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More than skin-deep

For some, tattoos are a sign of rebellion or simply just a fashion piece. But a growing number of people regard them as art, a secret language shared by a self-chosen community   Chinese convention has long associated tattoos with gangsters, violating the societal virtue of preserving our bodies out of respect to our parents. But in Hong Kong, tattoos are being redefined as works of art as the city explodes with tattoo shops whose clientele are increasingly young Hong Kongers. "It is a culture of a long history and a medium of expression," said Mr Vince Yue Chun-kit, a tattoo artist and founder of The Company Tattoo, a tattoo parlour. People are more accepting of tattoos as more celebrities publicly show them off, he said. "David Beckham had a Chinese calligraphy tattoo done in Hong Kong, and it certainly has a huge effect on public impression towards tattooing," Mr Yue said. "Local artist Louis Cheung Kai- chung ... showed his tattoo on television. People still love him, don't they?" said Mr James Lau Chi-long, another tattooist at The Company Tattoo. "The young generation is no longer wary of it." Ms Mindy Mak Ching-yi, a 21-year- old frequent traveler, gets herself inked every time she travels. None of her friends criticize her tattoos, but she said the older generation may feel otherwise. "My parents do not know about my tattoos. I think they will be mad if they find out about it," she said. The first tattoo convention in Hong Kong was held in 2013, where artists from different countries showcased their work and made tattoos on the spot for interested visitors. The tattoos were evaluated by judges of the convention and the best artist was awarded. Co-organizer of the International Hong Kong Tattoo Convention Mr Jay Foss Cole said in …

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Miniature books

In a bookstore, the smell of coffee filled the air, a Japanese Gashapon is standing at the corner unexpectedly. Gashapon is a vending machine-dispensed capsule toy, but this one is a little bit different. Once you put in a coin and turn the crank, what is expecting you is not a toy, but a transparent circle capsule with a miniature books sized 45mm.

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A GPS Treasure Hunt

With your smartphone, geocaching brings you beautiful nature, treasures and fun

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Artists let the pictures speak for the past

With just a click, photographers can freeze a moment of history. But before 1960, that moment was probably in black-and-white. Colour film didn't become the norm until the 60s and 70s when prices came down and amateurs could afford it. But with today's technology, colourising pictures can be done with a few clicks on a computer and those frozen black-and-white moments gain new life. Mr Victor Liu Ka-chung, a university student who is passionate about colourising Hong Kong historical black-and- white photos, says "colour brings new life and perspective to the photos." By adding colours to the images, Mr Liu rediscovers Hong Kong's yesteryears. He hopes his work will draw public attention to protecting historical elements in the city. Ms Tiffany Chan chooses to preserve historical moments by drawing. The idea is simple: to record faces and the human stories behind them. With paper and pencils, the illustrator sketches major historical events in Hong Kong, such as the Umbrella Movement. The free-of-charge service takes 10 minutes to produce a portrait. While having their portraits painted, people tell their personal stories to Ms Chan. Unlike photography, drawing doesn't freeze the moment. It gives time to let the stories flow, she says. "A 70-year-old lady told me that she has been staying overnight for the pro- test," Ms Chan said. The personal sto- ries move the pencil as they touches her heart, she said. The artist seals emotions, stories, expressions and people in the im- ages on the papers. However, spending 10 minutes to record one person in history is impractical, says Mr Ryan Chan, a photographer. He spends his time capturing complex ideas and emotions with the speed of light on film. "Photographing with film allows me to think," Mr Chan said. With limited frames, he has to spend time observing the …

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Caged to be freed

The practice of freeing captive animals might kill more animals and harm the environment

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Law wipes out graffiti ‘invaders'

The removal of a French graffiti artist's work has added fuel to the old "art versus vandalism" row centreing on the controversial form of art.

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The Artistically Wild and Wacky Manifestation

Performance artists in Hong Kong are struggling to overcome public misconceptions of performance art and to advance social causes through it.

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[Cover Story]In art we pace urban development

Local artist swims against the current of development and turns Sik On Street into his gallery.

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Collectible figures are works of art

Your favourite action figure possesses the spirit of your superhero because of the skills, passion and patience of its maker.

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Music education is used as a tool for students to race to the top

Parents are advised to lessen the pressure on their children to learn musical instruments