News Ticker

Online Concern Over Taboo Japanese Comic-Inspired Chinese ‘Human Embroidery’ Fashion Trend

Online groups including the above promoting "human embroidery" have been taken down

Online groups including the above promoting “human embroidery” have been taken down

Many media say that they feel it has been popularized in China by a character in a Japanese comic, Tokyo Ghoul.

Kerry Allen reports: Chinese media are asking parents to be vigilant about a new, online trend: stitching patterns into your skin.

Online users have in recent weeks been posting pictures on social media of patterns embroidered onto their skin.

18294_1498189718.jpg

It seems to have been inspired by a forbidden Japanese cartoon, and follows a trend set by the controversial “Blue Whale” self-harm and suicide “game”.

Media warn that this form of self-harm may cause a bacterial infection or a virus, and lead to septicaemia.

People's Daily warns parents to look out for such acts of self-harm

People’s Daily warns parents to look out for such acts of self-harm

‘Secretly spreading’

The official People’s Daily warns that skin embroidery is “secretly spreading amongst young people” and shares images that users have been posting online on its Sina Weibo page.

Many of the images show participants using coloured thread to stitch patterns through the skin on their hands, legs, and even their lips. Some also add beads and ribbons as added decorations.

18294_1498189791.jpg

The pictures have received tens of thousands of comments from concerned users. Many call them “sick”, “crazy”, and acts of “self-mutilation”.

“How could this kind of thing be fashionable?” asks “idodyu”. “Yanliang520” adds: “Is playing with your phone not enough entertainment?”

Over 40,000 users commented on People's Daily's Weibo warning, many reacting with horror

Over 40,000 users commented on People’s Daily’s Weibo warning, many reacting with horror

Why?

While there have been many reports overseas of refugees or protesters using lip-sewing as a form of activism, there are concerns in China that this controversial trend gives appropriation to self-mutilation.

Many media say that they feel it has been popularized in China by a character in a Japanese comic, Tokyo Ghoul.

Although officially banned in the mainland, such taboo comics prove popular amongst the country’s youth.

_96607960_517477780.jpg

Some social media users share images of one woman, who has sewn across her lips, collarbone and arms in an attempt to look like Juuzou Suzuya, one of the show’s characters … (read more)

via BBC News

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: