April 7, 2009 2:48 PM

Taboo removal: In China, tattoos make a comeback

Tattoos have been around for nearly a millennium in China. After decades of Communist Party rule, however, soldiers and police officers must be ink-free. Sports stars rarely have them. And employers discriminate against those with tattoos, thinking they signal a criminal bent. Yet in the past few years, scores of tattoo parlors have opened in China's capital, often in back alleys and in private apartments.

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