Vietnamese artist featured in “The World Atlas of Tattoo” by Anna Felicity Friedman
Nguyen Dang Thien, a tattooist in Ho Chi Minh city has been featured in a book by a US tattoo historian on the work of 100 notable artists around the world.
Popularly known as Danis Nguyen, he is the only Vietnamese and one of 16 Asian artists in “The World Atlas of Tattoo” by Anna Felicity Friedman.
Published by Yale University Press, the book uses more than 700 color illustrations and experts’ text to tell stories about both historical and contemporary tattoo practices in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands.
It also tracks the movement of tattoo styles out of their indigenous settings to be transformed into multicultural, hybrid designs.
Thien, 37, who moved to Ho Chi Minh city from Nha Trang, has been studying and practicing the art for around 10 years. He currently runs a tattoo shop with some others in city’s downtown./.
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