Thinking of getting a new tattoo? Have a look at South Korean tattoo artists! Creativity in Korea is thriving not just in fashion, makeup and music but also in tattoos.
While we're not able to travel there to get inked at the moment, we can always get ideas and inspiration from them.
Keep reading to check out 12 amazing Korean tattoo Instagram accounts you should follow!
Raised in Busan, South Korea, June Jung now has her own tattoo and painting studio in Los Angeles.
She's known for her masterful watercolour and illustrative tattoos of botanical and natural subjects like flowers and animals. Her work has a sense of movement to it with soft yet eye-catching colours.
Woo Jin Choi, who also goes by the name Oozy, is a Seoul based tattoo artist whose work reflects his background in animation. His intricately detailed tattoos range from realism to Japanese anime-style, often with a macabre touch. He uses fine black and grey lines as well visually arresting colours.
Ovenlee's tattoos have a comforting cosy cottagecore vibe to it, created using rough linework and lively colours that almost gives them a delicate embroidered look.
Her work revolves around relaxing imagery like natural landscapes, fairies and flowers as well as Disney and Studio Ghibli characters.
Inspired by norigae (노리개), an adornment worn with the Korean traditional hanbok, tattoo artist Sion Kwak incorporates their intense colours and traditional patterns to her work.
Many of her tattoos have lotuses, magnolia flowers and cranes with intricate knots, a beaded charm and tassels that look like they're fluttering in the wind.
Hongdam 홍담 creates incredibly intricate, fine-lined tattoos that look like they belong on canvas and displayed at an art gallery.
His tattoos ranges from flowers and animals to more unusual ones like a festival of the Joseon Dynasty era in Korea.
One of the tattoo artists in Studio by Sol, Lit creates tattoos that usually feature his trademark blue and yellow colours which makes them stand out.
If you're looking for a vibrant tattoo with a striking colour combination, his Instagram account is the place to take inspiration from.
Nana's tattoos have a neo traditional style with pronounced lines and beautiful bold colours. Her work also has a lovely pencil drawn quality to it.
A great plus to this style of tattoo is its longevity as bold designs and thick lines tend to look just as badass once they eventually fade over the decades.
Goodmorning's moniker was inspired by his imaginary friends who live in said town. Many of his tattoos are of cute cartoon animals, presumably the imaginary friends, in a playful and minimalist style.
Along with his signature Booger Bear, his tattoos also feature other animals like dinosaurs, pigs, rabbits as well as human characters, flowers and food items.
Pitta's tattoo has a unique and striking look thanks to its unusual combination of traditional Korean aesthetics and modern fine art style.
He often uses traditional Korean Obangsaek colours of white, black, blue, yellow and red to create tattoos that pops against the skin.
Seoul based tattooist Dora creates delicate pastel tattoos that have a subtle look against the skin.
With fine, rough lines and light colours, her tattoos are reminiscent of coloured pencil drawings.
TAN TATTOO is known for their tiny and colourful hand poked, aka stick n poke, tattoos that have a distinctive and intricate dotted look.
This type of tattoo tends to heal faster than traditional tattoos, although they tend to be more painful and take a longer time to complete.
Tattooing in a unique old-school cartoon style with thick lines, Woo is known for creating adorable animals contorted in unusual positions.
From far, a tattoo might look like a simple heart, skull or locket. But go a little closer and you'll see that it's a cat, tiger or monkey bent in a funny position - love it!
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