Chinese Tattoo Artist Tells Women’s Stories Through Ink


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For over two years, Chinese tattoo artist Song Jiayin has interviewed her female clients and posted the results online,recording the memories, hopes and fears of hundreds of women in ink and video. Her designs — from a sunset to a delicately stylised uterus and images of beloved pets — are as varied as the women’s motivations for getting them etched on their bodies. In a country where spaces for female self-expression have shrunk in recent years, getting a tattoo can feel like an empowering act. “When you choose to get tattooed, and choose a different image to put on your...