Journey to the East. Article about Shanghai tattoo master Just Shao.

By Mark Andrews

Skin Deep. July 2017

Mark Andrews speaks to a Shanghai based tattoo master who is attracting a steady stream of foreigners wanting to study from him. This is a wonderful story…

“Just Shao is a tattoo monk” says Daniel Whitford with a smile. Dan is the latest foreign tudi (student) to make the pilgrimage to an unassuming tattoo shop on Shanghai’s Xiangyang South Road to learn from this master. Just is perhaps the only tattooist in China to employ a 3D effect biomechanical style.

Were Just Shao, or Shao Gang as he is known in Chinese, to don robes he might well be mistaken for a monk but his Zen calling while spiritual is very much rooted in art. It has been a long journey for the 39 year old originally from Wuhan, a city of more than 10 million in the centre of China.

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Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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