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Social Science and Public Policy

Ink in East Asia Symposium

April 19, 2019 at 1:00pm5:00pm EDT

Eggers Hall, 220

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1:00 pm Opening Remarks
1:15 pm Takashi Tebori Demonstration
2:00 pm Break and Set-up/takedown
2:15 pm Portfolio Presentation
3:00 pm Break and set-up
3:15 pm Panel Discussion on East Asian Tattoo Culture
4:00 pm Q&A Session
4:30 pm Closing Remarks
4:45 pm Takedown and Mingling


Zhuo Dan Ting is a Chinese tattoo artist from Heilongjiang. Beginning her tattoo career in 2001, Ms. Ting opened her first tattoo parlor in Wenyifuxing in 2003. In 2007, Ms. Ting moved to Shanghai and opened Shanghai Tattoo, which continues to be at the forefront of the tattoo scene in China. Specializing in traditional Chinese art and photorealism, Ms. Ting’s work has earned her praise worldwide. CNN has called her “China’s First Lady of Tattoo.” She is currently residing in Folsom, CA, following the opening of a second Shanghai Tattoo shop there.


Takashi Yamamoto is a Japanese tattoo artist from Fukui prefecture in Japan. He began his training at 22 years old in London. He returned to Japan and began incorporating traditional Japanese techniques into his art. Takashi is one of the youngest practitioners of the traditional Japanese tattoo style known as tebori. Takashi is currently working at the legendary Gokurakuten studio in Fukui.

Joshua Thompson is a California native and has cultivated an avid interest in tattoos from an early age. He built his own tattoo gun at 16 years and began tattooing friends and acquaintances. He is also heavily involved in the punk music scene and has traveled extensively in pursuit of both music and tattoos. He is married to Zhuo Dan Ting and runs two tattoo parlors internationally with her.

Gareth Fisher is an Associate Professor of Religion and Anthropology at Syracuse University. His work focuses on the revival of lay Buddhism in contemporary mainland China where he has conducted ethnographic research for more than a decade. Fisher’s research interests include examining how new converts brought up under the influence of communism become attracted to Buddhist teachings and exploring the cultural politics surrounding the restoration of Buddhist temples in the post-Mao period. He is the recipient of two Fulbright awards and has received research fellowships at Yale University and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Gōttingen, Germany.

Brian Hurley is an Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature, Film, and Culture in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at Syracuse University. He is a student of modern Japanese literature and thought with interests in close reading, film, visual culture, economics, and critical theory. His recent research has also considered literature and politics in midcentury America, theories and practices of translation, and aspects of classical Japanese literature. He serves as the coordinator of the Japanese Studies minor in the Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics, and as the co-organizer of the Asian Humanities in Global Context working group, which he created with the support of the Central New York Humanities Corridor. He is currently finishing his first book, tentatively titled Conspiring With Modern Japanese Literature and Thought. It brings to light a series of previously unexamined dialogues involving prominent writers and intellectuals who “conspired” (or “breathed together”) in a range of ideological contexts from the 1920s-1950s. He has also begun his next project, which examines the nexus of literary and economic forms of imagination in Japan (and beyond) from roughly the 1980s to the present.

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This event was first published on April 16, 2019 and last updated on April 24, 2019.

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