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How It Begins

Tattooing has been a tool to communicate with my inner self since 2014. In my understanding, getting a piece on the skin is a pleasant outcome, but what made it fascinating is the psychological process behind it.

During my experience of tattooing, surprisingly, I witnessed people who were so brave to take the pain but regret it easily because they forgot to spend some time, thinking about it.

Skin is not like paper. It is never quick and easy to remove a tattoo. I wish I can do something to help them aware of the invisible process and avoid some unnecessary painful experiences.

Step into project five, the change I want to see is more people using tattoo as a way to communicate with themselves.

Research Directions:

Personal Identity/Tattooing/Health & Wellness/Psychology


  • Tattooing is a way to communicate with yourself or the outside world?

  • Does regretting on a tattoo means you misunderstood your inner self?

  • What is the message you want to send?

  • How to avoid those misunderstandings in the future?

  • Do we need a coach before/after tattooing?

  • Do people even want to talk with somebody before they get a tattoo?


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From The Guardian

Chris Bull, the marketing director at Sk:n, which has 51 skin clinics in the UK, says demand for laser tattoo removal has increased significantly over the past five years.

'In 2015, a survey found that a fifth of all British adults were inked, with 30% of 25- to 39-year-olds having at least one tattoo. In 2016, a US poll found that 29% of people had a tattoo, up from roughly two in 10 (21%) four years before. Nearly half (47%) of millennials – people born between born between 1982 and 2004 – said they had one.'

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