The youth-centered K-pop market is constantly searching for the next big thing. Young people in this scene get easily bored with the tried and true, and for this reason, they’re usually the agents that soak up Western attitudes and unique fashion trends and bring it back to Korea. One of the most interesting of said trends is the attitude toward tattoos.
In Korea, tattoos have long been considered taboo and people take care to keep them hidden in public. But nowadays, idols’ acceptance of tattoos reflects a liberalization of Korea’s mainstream culture. With their appearances on broadcasts in all their tatted glory, idols are challenging the market to keep up with the pace of an increasingly dynamic youth who don’t care so much for conservative taboo.
So with that, let’s take a look at some male idols and their ink: B.A.P’s Bang Yong Guk
Bang Yong Guk has a tattoo on his back that says "Do what u like and luv What u do" and another one on his right bicep that says "Make Art Not War ". JYJ’s Jaejoong
Though Jaejoong has tattoos all over body, we’ll focus on one of his earlier ones, located on his back. Here, it reads, "The pleasure of the mighty are the tears of the poor," "Hope to the end," and "A song will outlive all sermons in the memory". Block B’s Taeil
Taeil has a tattoo of "777" on his wrist because 7 is a symbol of good fortune. Another tattoo he has is that of a dice with " MVP " and " Lucky ". Kris
Kris has many tattoos as well, but his Borneo Scorpion is probably his most well-known one. The design is a tribal tattoo that represents valiance and protection. Big Bang’s Taeyang
Taeyang is known to be an adherent of Christianity. And the way he chose to express his deep attachment to his religion is through ink. He […]