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Ganesha being inked in body tattoos in China

Beijing: China’s tattoo artists are inscribing pictures of Hindu God Ganesha as the fashion for tattooing the entire body is spreading fast in the country. Reflecting this trend, Beijing-based Global Times daily carried a picture of Ganesha inked on the back of a tattoo enthusiast.

The booming trade has spawned several popular tattooing subjects like pictures of celestial beauties, dragons and snakes, tiger face and faces of lovers of tattoo wearers. But the use of Ganesha in the atheist country suggests increasing interests in Hinduism among the youth, observers said.

There are nearly 300,000 tattoo shops in China with over 2,000 of them being in Beijing alone, according to Fu Hailin, director-general of the China Association of Tattoo Artists.