6 South Korean Tattoo Artists You Should Know

Xavier in Tattoo Artists

These talented South Korean tattoo artists are hailing from The Land of the Morning Calm! 대박!

First things first: Tattooing is technically illegal in South Korea—only licensed doctors are allowed to perform what they consider a medical procedure. Having said that, any tattoo artist in South Korea is vulnerable to being prosecuted by the local authorities. But that's not stopping them to keep doing what they love. These South Korean tattoo artists are meant to put on your list when you book that flight to Seoul!

1. @hongdam

Korean Tattoo Artist, hongdam/Instagram
Korean Tattoo Artist, hongdam/Instagram

We're loving Hongdam's versatility in tattoos. Despite their tendency to venture other tattoo styles, hongdam is an ace with watercolor and fine line tattoos which are perfect for that subtle feel.

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hongdam/Instagram
hongdam/Instagram
hongdam/Instagram

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2. @dikitattooer

Korean Tattoo Artist, dikitattooer/Instagram
Korean Tattoo Artist, dikitattooer/Instagram

Diki's tattoo style won't be everyone's cup of tea. He's got this distinct touch that we don't see very often, giving traditional tattoos his own spin. We can only describe it as doodle meets semi-primitivism, with the random etchings, parse pop of colors, and a flair for low-key vibes.

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dikitattooer/Instagram
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dikitattooer/Instagram

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3. @micotattoo

Korean Tattoo Artist, micotattoo/Instagram
Korean Tattoo Artist, micotattoo/Instagram

The thing we love the most about Mico's works is the refreshing palette he uses for his works. Head over to his feed to know what we're talking about. It's mainly about toned-down hues as opposed to the usual vibrant ones common in traditional American pieces. Aside from trads, Mico also does a bit of blackwork now and then—and nails it.

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micotattoo/Instagram
micotattoo/Instagram
micotattoo/Instagram

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4. @tattooist_banul

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tattooist_banul/Instagram

Banul's feed is a sweet subtlety wonderland. Everything about her work is absolutely charming. Like most South Korean artists, she also makes use of the fine line technique which fits right in with her style. These are the tattoos even your tight arse mum just might learn to love.

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tattooist_banul/Instagram
tattooist_banul/Instagram

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5. @zihwa_tattooer

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zihwa_tattooer/Instagram

What makes Zihwa stand out among other fine line tattooers in South Korea is their eye for precision and details. It's the kind of delicate blackwork that looks like as if it's printed on skin.

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6. @varotattooer

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zihwa_tattooer/Instagram

This guy's neo traditional tattoos are incredible. He also likes to infuse realism in vivid colors with the details on point.

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zihwa_tattooer/Instagram
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varotattooer/Instagram

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Xavier

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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