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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.

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.

More info: Instagram (h/t: ufunk)

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love the cat tattoo, but the wings kinda ruin it for me :/ Doesn't match/fit together

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At first I didn't take a good look at this on I just scrolled down think king they were giant blisters! I fell so bad. They are really good!

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love it! It's both hands .. right all but the thumb, left only see two and the third hidden

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

so this is the cover up from one of the other pics and they added color now?

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cool, but needs a touch of blue added into flame to look more realistic.

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You are an amazing artist with such a delicate touch, your ability to do tattoos with out an outlining is astounding!! Where is this artist located I would love to get a tattoo by them!!

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