Au Wei – Shipwright, Junk Builder






Shau Kei Wan When we arrive at the deserted Kwong Ming Shipyard after a short walk along Tam Kung Temple Road in Shau Kei Wan, Mr Au (亞神) is asleep. His dog eyes us suspiciously and barks the drowsy shipwright awake. Mr Au’s somnolence makes sense for a semi-retired 87-year-old and given the steep decline…






Rohit Dugar – Brewer






2005, Hanover, New Hampshire. A young grad student joins his classmates at a local tavern. He’s served an unusual beer, something he’s never tried before: ‘Smuttynose’. The bottle has a picture of a seal on it. The taste: an aroma of hops paired with caramel. It’s different; another level of richness, complexity and flavour. Something…






Yam Wai-sang, Traditional Letterpress Printer






It’s a late October morning and the city has shut down as typhoon Haima makes landfall. Despite the storm outside it’s business as usual at the Kwong Wah Printing Company on Sai Street in the quiet neighbourhood of Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan. In fact Yam Wai-sang, the second generation owner of Kwong Wah has…






Mark Lau, Wan Chai Barber






Since 1962 Oi Kwan Barber’s has been running out of a tin shack in an alley between two old Wan Chai tenement buildings.  Over five decades the little shop on Spring Garden Lane has taken care of the neighbourhood’s barbering, serving men from all walks of life who reclined, gossiped, debated and joked while the…






Leon Lam-Hien, Tattoo Artist






Leon Lam-Hien is a tattoo artist who operates his studio, Shitoujii, out of an old tenement building in Mong Kok. Born in South Vietnam, Leon grew up in Lyon, France. He worked as an industrial designer before becoming a professional tattoo artist 15 years ago. He’s been working in Hong Kong since 2007.






Professor Wong Chai Lok – Scholar, Educator, Calligrapher






Professor Wong Chai Lok, also known by his aliases ‘Ming-Fu’ and ‘Lok-Yung’, is renowned both for his major contributions to education in Hong Kong and to Chinese calligraphy. Over his long career, Professor Wong held many public and private posts, including Inspector of Schools and Headmaster of Government Schools. He has worked for over 60…






John Hobbie, painter of Hong Kong






John Hobbie is a Hong Kong-based theatre set designer. He’s a full time production designer for Disney, and the man behind the entrance hall to the giant DHL balloon that can be seen over the West Kowloon skyline. He’s also an artist who has been painting or drawing one Hong Kong scene a day, mostly…






Mr. Chan, the flautist by those ATMs in Central






Mr. Chan is a street musician who plays a Dizi (笛子), a type of bamboo flute that is used in Chinese folk music and Chinese opera. On most days Mr. Chan can be found by the ATMs on the corner outside the AON China Building on Queen’s Road Central.






Lai Kei Ice Cream Shoppe, Macau






In a fantastic twist of irony, our inaugural Dan Tat Monster post takes root in Macau! Next week we will write about Shenzhen, and the week after will take us farther afield, to Shanghai, then Inner Mongolia. We kid, we kid. So, on this swelteringly hot and oppressively humid day, we turn your attention to…