How Jay Park is changing attitudes to Korean Beauty


I’m grace neutral a tattoo artist and activist I don’t know if my freaked out by my tattoos or the fact that I’m wearing a barber and coat in a spa I’m interested in ideas of alternative beauty and pushing our boundaries of positive body image I think never wear makeup again don’t you I will die to me the human body is a beautiful thing in all its forms what Gracie couldn’t look like if she didn’t her face having traveled to South Korea to explore its alternative beauty industry I’ve witnessed firsthand the social stigma towards tattooing and body art a woman adored hey we were there you would they wanna pay open all much of this perception comes from the traditional Association of tattoos with gang members I wanted to find out more about this negative relationship between body art and South Korea’s prejudices I’ve been in touch with the tattoo artist called Hernan who said he can introduce me to a gang member at his studio I’m a little nervous as I don’t know what to expect so this is your friend mr. Kim yes nice to meet you so there seems to be this stigma around tattooing and having tattoos in South Korea being attached to gang members and criminals can you explain to me is that true hanwen Omo kadachan idea more sorry my opponent corollary co-winner puja mental your total coordinate relies on your total emission of humans all animal kingdom go to Sameera you don’t you try Yana I’m gonna ask you a really blunt question are you in again Jenny yes what do you do that is that makes you a gangster you chain monarch you choking on Earth how about Jane garage Oh Cassandra phase of ontological Capitol Rotunda the pension under yawn haha Toro ever addressed hey hello not you so the rules that you’ve established within the gang that’s the rule that you abide by rather than the government laws bukhansan dance on you see their goddamn dot a ghetto where the Hazara potato Jimmy’s orangey color dum da da er streamed and young when you say do you know mou of sheer cuz kinderga– scientism guy : you know subsequently on go because Hollinger police are you call develop language so does everyone in your gang have a tattoo ping me on you totalmente machel montano mission yalla mission ah that’s pretty fair the rest of South Korea might think tattoos and gangs are related is true because only one person out of your home gang doesn’t have tattoos Uncle Joe meeting mr. Kim help me understand that if they’re still an association between tattoos and gang members gangsters and not the ones flaunting it over the last few years attitudes towards tattoos have been shifting particularly amongst the younger generation a massive 90% of young South Koreans identify as k-pop fans maybe the popularity of music stars and celebrities publicly parading their tattoos has something to do with the ship jay Park is one of k-pops biggest stars with over 1.2 million followers on Twitter and Instagram he’s a massive pop sensation in South Korea and well known for having extensive tattoos I’m on my way to meet him near your studio in Gangnam Seoul from what I hear you like the Justin Bieber of South Korea so one thing I have noticed in South Korea is the fact that the cosmetics industry is huge and plastic surgery is commonplace even just younger people like people who are in high school and almost as young as middle school they get cosmetic surgery mm-hmm yeah this is what I’ve heard I’ve heard the young girls get nose jobs or double eyelid surgery as a present from their parents when they graduate yes like that Botox or you get fat injections in your eyelids or whatever whatever that’s just very very common did you find that getting tattoos and being in the public eye in South Korea did that have an impact on your fan base at all or oh yeah it really did um well first off my family really dislikes it my parents really just liked it and also my own fans would bash me because you know way before tattoos were always associated with the Mafia or whatever I mean you can’t see it on TV it because they blurred out oh really yeah so if you if they did a performance of you on the TV and you were wearing like a vest they flare out your arm but they wouldn’t even let me you know I’d have to wear like gloves and like a long sleeve although there is still some way to go full acceptance stars like jay Park have a big influence on changing the attitudes towards tattooing in South Korea this is giving younger generations the confidence to explore alternative ideas of beauty it’s my final day in Seoul and I have headed to a small tattoo studio run by a female tattoo artist called EDA she’s expecting a young lady who wants to get her first tattoo I love being able to be part of someone’s first experience with tattooing so I’m pretty elated right now coming for her mom and dad are outside and Isis is here so it’s gonna be a nice family day they’re very nice taking this dinner and I’m sure this wind how much was it I was under chicken division of her handler woman whoa hoody today did I open it up we have another object what killed in a green depositor in Dominica button a tree I’m reaching underneath the cover when you’re a wild man and animal moves ricotta focus to another v oh no no he shall vocational guru Singh well done babe ya know again and beyond don’t booty – ma’am Teague moon has a dream in time either first reaches which remember Laura she always gets the more she goes for Voisin night so he has just had her first tattoo done which is very exciting but the even more exciting thing about it is is her dad is actually going to get a tattoo as well and from talking to the guys at the front this is the sort of thing that would make the local news so this is pretty big deal right now job and back in the day you could you use your job for having a dirty yeah and I just really respect him and love the fact that he’s still young and a rebel at heart and doesn’t really give a about what South Korean site you would think of him with the tattoo his bad after this one if he is happy for disc otaku next well he may come up again starting a to revolution for the older generation yeah yeah he’s brave it was quite amazing to see the dad finally get his first tattoo 30 years after he initially wanted one it showed how much things are changing in South Korea for my final evening in the city I wanted to meet up with tattoo artist at broken and share my thoughts on the experiences I’ve had here before I came to Seoul the research that I did all I really got from online and reading and looking on the news is that there’s a booming plastic surgery industry here and it’s all about plastic surgery and cosmetics and it was really refreshing coming here and actually seeing how many young people in Seoul I actually open-minded and these younger generations are kind of breaking down barriers with it one of the generation Israel I find really beautiful ways the fact that a lot of the older generation seem to be embracing the younger generations culture change and I find that really inspiring for singing this is a like is all about culture and a really natural like a raining so no one can stop the raining so we have to keep fighting and then we will survive I really hope that you continue to push borås with with your art and your passion and keep writing because I know you will and you’re really brave thank you so much I’ve traveled to South Korea where amazingly tattooing is illegal I’m going to explore their six billion dollar domestic beauty industry and k-pops influence on Korean beauty ideals so we’re here in Myeongdong in Seoul which is basically like the epicenter of beauty

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