Joey has literally circled the globe studying all forms of tattoo art. Training with the world’s best artists in Switzerland, France, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States and throughout Asia. Internationally renowned; her professional portfolio includes graphic design, cosmetics, painting, calligraphy and multiple forms of Chinese art. Joey has been tattooing for nearly a decade. Her art and philosophy have been featured on CNN, AFP, BME, SCMP, HKET and numerous other publications
To me, tattoos are ‘new clothing’ for a naked body.
Tattoos are not there to just cover your dull skin tone or trim your body’s contours with visual tricks.
They can also express your personality, your thoughts and the world inside you.
It is a presentation of the practical realm as well as the abstract mind.
As the designer and tailor of this new ‘piece of clothing’ I have to thoroughly understand my models -
so they are able to express themselves with the creation of perfectly fitting ‘new clothes’.
Only the model and I truly understand these ‘new clothes’ as they are highly personal creations.
However, if this ‘outfit’ can evoke emotion and admiration in other viewers – this in itself serves a higher purpose.
Then these ‘new clothes’ may be categorized as a work of art.
My happiest moment is being able to share this with the world.
Art facilitates the movement of abstract concepts in to reality.
In most cases, the medium for art is simply inorganic matter.
Only tattoos are exhibited on a living body – a permanent display to the world.
Every medium allows for art to be portrayed in a unique way.
Yet, the human body is perhaps the single most distinctive medium of all.
This art can only be carried when someone is ready to go through pain and have their blood shed.
The physical body underneath the tattooed skin continues with its daily functions – its mandatory life cycle.
The person then carries this art-skin out and into the wider world.
This person is a living, moving exhibition. The art-skin makes its way across the world, from country to country.
This breathtaking interaction between ink and the dynamic human body gives life to this art.
The art piece changes, grows, ages, dies and is eventually buried with the body.
For someone who genuinely appreciates the power of this art, in death, the tattoo should not remain a subject of the mortal body.
To separate this tattooed skin from the body allows the tattoo to then be seen in its original form – as a Work of Art – a collectible that could be held for auction.
對我而言，紋身就如同當你裸體時候的 “ 一件新衣 “ 。
更加表現你的個性、思想、內心的畫面，現實與抽象的表現。身 為這一件 “ 新衣 “ 的設計師兼裁縫，要懂得主人的內外一切，
為他/她表達，創造一件 “ 合身的新衣 “ ，只有你與牠才懂得這“ 新衣 “ ，
讓牠返回原有的身份: ”一件藝術品” ，讓人收藏、拍賣。
Chinese dictated by Joey Pang of Tattoo Temple
English translation provided by Chris Anderson of Tattoo Temple