Tattooing has always thrived underground, finding a way to exist in the periphery of society. While the United States mainstream has finally embraced tattooing, in South Korea things are very different. Tattooing without a medical license is illegal, yet the industry is thriving despite this. We had the opportunity to speak to two tremendous tattoo artists from Seoul, BK and Timor, while they were visiting Inked NYC. We discussed how tattoos are viewed in South Korea, working in an illegal industry, whether they have been discriminated against for their tattooers and much more.

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