Okay, so here we are again but this time it's tattoos! The forbidden taboo* of all time for S.Koreans! But as we progress through the years, the newer generations are becoming more accepting towards tattoos now than ever before. Even more so, IDOLS**, are willing to show their tattoos! Not publicly or in mvs of course. But, who can blame them! Tattoos are still a taboo, just more acceptable. Since I don't know a lot of idols with tattoos, I will be naming 14 idols with tattoos that I do know of that has tattoos. Idols have their private life too but these tattoos were shown to the world accidentally if not purposefully. Most of the idols I will be showing have shown their tattoos on purpose. _____________☆~♡☆~♡☆~♡☆_____________ * Taboo - a social or religious custom prohibiting or forbidding discussion of a particular practice or forbidding association with a particular person, place, or thing. ** Note, I will add Jay Park. Even though he is not an "idol" per say, he was one. Now he's a successful Khip-hop artist and co-ceo of AOMG.
I am numbering the idols but I am not numbering them due to anything. I am solely doing this to make it easier to follow along with.
I also putted down the meaning behind their tattoos or what their tattoos say. But I didn't put down every tattoo they have on their body. Also, there are some idol (Lim Hyunsik and CAP)'s tattoos that I couldn't find the meanings to.
#1 - JAY PARK
One of the most well-known "idol" to have tattoos. He also has the most tattoos out of every male Kpop/hip hop person in the industry. We currently don't actually know how much tattoos he has because he said he is too lazy to count all his tattoos. Also, said getting tattoos is his stress reliever. Meaning behind tattoos and/or what they say: His tattoos all stand for his music, family, crew, and his morals.
#2 - CAP (TEEN TOP)
Okay, this one. CAP is my bias in Teen Top but I don't understand how he gets so much hate!!! I love him to death! So what if he has tattoos! It's his body not yours. If he wants to get tatted up, he can. This boy (man) is gorgeous with and without tattoos! K-netizens*, shut it and sit down please! Read article here on what netizens thought about Teen Top's leader CAP's tattoos. Meaning behind tattoos and/or what they say: ??? _____________☆~♡☆~♡☆~♡☆_____________ * Netizens - a user of the Internet, especially a habitual or avid one.
#3 - GD (BIGBANG)
I swear to god this boy has some weird tats. I love him but lol. Hey, it's his body and I can respect that at least. He is still one sexy beast Meaning behind tattoos and/or what they say: vita dolce and moderato, "vita dolce" means beautiful and sweet life, and "moderato", which means moderate tempo in Italian. (both forearms)
#4 - Jaejoong (JYJ)
I was quite surprised at this one. I knew he had tattoos on the front side (chest) but I did not know about his back! I can already imagine how much it must've hurt! Especially the tattoo along his spine! Omo, if I did that I probably would've passed out lol Meaning behind tattoos and/or what they say: (upper back) "The pleasure of the mighty are the tears of the poor" "Hope to the end" "A song will outlive all sermons in the memory"
#5 - Zico (BLOCK B)
This poor baby has a tattoo of his mama on his chest! OMFG! Love it! He also has his baptized name tatted up, along with Block B's first win and others. Meaning behind tattoos and/or what they say: "JOHN THE APOSTLE" (middle chest to the right) Portrait of his mom when she was younger (left chest)
#6 - Bang Yongguk (BAP)
Bruhhhhh! I can't even explain how I feel! This is my baby! He's gonna be the death of me! Since their comeback I wanted him to wear a wife beater lol He's gotta show that damn chest tattoo! 오빠! 방용국씨, 나 보고 싶다 너의 가슴 문신! 방용국 오빠 과 비에이피 화이팅! 사랑해요!! Meaning behind tattoos and/or what they say: "Do what u like and luv What u do" (left shoulder blade) "Make Art Not War" (right forearm)
#7 - Taeyang (BIGBANG)
His tattoos are his representation of his religion. Even though I am Shaman*, I love how he can express his feelings through tattoos. Meaning behind tattoos and/or what they say: Jesus' death and resurrection is tattooed across his back (upper back) _____________☆~♡☆~♡☆~♡☆_____________ * Shaman - a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of good and evil spirits, especially among some peoples of northern Asia and North America. Typically such people enter a trance state during a ritual, and practice divination and healing. (technically, I am not a shaman but my people believe in the works of a Shaman so we call our "religion" Shaman)
#8 - Lee Hongki (FTISLAND)
I only found out he had these tattoos through SNS of course. And Allkpop and Koreaboo. Meaning behind tattoos and/or what they say: "Freedom" (back of both arms) 2 Skeletons (both forearms) 2 keys (right shoulder)
#9 - Junhyung (BEAST)
All I can say is that his tattoos have meaning to me. I love them... maybe I should get one lol Meaning behind tattoos and/or what they say: "seize the day, put no trust in tomorrow" in Latin (right forearm) "If I die tomorrow I would never regret" (upper left arm) "born again still your son" (right chest)
#10 - Taeil (BLOCK B)
Bad boy, cutely short and vocally amazing! Gah! I don't even care about his tattoos because I'm in love with his voice lol Meaning behind tattoos and/or what they say: "777" because 7 is a symbol of good fortune (wrist) 2 Dice, MVP and LUCKY (left forearm)
#11 - Changsub (BTOB)
Okay, this one I think it might've been accidental. I know he has some tattoos by now, approximately 3 I think. But when his first tattoo was shown it was on his shoulder during an episode of their reality tv show, BTOB DIARY. Meaning behind tattoos and/or what they say: "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God." (Isaiah 41:10) (right forearm) "Don't Be Defeated From Yourself" (back)
#12 - Ilhoon (BTOB)
Bruhhhhh, that tattoo across his chest is deep! Meaning behind tattoos and/or what they say: "No one can be like God" (chest)
#13 - Tae Hyun (WINNER)
I don't know much about WINNER but when Tae Hyun came up on the search engine (when I was looking for idols with tattoos) I just had to see what it looked like. Can't believe he has a tattoo still lol Meaning behind tattoos and/or what they say: Tattoo on his arm is the name of the artist Bat (right arm) A banana and "STAY GOLD" ( left wrist)
#14 - Lim Hyunsik (BTOB)
Lots of people are still debating if that's a real tattoo or not because it hasn't been shown lately. Also, you can't see his tattoo unless he's bending down or has a low cut shirt. Meaning behind tattoos and/or what they say: ???
Former EXO-M member and leader Kris (Wu YiFan) I still can't believe they tried to cover up his tattoo up with makeup... Smh. Meaning behind tattoos and/or what they say: The design is a tribal tattoo that represents valiance and protection (left shoulder)
Me, personally, I don't find tattoos offensive. I like them. I find that men with tattoos are attractive. I also think women with tattoos are gorgeous! It doesn't matter what you physically look like, as long as you love yourself and your body you're beautiful. As long as we can respect their privacy and show them love, they are still the same idol with or without tattoos.
RESPECT, LOVE, GIVE & RECEIVE.
I hope you guys liked this card. If I missed any male Kpop idols by chance please let me know in the comments below!