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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.

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