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Grace Neutral Explores South Korea's Illegal Tattooing Scene in 'Beyond Beauty'

Among other hurdles, you need a doctor’s license to be a tattoo artist in South Korea.

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Grace Neutral Explores South Korea's Illegal Tattooing Scene in 'Beyond Beauty'

Among other hurdles, you need a doctor’s license to be a tattoo artist in South Korea.

While tattooing may be illegal in South Korea, it has not stopped thousands of artists from setting up their small studios and shops. Aside from the legal issues behind practicing tattoo art, there is also the fact that a doctor’s license is required in order to practice tattooing. In addition, having a tattoo is considered a serious taboo in South Korea and is not socially acceptable. In the most recent episode of Beyond Beauty produced by i-D, tattoo artist and activist Grace Neutral explores how South Korea’s younger generation is challenging the taboo behind tattooing and embracing the alternative ideas of beauty standards. Watch the video above to learn more about the struggles that Korean tattoo artists and enthusiasts have to face in their home country.

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