This ins one of my road tattoos, which are commemorative, site-specific, community-based, tattoo-inspired public artworks on roads.

Part of the 2008 Beijing Chinese Biennial which focused on hanzi, this piece explores the cliché of Eastern text and images in Western tattoo culture.  By using overly familiar hanzi characters, wu and fu, coupled with dragon images, the tattoo aggressively gives the viewer the five blessings - old age, wealth, health, love of virtue and a peaceful death - readable when approached in either direction on the road.  Yet as the viewer continues over the road tattoo, the second fu is inversed, meaning blessings have arrived; and, the second dragon faces the first meaning happy reunion.   Therefore, the meaning of the entire road tattoo becomes the five blessings have arrived for a happy reunion, alluding to the 2008 Beijing Olympics which occurred during the Biennial.  Due to a translation error, the road tattoo was installed in white, the color of death in China, adding an unexpected additional meaning. 

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