Chia Ying Lin is an illustrator, visual designer, vegan and nature lover. She likes to draw people’s life in her little corner and makes self-published zines besides her working time.

Chia Ying Lin

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We asked Chia a few questions about her work...

What is your favourite illustration that you have ever done? Why did you make it?

Still to this day, I still really like the series “Orlando” I made four years ago which was a visual narrative focusing on feminism. During this time, I started to read about feminist issues and wanted to immerse my concerns into my art work. Back then, I was still at university so I had

Do you have an all-time favourite design that you have tattooed, why is it your favourite and who was it for?

It is hard to say one in particular, but my favourites are ones that have a meaning behind them, the tattoos that people get to mark the past and help them move on.

 

Your designs and artwork are often on wood, what is it about this material that you like drawing on?

I am fond of nature and I love the smell of wood, it is nice to mix two of my favourite things. I also like how it makes the painting pop up with the contrast.

 

You have been living abroad in different countries over the last 8 years, do you think any of the cultures you have lived in have influenced your work?

Surely, I think the atmosphere of the places I live in always influences my work.

 

You have lived a lot of the last decade in Japan, how was working in a country as a tattoo artist when tattoos are still often thought of as taboo in Japan?

 

It wasn't easy and well seen, it is one of the reasons why I left. I hope the image of the tattoos in Japan will change someday and soon! However of course some people still get them and I am still going twice a year to Tokyo to tattoo.