Video: Mirae, a tattoo artist in Seoul, is not concerned that what she does is technically illegal.
Getting a tattoo is still frowned upon in many circles in South Korea. Giving a tattoo is — in the eyes of the law at least — an even greater sin.
Technically, only medical doctors are allowed to do tattooing. Mirae and Yo-Yo, two 25-year-old tattoo artists living and working in the capital, Seoul, are certainly not that.
Mirae is a part-time model with a keen interest in fashion; Yo-Yo used to work in clothes shops, before taking a working holiday to Australia, where she began to consider training as a tattoo artist.
“I used to draw from time to time while I was in Australia, and some of my friends who I met in Australia or while travelling asked me to draw for their tattoos, or they got a tattoo from my drawing,” she said.
Yo-Yo decided she could not only draw the tattoos but give them, too.
“I think it’s more meaningful,” she said.
Yo-Yo’s not too worried about the fact the profession she has chosen is illegal.
“I think it’s quite silly,” she said. “Have a look around — you guys can see lots of people who have a tattoo.”
The studio the young women share with about eight other artists is located underground, like many tattoo businesses. However, outside the entrance is a large sign displaying the business’s name and line of work.
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