Suu Kyi Supporters Get Tribute Tattoos After Democracy's Victory

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Democracy supporters of Myanmar celebrate their victory by getting political leader Suu Kyi's portrait immortalised on their skin.

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It's been a historic past few weeks for Myanmar (or as it's previously called, Burma) since the landslide election victory of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Ky in mid-November this year.

NLD leader Suu Kyi or Mother Suu, as some would refer to her, had been put under house arrest for fifteen years for her active role in supporting democracy to overthrow the two decades of military-backed rule in the nation.

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Dene-hern Chen/BuzzFeed

Suu Kyi fronted Myanmar's most prominent pro-democracy movement. She's also one of the most well-known contemporary political leader in Asia.

But despite all her efforts, the political leader won't be eligible to run for presidency in the nation due to the provisions in the country’s constitution that keep people with foreign-born children from holding a position in the office. Which means that the responsibility may pass on to her co-members in the political party.

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Supporter B Za describes to his artist, Nga Lunn how he'd like his Aung San Suu Kyi tattoo to turn out. Below the portrait are the words “Freedom From Fear,” which were taken from her in 1990. These words refer to her strong belief that those who oppose her may be the ones who held the power but it is them who fears her rather than the other way around.

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Kyaw Say, another supporter expressed his plans on adding a famous Suu Kyi quote to his portrait tattoo.

“‘You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you know is right,’” he quoted the political leader. “I really hope she can make the future better for our people,” he added.

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Dene-hern Chen/BuzzFeed

The woman above is Nyo Mi Thwin, a 44-year-old mother of two teenagers, who was one of the youths who actively took part in the pro-democracy movement in the 80s. A student activist, she lost count of how many times she was detained throughout college to be interrogated.

“I know May Suu’s [Mother Suu’s] qualifications and I really look up to her,” she said with conviction.

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All this took place at Golden Land Tattoo Studio, which opened in 2003 in Bogyoke Market. It's said to be the first tattoo establishment in Yangon.

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Dene-hern Chen/BuzzFeed

Two fellow activists and tattoo enthusiasts talk about politics, the future of the nation, and their next plans on their new tattoos.

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Dene-hern Chen/BuzzFeed

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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