Why are so many people getting tattoos? In Good Shape talks to psychologist Dirk Hofmeister, a skin specialist from Leipzig.
For Samoans, traditional tattoos are more than body adornment. Tataus, as they’re called there, display status and descent and are said to enhance vitality. German Tomasi Sulu'ape is a master of Samoan-style tattoo art.
With skin art long associated with Japan's underworld gangs, one artist is defying pressure from the authorities to give up his profession. And supporters say that if he loses, the entire industry in Japan is at risk.
A German minister has called for Europe-wide regulations on the chemicals in tattoo inks and better hygienic standards. One tattoo shop owner has said there are more rules for sausage-sellers than for tattoo artists.
A Japanese "serial killer" apparently preyed on lonely individuals, some of whom were considering suicide. The case has raised questions about how people become disconnected from society. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
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