Category Archives: StreetArt

Soltattoo | Tattoos in S.Korea

Alright so I ran across a story on a few websites that looked pretty familiar to me. This is me not trying to persuade you to go get a tattoo (I personally don’t have any and won’t get any), but introducing you to another aspect of what is sometimes called, “youth culture” and that is, the Art of Tattoos.

I’ve been seeing a bit on tattoos in South Korea and how they’re illegal. It was really curious to me because I keep seeing all these idols, rappers, and actors with tattoos and my thought was, “how can they be illegal and nobody gets in trouble for having them?” So my investigative instincts kicked in and I discovered the truth on the matter.

Tattoos are not illegal in Korea. However, it depends on who is doing the tattoo, that is what determines the legality of getting a tattoo. Apparently, the law states that they must be done by medical practitioners only. In layman’s terms, only a doctor can give you a tattoo. So unless this doctor has a tattoo parlor, going to one to get a tattoo is illegal.

But that doesn’t stop them from cropping up nor does it stop people from going and getting them. Afterall, once you get one, who’s to say that you didn’t go to a doctor? Not telling you to break the law here but I can see how it could potentially fly under the radar of police or whoever does the prosecution on this. And there’s the whole thing of tattoos still being a bit taboo.

However, the tattoo lovers in Korea are trying to change this on all aspects by acting to make it legal and by making it more mainstream and less of a taboo. Enter, Soltattoo. It’s a tattoo shop that gained a lot of fame a few months ago for offering cat tattoos to cat owners. Though the “cat tats” were nice, they do so much more than that.

Artist Highlight: Junkhouse

I keep stumbling on things the more I research. This artist I stumbled upon goes by the name of Junkhouse. I’ve looked at some of the pictures posted online by this artist and on the facebook page and I’ve got to say very creative!

This isn’t your typical street art with just the artwork painted and drawn out in various places, some of the things Junkhouse has produced are sculptures and paintings. Junkhouse has had different exhibitions and is apparently pretty well known. Still a current artist working on a new projects.

Art Work: http://www.junkhouse.net/artwork/artwork_list_04.htm

Street Art: http://www.junkhouse.net/streetart/streetart.htm

Exhibitions: http://www.junkhouse.net/exhibition/exhibition.htm

Street Art in Busan

Quick post!

I was just googling images of artwork and doing some research on different topics and low and behold I find a genre that I have always been fond of, “graffiti” or “street art”. In Busan, from what I’ve been told, there is an area full of artwork on the walls and streets. I just thought I’d post this article I found on http://busanhaps.com/graffiti-busan-people/ that highlights this art.

Check it out! I’ll be periodically posting more of these things that I find. I’ll probably do a post later on the history behind street art and how at one time it was used for the economical advancement in the U.S.

#staytuned