Exploring Korea’s Illegal Tattooing Scene


Tattooing is actually illegal in South Korea but that hasn’t stopped artists from setting up studios—however to practice it they need to have a doctor’s license. Plus getting a tattoo is a big taboo in the country and is generally frowned upon by society.

In this i-D short doc tattoo artist and activist Grace Neutral heads over there to explore how young South Koreans are challenging this taboo.

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