K-pop idols spare no effort to express their artistic identity through elaborate performances, groovy and soulful tunes, stylish outfits and trendy hair colors. However, tattoos are a form of self-expression that they tend to keep somewhat private, due to the negative stereotypes surrounding tattoos and inked skin in South Korean culture.
In socially conservative South Korea, people with tattoos are believed to tend to be antisocial, criminal, gangsters, or juvenile delinquents. Although these beliefs are gradually changing, tattoos can only be administered by medically licensed doctors in the country and are widely banned on national television.
Many young K-pop idols are now defying these outdated norms and are seen showing off beautiful tattoos through their social media pages or during live performances or photo shoots. From Jimin to Soojin, several K-pop beloveds have tattoos that inspire fans to get tattoos too.
Here are seven K-pop idols who express themselves through tattoos
Jimin from BTS
Jimin has new tattoos! Our first glimpse. pic.twitter.com/rQN7kVEYWs
— Jimin Global 🌎 (@JiminGlobal) March 10, 2022
Sending the BTS army into a frenzy, K-pop member Jimin was recently spotted with two new tattoos in addition to his ever-growing collection of incredible body art. Eagle-eyed fans spotted the freshly made ink while he performed at the “Permission to Dance” concert on March 10, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea.
Images of the tattoos captured by excited fans have gone viral Twitter as BTS ARMY swooned over Jimin’s new tattoos and speculated on the meaning behind them. The two new tattoo designs include a minimalist crescent moon on the K-pop idol’s nape and delicate cursive lettering behind his ear, both done in beautiful black ink.
It’s still unconfirmed if the tattoos are permanent or temporary, but either way, fans seem to love it. Jimin is known to have at least four other tactfully hidden tattoos on his arms and sides in addition to the most recent ones.
Although fans have yet to figure out what his moon and cursive tattoos symbolize, most of his tattoos have deep personal meanings attached to them, including dedications to his BTS fans. and his music.
The members of the popular K-pop girl group (G)I-DLE are known for their love of delicate, tiny tattoos. Soojin has the largest collection of eight known tattoos, strategically engraved on different parts of his body.
Her most popular include the minimalist outline of a heart on her shoulder, a cross on her back, a quote that says “self-love is the best love” on the back of her arm, the word “BLUE” on the nape of his neck and the number 1849 on the back of his hand.
Giving a more edgy, cool, and spunky aesthetic to the girl group’s signature style, Soojin’s tattoos stand out beautifully during her live performances and photo shoots.
Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon and Tiffany
The vocalists of beloved K-pop girl group Taeyeon and Tiffany love to flaunt understated, minimalist tattoos with thin lines in various places on their bodies. A tattoo shop famous for its tiny designs, Playground Tattoo, is frequented by Taeyeon to get her delicately feminine ink work done. Sporting meaningful words such as “cool”, “serenity” and “goal”, on her fingers and the back of her neck, the micro tattoos definitely enhance her appearance on stage.
Likewise, Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany also has tiny, barely-there tattoos on her fingers, ribs, and feet. Done by famous celebrity tattoo artist, Jonathan ‘JonBoy’ Valena, who has tattooed Justin Beiber, Hailey Baldwin-Beiber, Sofia Richie and Zayn Malik, Tiffany’s tiny tattoos are nothing short of a pure work of art. art.
Jungkook from BTS
THIS JEON JUNGKOOK 🖤 pic.twitter.com/JombwsXjHL
— ִֶָ (@97SARCHIVES) January 19, 2022
BTS’s Jungkook’s immense love of tattoos is evident in the diverse collection of tattoos scattered all over his body, the latest being a sleeve full of intricate inks extending to his fingertips. Despite his ardent love for tattoo art, there aren’t many instances where Jungkook’s tattoos have been fully exposed to the public.
This may be due to the stigma attached to tattoos in South Korea. He gradually became more comfortable with sharing his tattoos, piercings and other forms of creative expression and even displayed his beautiful finger tattoos on the cover of vogue korea.
Some of his eye-catching tattoos include BTS’s iconic start date 0613 paired with the letters ARMY, emoji symbols, a dainty crown, and a J on his fingers. It also has a tiger flower and the words “Please Love Me” written behind it.
Although Jungkook occasionally honors the loyal BTS ARMY with glimpses of his eye-catching tattoos, he mostly keeps them hidden with flesh-colored bands or long-sleeved garments during official award shows or TV shows. varieties. This is done to achieve a more formal outfit and an understated aesthetic.
A former member of South Korean girl group Sistar and their sub-unit Sistar19, Hyolyn’s most well-known tattoo is the enormous cross artfully drawn on her abdominal region. In 2018, she opened up about the multiple surgeries she had to undergo on her stomach when she was just a baby, and the gnarled cross-shaped scar she left behind.
Hyolyn was born with congenital biliary atresia, a medical condition involving the bile ducts, usually found in newborn babies. She revealed that she struggled with low self-esteem and self-image issues due to the scars on her stomach.
She eventually decided to own her battle scars and simultaneously covered and enhanced them with a huge black and white cross tattoo, which helped her regain her confidence. While explaining what her tattoo means, she said, “It means religion and it means singing for someone.”
Marking his love, devotion and gratitude to his die-hard fans, EXO’s Chanyeol tattooed the date L-1485 on his wrist. The L in his tattoo stands for EXO-L. The numbers represent the day the EXO fan club was founded, which was August 5, 2014.
Apart from this tattoo, Chanyeol has an abstract design of a guitar on his right arm and the word “LOEY” on his middle finger. The K-pop rapper also has a tattooed monkey on his right arm, symbolizing the “year of the monkey” 1992, his year of birth, as well as a minimalist arrow on his forearm.
(Main and featured image credit: Jungkook/@abcdefghi__lmnopqrstuvwxyz/Instagram)