Chen Jie is a tattoo artist from China and founder of Newtattoo Studio tattoo workshop. She has become extremely popular on Instagram due to the bewitching beauty of her work, which looks like a watercolor painting. The artist attracted many overseas clients to her native China due to her style, which has the spirit of traditional Chinese culture. She runs her own boutique studio at Sanlitun, where she turns bodies into living canvases.
Here at Enlighten, we looked at the tattoos that Chen Jie makes, with our mouths wide open. We’d love for you to get your daily dose of beauty together with us.
The artist’s career started with some pretty unusual inspiration.
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Chen Jie remembers the day that she saw a tattoo that invited her into the world of body art. It was a tattoo on Angelina Jolie’s arm, that the artist saw in a magazine. She later got even more inspired by an artist who taught her the intricacies of tattooing, and finally, in 2004, she made up her mind to dedicate her life to this art.
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Chen Jie was brave enough to try this challenging watercolor style.
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When she mastered the technicalities of tattooing, she realized that nobody in China was doing tattoos in a watercolor style. She had been fascinated with Chinese paintings and decided to give it a try and master this painting style on human bodies. Later she became famous for it.
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Painting on skin turned out to be pretty much the same as painting on paper.
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While doing her first tattoo, the artist was very nervous. Fortunately, she had a lot of kind and supportive friends who wanted to have a tattoo on their bodies. While speaking about her style, Chen Jie reveals that doing watercolors on the body and on paper is essentially the same. On paper, you need to dilute the ink to get a lighter hue, and on the skin, it’s exactly the same.
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Chen Jie had to overcome many difficulties on her way to success.
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When she started in 2005, tattoos were not very popular. In fact, there were many prejudices about this type of art and being a woman also made it worse for her. Luckily, over the years, the stereotypes have vanished and now the artist even welcomes the parents of her clients who want the same tattoo done.
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Chen Jie revealed that many foreigners now come to get tattoos and trust her as their tattooist. She finds it absolutely moving, since some people who’ve lost their loved ones wanted a commemorative design that symbolized their relationship. Others wanted to remember a place where they had lived. The life stories of the people she tattoos leave an impression on her after each visit.
Bonus: Meet Chen Jie in person — in the process of creating her next masterpiece.
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Which of the tattoos made by Chen Jie would you like to have on your own body?
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