Tattoos can be seen in many cultures and traditional practices. In Singapore, the practice was and sometimes still is associated with gangs and secret societies. Nowadays, even respectable office ladies have tattoos. Why do people tattoo themselves?
Leaving the Pain Behind is a book that explores some of the painful stories behind these tattoos from the viewpoint of a person without any tattoos. From a stage performer to a DJ, a lawyer, a monk and former student from an elite school in Singapore, the author takes us behind the scenes of sanitary Singapore.