Tattooing in Korea – is it legal? Is it illegal? That would be “yes” to both questions. “What? Wait. How can it be both legal and illegal at the same time?” In this interview with Korean tattoo artist Ru Hwan, we’ll find out more.
Technically speaking, tattooing is legal in Korea (yes, this article is about South Korea of course), but you’ll need to be a licensed doctor in order to perform this type of “skin surgery”.
Now imagine yourself that you’re at the end of six years of medical studies at the university, it’s time to decide which path to choose: should you become a GP, a skin specialist, a surgeon or perhaps you should go wild and chase your childhood dream of becoming a tattoo artist?
Just like in every other country in the world, people with medical degrees don’t become tattoo artists – they become doctors – and that’s a good thing, because we all need someone who might be able to cure us when we are sick, but some of us also needs creative persons that can create art on our skin every now & then.
Graduation day at the Medical University: “Should I become a doctor or a tattoo artist?”
The wonderful & talented Zsófia Bélteczky @ Budapest Tattoo Convention 2016.
Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary. One of the largest cities in the European Union, the city is famous for its thermal baths, ruin pubs and the Great Synagogue – which is the largest Jewish house of worship in the world outside New York City. In Budapest you can also visit places like Budapest Pinball Museum (“Great for a rainy day!”, according to a review on tripadvisor.com) and the House of Terror Museum. The city has a troubled, yet fascinating history and there are plenty of architectural interesting places to see, but we didn’t go there for that. I brought my friend to Budapest, so that we could check out the Budapest Tattoo Convention 2016.