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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Adina Čolaković 2 years ago

love it

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Marie Nadjarian 2 years ago

love this

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-- 2 years ago

ooh so delicate

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David 2 years 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 years ago

This is the best IMO, I'm floored.

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Cristina Poncea 2 years ago

Just perfect

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

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

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Emily Rose 2 years ago

WOW!

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Taminator Harrison 2 years ago

I wish I could tell what it says

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MeiMei M 2 years ago

Is this a coverup for a previous tatt?

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

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

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Misty Pal 2 years ago

so very realistic

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Zed 2 years 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 years ago

She's carrying the world on her shoulders

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over opinionated 2 years ago

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

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Kathy Hayes 2 years ago

Beautiful!

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RizkyMariant 2 years ago

What a pretty neck.. (Wrong focus)

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Kathy Hayes 2 years ago

OMG! Gorgeous!

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JMC 2 years ago

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

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Heather Alisse 2 years ago

semicolin=suicide awareness/prevention

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Misty Pal 2 years ago

Lovely & delicate

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Kathy Hayes 2 years ago

Love!

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Shana 2 years ago

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

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Rajani Sarasan 2 years ago

Omg this is so clean and beautiful

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JMC 2 years ago

Excellent.

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Kat 2 years ago

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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Juls Robertson 2 years ago

Romantic.

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Kruno Ričković 2 years ago

Bored panda? :)

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Sharon Bair 2 years ago

Shouldn't the 4 be IV not IIII?

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Caroline Loo-Lew 2 years ago

So pretty

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Megan Wells 2 years ago

nice cover-up , well done

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

EXCELLENT wrap around!

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Misty Pal 2 years ago

very beautiful...

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Caroline Loo-Lew 2 years ago

Whoa?

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Caroline Loo-Lew 2 years ago

Unique

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Kathy Hayes 2 years ago

Wow!

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Gretchen Trevvett 2 years ago

Beautiful Pisces!

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Kathy Hayes 2 years ago

Cool!

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Lucina Sandoval-Gordon 2 years ago

Repeat

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MommyofB 2 years ago

💗

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Misty Pal 2 years ago

wow so very delicate

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marnidarr 2 years ago

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

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Sandra Salviato 2 years ago

Beauty and the Beast !!

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Kathy Hayes 2 years ago

Awesome!

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Caroline Loo-Lew 2 years ago

Prettytttty

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Kathy Hayes 2 years ago

Cute!

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Caroline Loo-Lew 2 years ago

Love

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Jose Baeyens 2 years ago

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

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Adina Čolaković 2 years ago

so simple, but great <3

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MommyofB 2 years ago

💗Love it!

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Caroline Loo-Lew 2 years ago

Love

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Kathy Hayes 2 years ago

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

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Caroline Loo-Lew 2 years ago

Yes

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Caroline Loo-Lew 2 years ago

I want thia

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Kathy Hayes 2 years ago

Love this! Just might get it! If I can sketch it correctly!

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Misty Pal 2 years ago

minimalistic & beautiful

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Caroline Loo-Lew 2 years ago

Yes

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Maggie Grover Bacher 2 years ago

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

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Misty Pal 2 years ago

I'm deeply impressed by this

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MommyofB 2 years ago

💗Love it!

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Marsha Tyszler 2 years ago

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

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MommyofB 2 years ago

Stunning! 💗 I love it 💗

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marnidarr 2 years ago

Just gorgeous!

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Ross Winner 2 years ago

Elk

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Marsha Tyszler 2 years ago

Neat question mark!