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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David
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6 years ago Created 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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Yvonne Bernal
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Yvonne Bernal
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Zed
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6 years ago Created 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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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She's carrying the world on her shoulders

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over opinionated
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

By far my favorite so far it's perfect. Favorite color and animal. ♡♡♡♡

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JMC
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The cat's eyes and the bird are very well done.

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Shana
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6 years ago Created 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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Kat
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6 years ago Created 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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marnidarr
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful but I am pain just looking at it-OUCH.

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Jose Baeyens
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So one can cover up scars or imperfections with a tattoo ?

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Kathy Hayes
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6 years ago Created 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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