Previously associated with gangsters and criminality, now fashionable tattoos in Cambodia are becoming a mainstream accessory for the country's young population.
At a studio in Phnom Penh, one tattoo artist is using his traditional Japanese-style training to ink the city's fashion-conscious.
While recently considered taboo, having visible tattoos on the neck, face or hands is now becoming popular among fashion-conscious young Cambodians.
Here at Black Star in Phnom Penh, they're one of the city's most popular tattoo studios.
Customer Sweetie MC Phalkun has been under the needle several times.
She says her tattoos are purely about artistic expression.
"I love tattoos since I was young," she says.
"So that's why I make it and eh, by the way, like for me tattoo it's like art and it's nothing about gangster and eh, I love mostly like the classic tattoo, eh, more like black and white things, not really colour."
Black Star was set up five years ago by Korean expatriate Sun Kang.
He's a master in the traditional Japanese Irezumi tattoo style, which is commonly associated with the Yakuza mafia in Japan.
Sun began studying tattooing at the age of 24 when he became an apprentice to a Japanese tattoo master who lived in his hometown of Busan, a port town on the southern end of the Korean peninsula.
In the Irezumi style - which dates back to ancient times in Japan - each tattoo has a particular meaning and spiritual significance.
Even though tattoos are now his life, Sun says that in the beginning he did not understand why anybody would want to get a tattoo.
"The first time I came across tattoos was through a gangster friend of mine who had many big tattoos," he explains.
"At that time in Korea tattoos were illegal and the scene was underground. For my perspective, back then I considered tattoos as too expensive, painful to get and I knew many people looked down on them so in the beginning I couldn't understand why anybody would want to get a tattoo."
Before moving to Cambodia, Sun had an underground tattoo shop in South Korea.
Being a tattoo artist in Korea is difficult because while there are no laws specifically outlawing it, the law there says only medical professionals can penetrate a person's skin with a needle.
That means that giving a tattoo unless you are a medical professional is illegal - although it's rarely enforced.
Tattooing there is officially frowned upon because of Korean national military service which requires all males to serve two years in the army unless they are impoverished, disabled or heavily tattooed.
For this reason, the government made tattoo parlours illegal so objectors can't get tattooed to avoid the draft.
Black Star is the only tattoo shop in the Cambodia that uses a professional grade autoclave (sterilising equipment) and western standards of sanitation.
All off the tattooing equipment was imported from Korea and paints are imported from Germany.
Business here was slow at first, but now it's booming with a whole new generation of Cambodians getting inked for the first time.
Sun says that while a few years ago tattoos in Cambodia were often associated with criminality, today they are a fashion accessory popular with ordinary young people.
"The trend is changing here now because four or five years ago mainly bad boys or gangsters got tattoos," he says.
"But nowadays having a tattoo has become fashionable and many ordinary people are now getting them, you even see them getting tattoos on their necks, on their hands, on their fingers."
Around 40 percent of Black Star's customers are locals.
Tribal tattoos are popular with foreigners while Irezumi tattoos are the choice for many Cambodians.
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