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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4 years ago

love the symmetry

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4 years ago

this is pretty

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RizkyMariant
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4 years ago

I wuf this one!

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4 years ago

ooh so delicate

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4 years ago

wow it looks so translucent, almost as if it isn't there

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Lynn Samantha
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4 years ago

This is the best IMO, I'm floored.

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Cristina Poncea
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4 years ago

Just perfect

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Yvonne Bernal
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4 years ago

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

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Emily Rose
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4 years ago

WOW!

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Su Yang
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4 years ago

Nice minimalism

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MeiMei M
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4 years ago

Is this a coverup for a previous tatt?

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Yvonne Bernal
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4 years ago

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

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Jude Westray
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4 years ago

Lovely

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Melody Lanzatella
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4 years ago

BEAUTIFUL!

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4 years ago

She's carrying the world on her shoulders

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Misty Pal
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4 years ago

OMG this is the soo good I'm floored

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Misty Pal
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4 years ago

OMG this is the best one yet

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RizkyMariant
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4 years ago

What a pretty neck.. (Wrong focus)

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KT Kat
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4 years ago

Love!!!

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Sherry Thomas
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4 years ago

WoW! That's a REAL cat!

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RizkyMariant
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4 years ago

PRETTY!

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Misty Pal
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4 years ago

Lovely & delicate

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over opinionated
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4 years ago

So simple and pretty. I think I could do that one.

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Shana
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4 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
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4 years ago

Omg this is so clean and beautiful

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Debora Hand
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4 years ago

Angie you need this one

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Misty Pal
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4 years ago

I'm so sooo in love with this one

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Misty Pal
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4 years ago

such subtlety, very talented artist

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Kruno Ričković
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4 years ago

Bored panda? :)

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Sharon Bair
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4 years ago

Shouldn't the 4 be IV not IIII?

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Misty Pal
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4 years ago

so sooo lovely...I want this

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Yvonne Bernal
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4 years ago

EXCELLENT wrap around!

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Misty Pal
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4 years ago

very beautiful...

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Cynthia Green
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4 years ago

Lovely

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Caroline Loo-Lew
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4 years ago

Unique

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Kathy Hayes
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4 years ago

Wow!

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Gretchen Trevvett
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4 years ago

Beautiful Pisces!

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Kathy Hayes
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4 years ago

Cool!

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Lucina Sandoval-Gordon
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4 years ago

Repeat

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MommyofB
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4 years ago

💗

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Misty Pal
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4 years ago

wow so very delicate

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marnidarr
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4 years ago

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

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Sandra Salviato
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4 years ago

Beauty and the Beast !!

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Kathy Hayes
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4 years ago

Awesome!

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Misty Pal
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4 years ago

looks lovely and delicate

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Kathy Hayes
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4 years ago

Cute!

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Caroline Loo-Lew
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4 years ago

Love

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Jose Baeyens
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4 years ago

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

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Adina Čolaković
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4 years ago

so simple, but great <3

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Cynthia Green
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4 years ago

Very beautiful

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over opinionated
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4 years ago

Such a lonely figure. It's very pretty

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Sara Counts
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4 years ago

How many fingers??

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Caroline Loo-Lew
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4 years ago

Yes

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Fabien Schumibarker
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4 years ago

Vive Paris !

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Kathy Hayes
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4 years ago

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

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Misty Pal
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4 years ago

minimalistic & beautiful

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Caroline Loo-Lew
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4 years ago

Yes

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Maggie Grover Bacher
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4 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
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4 years ago

I'm deeply impressed by this

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MommyofB
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4 years ago

💗Love it!

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Marsha Tyszler
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