K-Pop idols with tattoos and piercings
Tattoos have been seen as a form of rebellion and deemed unattractive in South Korea. However, for some people, tattoos are a means of expressing oneself and healing, including 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. BIG BANG’s G-Dragon’s tattoos
This petite leader of BIG BANG is known for having many tattoos on his body. From every angle, you can probably spot at least one tattoo. His most notable one is “too fast to live, too young to die” on the back of his 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. K-Pop diva Lee Hyori’s tattoos
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 a heart tattoo on her right hip.
3. Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany’s tattoos
Who would’ve thought that a Girls’ Generation member would have a tattoo? Tiffany has marked her left rib with the writing “Toujours belle,” which is French for “forever beautiful.” Interestingly, many fans believe that this particular tattoo is also inked to honor Tiffany’s Korean roots. Her birth name is Mi Young. ‘Mi’ stands for ‘beauty’ while ‘Young’ stands for ‘forever.
4. Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon’s tattoos
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 thumbnail. The first tattoo was inked during her break-up with Baekhyun and Jessica’s departure from Girls’ Generation. She purposely asked for the last letters “-ty” to be drawn larger as they represent her initials. The second tattoo is a tribute to her solo debut.
5. SISTAR’s Hyorin’s tattoos
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. It was also a cover-up of 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 tranquility into her heart.
6. 4Minute’s Hyuna’s tattoos
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 very much. The tattoo itself is also a symbol of the devotion of a daughter to her mother. In Invincible Youth, Hyuna broke down into tears when she received a phone call from her mother.
7. JYJ’s Jaejoong’s tattoos
Jaejoong 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” tattoos. 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’s Zico’s tattoos
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 a reminder of the Sewol incident, where around 300 people died. It is also a reminder that human error can happen at any time. After Block B received their first win, Zico inked the date next to his bumblebee tattoo in a vertical line.
9. Jay Park’s tattoos
Jay Park is an artist with 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 has taught 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’s Taehyun’s tattoos
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 to thrive with WINNER, enjoying a golden time, despite all the hardships and abuse he used to suffer. The second one, just below the first one, is a tattoo of five banana peels. This tattoo represents the five members of WINNER.