Bureau Bites is a regular “pod-bite” bringing you the latest news from Vietnam and the region.
When you think of Italy, you think of great food and wine and great cities like Milan and Venice.
In 2018, over 60 million tourists visited Italy, making it the 5th most visited country in the world behind France, Spain, the US and China.
Meanwhile, Venice is Italy’s most popular city for tourists with close to 28 million foreign visitors checking out its romantic canals and architecture in 2017.
However, sadly, Italy has become the epicentre of the COVID-19 spread, with the highest number of recorded deaths from the virus (at the time of recording this episode).
That number is now edging towards 17,000, according to the World Health Organisation as of April 8.
To find out more about life on the ground in Venice, we speak to world-renowned Venetian tattoo artist, Crez, who operates from his Adrenalink studio in Marghera, not far from his city’s tourist mecca.
Crez is one of just 100 tattoo artists globally who earned the right to be included in Anna Felicity Friedman’s World Atlas of Tattoo published in 2015; it’s an honour that recognises inductees as the most significant practitioners in the history of tattooing.
He also has a strong connection to Vietnam.
We ask Crez the following questions:
1. Where in Venice are you in relation to the tourist areas that many people listening would know about?
2. How has your neighbourhood been affected?
3. How will this change Italy?
4. Usually you would be spending your days tattooing people, how are you spending your days at the moment?
5. You have a strong affinity with Asia, including with Vietnam, what message do you have for listeners in this part of the world?
Produced by Matthew Cowan. Follow Matt on Instagram at @mattcowansaigon
Edited by Melanie Casul. Melanie is The Bureau’s Content Manager. Follow her on Instagram at @melaniecasul
Special thanks to Crez. Follow him on Instagram at @crez_adrenalink
Feature photo by Tan Rock. Follow him on Instagram at @tanrockphoto