K-Pop Idols with Tattoos and Piercings

Tattoos have been seen as a form of rebellion and deemed as unattractive in South Korea. However, for some people, tattoos are a means of expressing ones self and healing, including for K-Pop idols. Many idols have decided to ink their body with meaningful tattoos that will always keep them reminded of the important things in life. Both female and male idols rock these bad-ass tattoos. Moreover, some of them also decided that piercings would go well with their tattooed bodies.

Here are your 20 K-Pop idols and their tattoos:

1. BIGBANG G-Dragon’s Tattoo

This petite leader of BIGBANG is known for having many tattoos on his body. On every angle, you can probably spot at least one tattoo. His most notable one is “too fast to live, too young to die” on his back right shoulder. This tattoo conveys the meaning that we need to live life to the fullest. Another one is “Vita Dolce” on his upper right arm, meaning “the good life“. He also has two small ‘x’ tattoos above his belly button, making his belly button look like it’s screaming. He also has a Dragon Ball tattoo with eight stars on the ball since his birthday is 8/18/1988.

2. A K-Pop Diva, Lee Hyori’s Tattoo

Lee Hyori is not just a legendary K-Pop diva, but also a nature activist. She has been working on charity work for animals and the environment outside of her celebrity life. To honor nature, she inked “Walk Lightly in the Spring, Mother Earth is Pregnant” on her right arm, along with two flowers. She also has a turtle and heart tattoo on her right hip.

3. Girls’ Generation Tiffany’s Tattoo

Who would’ve thought a Girls’ Generation’s member would have a tattoo? Tiffany marks her left rib with the writing “Toujours belle“, which is French for “forever beautiful“. Interestingly, many fans believe that this particular tattoo is inked to also honor Tiffany’s Korean roots. Her birth name is Mi Young. ‘Mi’ stands for ‘beauty’ while ‘Young’ stands for ‘forever.


4. Girls’ Generation Taeyeon’s Tattoo

Taeyeon’s petite body is home to two petite tattoos. One is the word “sereniTY” above her right elbow and the second one is the letter “I” below her right thumb nail. The first tattoo was inked during the time of her breakup with Baekhyun, and Jessica’s departure from Girls’ Generation. She purposely asked for the last letter “-ty” to be drawn larger as it represented her initials. The second tattoo is a tribute to her first solo debut.

5. SISTAR Hyorin’s Tattoo

Hyorin possesses many tiny tattoos on her body. But one of her most important tattoos is, in fact, the large cross on her abdomen. The cross symbolizes her belief in Christianity. But, it is also a cover up for her stomach surgery scar due to complications when she was an infant. The scar was a bad memory for her, so she covered it up with something that brought calm into her heart.

6. 4Minute Hyuna’s Tattoo

Hyuna has one tattoo that is deeply meaningful to her among her other tattoos. The tattoo says “My mother is the heart that keeps me alive“. The tough and sexy girl image that Hyuna always displays to the media apparently is just an image. She is actually someone sentimental who loves her mother so much. The tattoo itself is also the symbol of devotion of a daughter to her mother. In “Invincible Youth”, Hyuna broke down into tears when receiving a phone call from her mother.

7. JYJ Jaejoong’s Tattoo

Jaejoon has a large “TVXQ SOUL” tattoo, which dates back to when he was still a member of TVXQ. We can see Jaejoong’s appreciation towards where he is from with his “Mickey” and “Junsu” tattoo. After leaving TVXQ and forming, JYJ, Jaejoong inked his two group mates names on his body. He also inked “Always keep the faith” for Cassiopeia (TVXQ’s fans), reminding them that everything would be okay despite the separation.

8. BLOCK B Zico’s Tattoo

Zico comes off as a rebel in his image, yet he is another devoted child. He inked his mother’s face on his left chest to show his respect and appreciation towards his mother. He also has a yellow ribbon tattoo as the reminder of the Sewol incident where around 300 people died. It is also a reminder that human error can happen anytime. After Block B received their first win, Zico inked the date next to his bumblebee tattoo in a vertical line.

9. Jay Park’s Tattoo

Jay Park is an artist of many tattoos. And he is also a family man. He inked two tattoos as a tribute to his family. “Always come proper” and “19 55 60 87 89” are, respectively, the life lessons his family always teach him and the birth year of his most important family members. Upon his departure from 2AM, Park received a lot of criticism. However, his fans, “JAYWALKERZ” are always by his side to support his solo career. As a form of gratitude, he inked their name onto his body.

10. WINNER Taehyun’s Tattoo

Taehyun inked two tattoos on her left wrist. The first one is the phrase “STAY GOLD“. Fans believe that this is Taehyun’s way of expressing his feelings for being able to strive with WINNER, enjoying golden time, despite of all the hardships and abuse he used to suffer before today. The second one, just below the first one, is a tattoo of five banana peels. This tattoo represent the five members of WINNER.

11. Highlight Junhyung’s Tattoo

Aside from Hyuna, Junhyung also got a tattoo as a tribute to his parents. The tattoo on his chest reads “Born again still your son”. He thanks his parents for every opportunity possible that has comes to him before, today, and in the future. His other tattoo reads “Carpe Diem, Quam minimum credula postero”, meaning “Seize the day, put very little trust in tomorrow“. This teaches us to put our all every day no matter what we are doing because tomorrow we might not be able to do the same thing or feel the same way. This brings us to his life-motto tattoo that says “If I would die tomorrow I would never regret”.

12. iKON B.I’s Tattoo

B.I has multiple tattoos on his body, but there are two notable ones. The first one is the phrase “Like father, like son, like master, like man“. This tattoo seems to have been a message upon his father’s embezzlement scandal. The debut of iKon was almost postponed due to many people outraged because of the scandal. Nevertheless, iKON debuted. The second one is “Nihilism“. This tattoo stands as a symbol of a memoir for all trials and tribulations B.I had to go through in order to debut.

13. f(x) Amber’s Tattoo

Tattoos are a way of Amber to express herself and let out her thoughts. Through her tattoos, she is constantly reminded of who she is and what she pursues. Her most noticeable tattoo is the music notes that stand out upon what seems to be a storm. It speaks a lot about her struggles in doing music under her company, yet it is the thing she really wants to keep doing.

14. iKON Bobby’s Tattoo

Bobby has one tattoo on his back that says “Fear only God Hate only sins“. He has never openly spoken of being a religious individual, but it seems that this tattoo can already represent that life’s value that Bobby is upholding. This particular tattoo is also special because he shares it with his father, who has the exact same tattoo on the back.

15. Block B Taeil’s Tattoo

Taeil has a soft face which so people can’t imagine him having a tattoo. But in all reality, Taeil’s body is filled with many tattoos! He has a cheetah’s face, flower and grenade, 777, MVP Lucky, an eye, a wasp and an anchor tattooed on his body. However, there has not been many information regarding the meaning of these tattoos.

16. BIGBANG Taeyang’s Tattoo

Taeyang’s upper back tattoo is clearly his proof of devotion towards Christianity and all its symbolism, more specifically, the Cross. The figure of Jesus Christ can be seen on the tattoo, both when He was crucified and when He came back for men. At the front, on his upper chest, a tattoo of the word “Passion” was inked. The letters to the word is made accordingly to the Bible – snakes, nails and thorns. If put together, he is wrapped with the passion of the Christ around his front and back.

17. WINNER Seunghoon’s Tattoo

Seunghoon appreciates his teammates and all the hardships they had to go through in order to be able to debut as WINNER. He inked the group’s logo on his back. It is not the usual black and white, but the galaxy gradation and big enough to be easily spotted.

18. B.A.P Yongguk’s Tattoo

It’s hard to take your eyes off topless Bang Yongguk. It is even harder since there is a huge tattoo spread across his chest! The tattoo reads “Viva La Revolucion“, which is Spanish for “long live the revolution“.

19. EXO Chanyeol’s Tattoo

At EXO’s fan meeting, Chanyeol finally talked about his newly inked tattoo. Fans took notice of the tattoo when he rolled up his sleeves and the tattoo was visible. He told everyone that the tattoo is, indeed, real. However, the meaning behind the tattoo has been kept a secret from fans. Hmm.. that makes everyone even more curious!

20. NU’EST Baekho’s Tattoo

Baekho has two noticeable tattoos on his chest. The first inked chest tattoo is the phrase “N’abandonnez pas“, which is French for “Never give up“. It is a self-reminder to always go forward in whatever he does, as an individual and NU’EST’s member. The second one, comes later after the first tattoo, it is a star symbol with the phrase “What you give is what you get“. This tattoo conveys the message of your kind or bad deeds will also be repaid with the same kind or bad deeds from others.