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HelllllOOOoOooOo! It’s Martina! So I had quite a loooong adventure yesterday. So those of you that follow us on our live chats would not be surprised to know that I was getting my half sleeve done, but for the rest of you (including my mom and dad…) SURPRISE! So whenever I get a tattoo I think very long and hard about it. This tattoo has been in the works for the past 5-6 years. It was always missing something so I just couldn’t start it but with the addition of Spudgy and Meemers in my life I was able to happily complete my half sleeve!

If you’re wondering where I went, I did a lot of research before I decided on Tattoo People in Hongdae. Their original branch is located in Busan, so all you Busan..anites…Busantlers? Busantaclauses? You can check them out!

My tattoo artist is CIAO and he is awesome. It was a really different experience than what I’m used to back home. We met up once or twice to get an idea of what I want and then we used KAKAO chat to send pictures back and forth to each other. It was awesome to get a message at midnight from CIAO being like, “Martina, check out Meemers! What do you think?” It was constant feedback and I was able to sketch out the changes I wanted, snap a picture, and send it back right away. Nifty!

And for those of you that will inevitably ask me about the price, I can’t really answer you because it honestly changes simply depending on the design. The amount of colour, size, complication, the artist’s experience are all factors. If you want to get a tattoo done in Korea, I’ve had an awesome experience thus far! The studio is clean, all the artists were friendly, CIAO speaks a bit of English, I speak a bit of Korean, so together it forms communication! You can check out their Facebook page here to see some of their work or to drop them a message.

We also did a TL;DR about tattoos in Korea a while ago, which you can check out here for more info:

 

So this video only documents my first session which involves the most painful part, the line work, which is just a fancy way of saying the outlining. Yes it hurt, but it didn’t hurt as badly as my feet tattoos which were just searing horrid pain for the entire experience. This time I came prepared for a long session, and as per Martina tradition, I always research as much as I can before I do anything. So, here are some of the tips I gathered for dealing with a tattoo session:

1. Eat a BIG MEAL before you start. Even the toughest person can pass out from shock if they have an empty stomach, even from a small tattoo! Your mind might be able to take it but your body is going to panic. I carb loaded with a big cream pasta for lunch and a beef curry with white rice for dinner.

2. Pack some sugary snacks to keep your blood sugar up because you’ll start to feel weird. I packed a chocolate bar and a can of pop even though I don’t normally eat those kind of things but by the second hour I was happy to nom a chocolate bar.

3. Zone out with music and prepare a playlist in advance. You might be in a weird position that doesn’t allow you to fiddle with your music, so prep it in advance. When in pain, I enjoyed zoning out to aggressive rock and heavy metal, so my playlist included: Deftones, Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, Death From Above 1979, Muse, and Gogo Star. Such a funny playlist for such an adorable tattoo!

4. Have an iPad? Prepare a TV series or a movie to watch. Time will FLY by when you’re wrapped up in a good TV show. I refuse to tell you which TV show I was watching but if you look carefully in the time lapse, you just might catch a glimpse of it. High five + explosion to the first person to name that show!

5. Wear loose comfy clothing AND pack socks and a zipper hoodie even if it isn’t cold. Your body gets cold and hot and does all types of weird things when trying to deal with the pain, plus sometimes you’re just underdressed for your tattoo. The zipper hoodie because it’s easy to use as a blanket as well.

6. Pack a pillow or stuffed toy. Every tattoo parlour I have been to never has comfy pillows for you to lounge on, so I’ve learned my lesson and have always packed a plump stuffed toy. Yesterday’s toy was my Junsu Banana. He acted as a table for my ipad as well as a nifty back support and pillow. GO BANANA!

So that’s about it for now. I start my next session after Australia and I can’t wait to post the complete pictures of it! Are any of you Nasties thinking of getting tattoos? Or do you already have a tattoo? Or are you against tattoos? Spudgy was planning on getting a tattoo on his tummy that said “touch me over here, touch me, touch me over there” but I talked him out of it. Oh Spudgy.

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  1. LOL, awesome video! My line for intro to driving in Korea is stop signs are a suggestion and red lights are optional. I took a trip to Thailand (just cabs not renting a vehicle) and I think driving in Korea is far worse.

  2. I’ll be going to Korea again this Nov and I’m planning to get my
    first tattoo there! Have already made the appointment but am so worried
    about it now!

    Do I need to go back again for a touch-up? Cause I’m
    only doing it towards the end of my trip. If yes, I might need to
    rebook my appointment.

    Thanks for sharing this!

  3. I’ll be going to Korea again this Nov and I’m planning to get my first tattoo there! Have already made the appointment but am so worried about it now!
    Do I need to go back again for a touch-up? Cause I’m only doing it towards the end of my trip. If yes, I might need to rebook my appointment.

    Thanks for sharing this!

  4. (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧Gina✧*:・

    Those guys were super cute ;A;

  5. Caitlin Burrows

    I’ve got six other tattoos (from my head down): On the back of my neck I’ve got a treble clef. On the inside of my left wrist, I’ve got an ankh. On the inside of my right wrist I’ve got “Let it be”. On the left side of my back I’ve got a chalice. On the right side of my back I’ve got an interlocking alpha and omega. On the inside of my right calf I’ve got two stars.

  6. Caitlin Burrows

    I just got some tattoo work done on Saturday. It’s not done yet, but all the line work is done and one and a half lions are colored in. (It’s three gold lions in a row with a Tudor rose in between each. I wanted England’s coat of arms, but I didn’t want a humungo shield on my calf.) I remembered the music, but forgot about the pillow. I’m going to make it a point of bringing a pillow with me when she finishes the coloring. I’ll make the appointment for that once what was just done heals fully.

  7. bingulicious

    Can’t wait til you guys come to Norway!!! ♥♥♥
    ^^

  8. Elena Wittenberns

    I have a back tattoo and plan on getting more tattoos but as Martina, I like to think long and hard before I actually get the tattoo.
    My back tattoo is a quote of Roald Dahl and it runs down (beside) my spine in two rows. It didn’t hurt at all for me but I’ve heard that a lot of people have had painful experiences.
    Your tattoo is totally cute, I’m planning to get my cat tattooed on me somewhere too. His name is Captain Luigi (but it started as Noa).

  9. Nice tat Martina! I really like it, it screams your personality! My hubby just got his ENTIRE back done, so it’s my turn next. I need to finish my lower half-sleeve (doing it backwards, lower arm first). But like Martina, I have to think for a long time. I’ve been mulling it over for a couple of years and just need a little SOMETHING still. Of course, I can’t afford it yet so that doesn’t matter! :D I’m in Vegas so choices for tats are huge, but I highly recommend Robert Pho at Skin Design for black and grey. Have fun in Australia!

  10. Deedra Rama

    I personally think tattoos are really cool but I could never get one done. I’m the type of person who gets bored really easily and love changes so if I had a tattoo for too long i’ll get bored of it and want another different type in it’s place or somewhere else. :’) But I love how you love tokidoki Martina! Cool design! :D

  11. I wasn’t distracted until you told me not to be distracted… xD Hay! Lookin’ good!

  12. That guy with the navy shirt, yeah I totally loved the way he looks at the camera like “yeah I’m sexy and I know it” xD

  13. Jessica Verrette

    Super cute tattoo Martina. Thanks for sharing it with us! ;) and yes cute korean guys did distract me. Sorry…

  14. Just seeing the outline is quite exciting! I think it will be fantastic when you’re much older, a grandma, with such a cute tattoo. But on top of that, you being how you are now, when you’re older. You’ll be one of the hippest grandma’s. xD
    I agree that it’s important to take your time in thinking out what tattoo you want and not rush into it, because well, it’s permanent. Case in point, “Wino Forever.” Anyone know this one?
    I’ve been tossing around the idea of getting a tattoo for a handful of years now, but am still not 100%. I have about 4 things in mind that I would like, all of them on the small scale. I don’t think I’d be brave enough to get anything large, which of course can look great on other people. =)
    For my personal taste, I am glad you decided to nix more stars and other such goodies. I like that each piece can be clearly seen and appreciated. When tattoo’s become too cluttered, well, you can’t really distinguish each unique piece easily. Again, this is just my preference.

  15. BIG_MIKE_V

    Miss Martina a very impressive art piece, well thought out, it’s fucking sweet. I can’t wait to see the completed art piece when it’s done. What about you Mr. Simon? When will start on your new piece? Can you disclose any info on the direction you will be going in?

  16. Jennifer Kim

    Def eat a good meal like Martina said. When I got my back tat…it didn’t hurt, but all of a sudden my eyes rolled in the back up my head and I started convulsing. I could hear everything going on the whole time and felt my body shake the whole time. But when my body finally stop convulsing and I could open my eyes..it felt like I woke up from a long nap. It’s a scary thing…so eat a big meal!!! Can’t wait to see what it looks like once it’s all colored in! It looks so cute!

  17. My friends and I have tattoos, and we do all the things you listed. :3 And the worst pain I’ve had when getting a tattoo had to be the mid-back area. That was horrible! Especially on the spine…yikes that was bad.

  18. Asela Cheung
    Asela Cheung

    What’s the song called by Francophilippe? It’s really cool! O:

  19. I’ve been toying around with getting a tattoo, main issues are picking something I’ll be willing to live with for the rest of my life and finding the best tattoo artist for what I want. So far, a plan for my potential first tattoo is going to be like Wycinanki (Polish paper cutting). Thanks a lot for your list of tips. Nearly all of them are issues I wouldn’t have even thought of before having to deal with those kinds of inconveniences.

  20. kpopfan123

    Since it took so much time to make the tattoo model… does it hold any special meaning? I know I saw Spudgy and Meemers in there… but I think I saw Wolverine in there as well… haven’t seen the livechat yet( T__T) but I think after your tattoo is completely finished , it would need a TLDR.

    Those guys look proffessional. I think now that you’ve seen your tattoo artist at work, you can relax more Martina :).

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥

  21. Like a fox

    WOW-my-gosh!!! Those Korean boys were the cutest distraction EVER ;)

  22. Martina! I was wondering if it would be wise to take any pain killers before it? Like to dull the pain a bit?

  23. tiffanycake

    i’m totally for tattoos. Luckily my family is really supportive. My only issue is figuring out what I want. For a life long commitment, I’m really worried about what design I should choose and where i should put it. I have a slight fetish for hand tattoos but (like the feet), they are incredible painful to get tattoos on and i’m a incredibly big wimp. boo.

  24. Samantha Taylor

    I have a tattoo and I have more planned. Does this studio do smaller tats as well because all of mine are fairly small with no colour and not much artistic license. Your tat looks awesome and I can’t wait to see it finished >.<

  25. luvleighangel

    What do you know about their ink quality? Like will it show up on darker skin?

  26. luvleighangel

    That’s some very wise advice…I do teeth chattering cold when I got my foot tattoo…And super hot when I to my back tattoo done,,,

  27. littleDramz

    Whoa! Sick tatz… Only Martina could pull off a cute Wolverine and keep him badass! Is it a coincidence that your favourite character is also Canadian? Represent, amirite?

  28. littlelynn19

    i got distracted by the Korean boys ♥ ♥ ♥ lol

  29. can you talk about the cities in korea where only foreigners live

  30. I totally got distracted…sorry

  31. Are you guys going to see 4minute in Sydney…If you are im very jealous…but you guys should come to our brisbane art gallary (GOMA art gallary) my favourite place in the whole world

  32. I had no joke forgotten about the korean guys. I was really excited about getting to the tattoo part of the video because my bestfriend and i are getting freindship tattoos and then i want some other tattoos. So its really nice to know that theres a place i can go to if i move to korea.

  33. Some of my friends got theirs done at a cheap, shady kinda place, and ended up with totally mushed or ugly tats. I’ll keep CIAO in mind for when I decide mine!
    BTW, love the Wolverine and his cupcakes haha

  34. Willowswan

    Lmao! I laughed sooo hard when you put up the “don’t get distracted by the Korean boys” cause I was totally distracted! I had to watch the part like 3 times just to catch what you were saying, lol. Soooo sorry Martina! I love you guys!

  35. Tattooist Ciao :3 ♥

  36. Looks to me like you were watching Vampire Diaries. Could have sworn I saw both brothers (Stefan and Damon) in the time lapse video.

  37. MissKingdomVII

    Can you post the pics you used for the tattoo? Was that a chibi Wolverine? That’s so cute!

  38. Allison Williams

    I also have tattoos as well Martina!-I have 2, one in white ink on the inside of my left wrist that says MIRotic and the other one on my right hip says La Dolce Vita~V.I.P. I think your tattoo is cute and suits your personality-I personally wouldn’t get a half-sleeve, but it’s your body, so it’s your choice. i think it’s looks really awesome with just the outline, but I bet when it’s filled and all colourful it will look great!! P.S. Yes, I did get distracted by the Korean boys…sorry! :p

  39. Oh my… Korean boys,wait what-? … *w* uhm. yea.
    I wanted to ask that do I have to be over 20 years old in order to get a tattoo in Korea? I’ll stay for about two weeks in Korea next summer and well,it’s possible for me to get a tattoo in my country ’cause I’ll be 18 then but it would be nice to get it in Korea. If I understood correctly, a minor is a person under 20 in Korea.
    ^w^~

  40. Tracey Levy

    Awesome tattoo, hope you will be showing it off while your at the K Wave festival in Melbourne. I hope we are able to give you the gift bags that my daughter & I have put together for you (3 in total) & you enjoy what’s in them. Will be bringing over any hats to sell ?

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