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M’sians Are Defending Tattoo Culture After Local Convention Was Criticised as ‘Vulgar’

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Over the weekend, Malaysia held the latest edition of the Malaysia Tattoo Expo, a 3-day event with over 130 guest artists from 34 different countries, including some of the foremost names in the tattoo industry today. The event also included competitions for tattoo collectors, inviting them to show off the art they’ve accumulated on their skin.

However, it appears that some of the on-stage activities, where some participants displayed their ink, are being attacked by more conservative elements of society as ‘vulgar’ and ‘not part of Malaysian culture’, leading to Tourism, Art, and Culture Minister Mohamaddin Ketapi calling for an investigation into the expo.

Specifically, the uproar was caused by some of the participants stripping down to their underwear to showcase Japanese-style full-body tattoos, many of which span the entire expanse of a tattoo collector’s skin.

M'sians Are Defending Tattoo Culture After Local Convention Was Criticised as 'Vulgar' - WORLD OF BUZZ
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However, Malaysians are starting to fight back on the sentiment, reminding those who’re finding fault with the images that tattoo culture has long been part of Malaysian culture in Sabah and Sarawak – and this includes full-body tattooing, and the practice of displaying these tattoos.

“In Sabah and Sarawak, tattoos are something normal, and part of the cultural heritage of many Bumiputera groups. Henry Golding comes from the Iban ethnic group and has ‘Bunga Terung’ tattoos.

Even if you don’t agree, no one is asking you to bring your wife and children to see!”

Tattoos are indeed part of the rich tapestry of Malaysian culture, as they are interwoven with the stories of many ethnic groups who call Malaysia home. While some exhibitions of tattoo culture involve exhibiting the whole body, it is not done for activity of a vulgar nature, and is more akin to an art exhibition than anything else.

The argument currently being made is in bad faith and refuses to separate the art from the body. Perhaps those who see something erotic in these exhibitions should take a closer look at their biases, and what those biases mean.

 

Also read: Local Tattoo Artist Bashed On China’s Social Media For Being a Mother With Tattoos, But M’sians Fire Back

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