The Underground Subculture Of Female Korean Tattoo Artists

The Underground Subculture Of Female Korean Tattoo Artists

But at the end of the day, it’s better to be doing something you love than to spend your whole life scared and wondering.”

What country would be in your mind when we talk about fashion and Asian pop culture? Yes, it’s South Korea. These days, tattoo culture has been increasingly accepted by the society since it’s greatly posed as a norm on popular singer group artist and the young Korean generations are seeking for ways to express themselves beyond clothing and accessories by having tattoos on their bodies. It’s completely legal for you to have tattoos in South Korea, but it is actually illegal to be a tattoo artist. This law brings the rise of underground tattoo parlour in South Korea where you could get a tattoo by bearing the risk of getting arrested together with the shut down of that particular tattoo shop.

Now, what happens when you are a Korean girl with uncountable tattoos on your body and at the same time, you happen to be a tattoo artist? “It’s not easy,” says Jiran, one of the female Korean tattoo artists, who left her job as a veterinarian’s assistant to pursue her dream of opening up a tattoo shop. “But at the end of the day, it’s better to be doing something you love than to spend your whole life scared and wondering.” (To read the full interview by Vice, click here.)

Let’s admire some of the body art on these female Korean tattoo artists through a gallery below.

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