A spirit ward in ancient China, Lao Chen is a master martial artist. The kanji tattoos on his chest, back and arms act as spells, each symbol representing a force of the elements (ie. fire, lightning, strength, weakness, ice, stone, life, death, etc.). As he uses the spells, the tattoos burn off, leaving his skin completely. They must be reapplied by his resident tattoo artist (picture and name coming soon) If anyone's curious, I do have the entire list of spells and corresponding symbols.