nguyen Trang Thao, a student of Ton Duc Thang University, wished not to have a tattoo behind her ear as her parents' lover opposed a marriage after seeing the patterns. Or Vu Gia Long in District 6 is unemployed as recruiters see a lip pattern tattoo in his neck. Doan Thuy Lien in District 10 is sad as she must go to see skin doctors to treat skin disease where she has swollen tattoo.

Dr. Nguyen Van Ca from Hospital 175 said that though knowing that it should not appraise a person as bad citizen just basing on the fact that they have body tattoos; yet, in Vietnam, tattoos somehow badly influence on personal image of a person to people around or losing chance, conjugal bliss or unworthy hurt. He advised young people to think carefully before having a tattoo as they must bear unfriendly looks of people around.

Meanwhile Dr. Tran Thi Thanh Mai, lecturer of skin disease at Pharmaceutical University, said that device for making tattoo must be pasteurized or people will be infected especially diseases including HIV, hepatitis B and Syphilis being transmitted through contact with blood

By Thu Huong - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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