South Korean artist Hongdam offers an alternative to big and garish tattoo designs. His distinct style is light and elegant but while it appears minimalistic, each intricate piece consists of a huge amount of detail.


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There was a time, not so very long ago, when people with tattoos were not allowed in public baths or swimming pools in South Korea. Now, however, things are slowly changing for the better. Hongdam has almost 160,000 Instagram followers and is one of the few bold artists who are shaping the face of tattoo culture in his country.

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Allison 2 months ago

Wowwww

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Adina Čolaković 2 months ago

love it

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Marie Nadjarian 2 months ago

love this

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-- 2 months ago

ooh so delicate

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David 2 months ago

From the distance this one could look like the person has their hand wounded. "Are you okay, what ha... Oh, nice tattoo!"

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Lynn Samantha 2 months ago

This is the best IMO, I'm floored.

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Cristina Poncea 2 months ago

Just perfect

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Yvonne Bernal 2 months ago

I LOVE this even better, when shown like this. Clever indeed!

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Emily Rose 2 months ago

WOW!

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Taminator Harrison 2 months ago

I wish I could tell what it says

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MeiMei M 2 months ago

Is this a coverup for a previous tatt?

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Yvonne Bernal 2 months ago

The angles are SPOT ON! This took a lot of time and effort.

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Misty Pal 2 months ago

so very realistic

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Zed 2 months ago

Ten years and it will look like a small bruise... not so clever (trust me i'm a tattooist)

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-- 2 months ago

She's carrying the world on her shoulders

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