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South Korean Beauty Standards | Tattoos – Jay Park Interview (i-D) [video]

So I guess today was supposed to be a Weekend Kpop Update but to be honest, I don’t really feel like talking kpop news today. I want to talk about another video I found that was discussing a topic that’s kinda important to a lot of you. I know this because it’s one of my most looked at posts and that is, Tattoos in South Korea. We’ve briefly talked about this before but today I’m going to go a little bit more in depth on the topic. I guess consider today a cultural post.

Though once considered extremely taboo and not something seen in an everyday setting, tattoos among the youth in South Korea have become increasingly popular. With idols etching as much skin as possible with various types of tattoos, the youth are following along. There is still a protocol that has to be followed in order to get a tattoo for health regulation purposes. For example, you can’t just walk into any random tattoo parlor on the street you have to go to specific places. (Although I’m sure there are some back-alley parlors.)

But why don’t you ever see these idol/celebrity tattoos on television? Why is it strictly social media?

Check out the clip below as Jay Park explains Korean beauty standards and the effect on tattoos.