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Inked: The Not-So-Taboo Trend of Tattoos in K-pop

Inked: The Not-So-Taboo Trend of Tattoos in K-pop
Photo Credit: Jay Park's Twitter @JAYBUMAOM

By Janine Bower | March 19, 2012

Tattoos can express everything from creative self-reflection to lifelong mistakes. Love them or loathe them, it’s clear that the ink trend is alive and well in K-pop.

To name a few, Super Junior’s Shindong and Sungmin, Lee Hyori, B2ST’s Junhyung, and 4Minute’s Hyuna are all part of the growing ink trend. So in the Kpop industry where their moves are highly scrutinized, what do these tattoos mean for our favorite artists?

In the case of JYJ’s Jaejoong on Elle TV on March 18, 2011 he stated that he has “never once regretted” getting his tattoos, and attaches great significance to each. Unfazed by their stigma, Jaejoong seems, among many other Kpop artists to be proud of his ink.

Another controversial tattoo collection would be that of Big Bang’s G-Dragon. Never one to play it safe with his image, he once said, “To me, fashion is not a price tag or a brand but a pair of wings that I put on in order to show you my real colors.” While many VIPs have expressed their distaste for his tattoos, it seems G-Dragon doesn’t mind wearing his heart on his sleeve permanently.

Additionally Jay Park who is always ready to show off his new tattoos on Twitter, has recently added many to his growing collection. While his image is one that blurs the line between K-pop and hip hop, his message about his latest lion head tattoo stating “Heart of a lion, unbreakable spirit” is identifiable across both genres.

Do you think this trend is as permanent as tattoo ink itself? Leave your comments below!

JYJ’s Jaejoong’s Tattoos

Photo Credit: Elle Magazine Korea

Photo Credit: Elle Magazine Korea

Tattoos in Big Bang
G-Dragon

Photo Credit: Elle Magazine Korea

Photo Credit: J.Mi

Photo Credit: Studio Zila by Zini

Photo Credit: 302 Artwork Studio

Taeyang

Photo Credit: 302 Artwork Studio

Jay Park

Photo Credit: Jay Park's Twitter @JAYBUMAOM

Photo Credit: Jay Park's Twitter @JAYBUMAOM

Tattoos in Super Junior
Sungmin

Photo Credit: Oppaya at Sungmin.com

Kangin

Photo Credit: Tattooism

Shindong

Photo Credit: Tattooism

B2st’s Junhyung

Photo Credit: Junhyung's Twitter

4Minute’s Hyuna

Photo Credit: Twitpic @cubeentofficial

JYJ’s Yoochun

Photo Credit: Yoochun's Cyworld

Se7en

Photo Credit: YG Entertainment

Lee Hyori

Photo Credit: Lee Hyori's Twitter

BoA

Photo Credit: Seoul Sports Korea

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