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Ah yes, the famous tattoos in Korea question: I say famous because we’ve received a lot of emails asking us about how tattoos are received in Korea. So, not really that famous. Not like, Lebron James famous. Just…eatyourkimchi famous, which isn’t really famous at all. Um. Ok this is starting to get awkward.

The question! Yes, let’s answer that: so, there aren’t tons of tattooed Koreans running around, but that’s not to say that there isn’t a tattoo culture in Korea, either. We’ve seen it grow a lot more since we first came to Korea. In fact, there is even a tattoo convention that happens once a year or so, and they’ve had a few famous tattoo artists visit from different parts of the world to show of their skills. Or should I say…skillz. With a “zee”…mad ones…*throws up a hello kitty gang sign*

Anyhoo, although there is a tattoo culture, it’s not huge, so its popularity still remains underground. It seems like the only people we see with tattoos are artists, musicians, and gangsters. Oh and foreigners! If you have a tattoo, some younger people might be like, “cool” but if you’re coming here to work it’s best to cover it up to avoid issues with your boss and/or the parents who find out about it from your students (if you’re a teacher, that is). Even when Simon and I are on TV, some of the producers want Simon to keep his tattoo covered so the audience watching isn’t turned off by it. Simon usually says, “okay” and then wears a t-shirt anyways…teehee! We’d really like to change the image of “tattoos = bad people” to something more like “tattoos can also equal happy drug-free married couples!” I heard Germany is awesome for this kindof attitude change. Is it true? Anyone?

Also, tattoo artists have no way to be officially certified in Korea (at least not yet) since we heard that the only people who can legally give tattoos are doctors. Needless to say, there aren’t many doctors who went through years of medical school in order to open up a tattoo parlour. Doubt their parents would be happy with that. However, we’re really not sure if this has changed lately, so if anyone is in the tattoo field in Korea, we’d love to hear an update on what’s happening regarding tattoo laws. Supposedly there are ways around this: you can get certificates in dermatology, I think. We spoke with a tattoo guy at a bar in Korea who was saying something along these lines, but he was very drunk at the time. Not sure if we should believe him or not…

All we know is that there are tattoo parlours you can go to, but it seems like 90% of them are kindof hidden (as in, they aren’t advertising with neon “TATTOO INSIDE” signs). In our case, we needed to have a contact to find the location and meet the tattoo artists. For our parlour, it had a great reputation with Korean and Korean-American artists, and although it looked like a typical Korean apartment from the outside, once we got inside it looked like an office. It had all the sterilization machines, clean leather chairs, tattoo covered workers, and the typical smell of disinfectant that is ubiquitous in every tattoo parlour. If you’re planning on getting a tattoo done in Korea, make sure you go somewhere clean and ask to see the sterilization machines and make sure you can see that they’re using new unopened needles. A good parlour won’t be insulted by these questions, but if they seem hesitant or try to convince you verbally that they do that, don’t stick around and give them your money.

We’ve only seen very few places that overtly advertise themselves as tattoo parlous, and from what we’ve heard from our Korean friends, tattoo parlours can get raided by the police, who will then slap a heavy fine on the shop and sometimes force them to close down. Outside of the shops, we’ve heard about a lot of travelling tattoo artists that you can call who will come directly to your house, or you can go directly to theirs, since they don’t own a physical shop. You know, it’s odd: it’s like, we see tattoos on people occasionally, and even Kpop Idols have tattoos. Don’t people ask them how they got the tats? Will they say they got them in Korea? I’m not sure.

Things surely must have changed since we got ours done here a couple of years ago, so our info might be a bit out of date. We’re definitely thinking of getting more tattoos, so we’ll be able to update you more on it when we get those done, if we get them done in Korea!

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  1. Kita Edwards

    ahh whut im so confused,but Jonghyun has so many awesome (hot) tattoos how whut ahhhh >….<

  2. You guys really helped me open my eyes to tattoos and people who wear them. I know I will never get one because I don’t like anything on my skin. But by simply watching your videos I’ve grown to understand that people with tattoos are normal people just expressing themselves. So I wanted to thank you sincerely for what you are doing. You’ve made me realize how judgmental I was in the past in relation to tattoos.

  3. Here’s a fascinating article by Margaret Cho about her experience being Korean and having tattoos.

    http://jezebel.com/5992256/in-a-room-full-of-naked-koreans-margaret-chos-body-is-an-unwelcome-sight

  4. NgocTranLe
    NgocTranLe

    GD and Taeyang go to 302 Studio. That’s probably a legal place though because they have posted many pictures of Taeyang and especially GD, openly advertising their studio. ?_? So………idk.

  5. What about holes in your ears? I had plugs in my ears years ago and their are sizable holes still there. I could fit a double zero gauge in one ear and a a zero in the other.

    Do I need to close them up if I expect to teach in Korea?

  6. ntokyot

    yep, it’s quite accepted in germany to have tattoos, especially the younger generation. people don’t really care but still, in the work field it’s the same, it depends on the boss if you get hired with visible tattoos/piercings.

  7. Here at the the ville outside USAG Humphreys ( near Pyongtaek) there is like 4 openly known tattoo shops.. ive gotten2 done by korean artists out of my 3 tatoos ( one was done back in the states) we’re leaving soon and if it wasnt for saving money for the move… i would so go get another from them… the artists and everyone ive met in the shops here are uber friendly and welcoming.. staff and customers as well! ive had many local koreans ask me and look at it and actually fawn over the art work ( i have one on my forearm done here.. one around my collar bone… and the one from the states its on my wrist… needless to say 2 of them are almost always publiclly viewable and sense there is nothing inapproprate on them ( one is “Angel” with wings and the other is a lily with stars and lines and my daughters name and bday… each one for my girls) i think it really depends on where your going… cuz the areas around the US posts seem to be very accepting!

  8. I’ve been planning tattooing most of my body for few years now. And I do mean arm & leg sleeve (1 of each) plus full back, maybe ribs/sides… “go big or go home” attitude. Hiding them, especially during summer, would be troublesome, but do you think I would be totally shunned upon? I wouldn’t mind stares, but I wouldn’t enjoy being an outcast either.

    How about places that normally ban tattoos, like bath houses or saunas, are they more lenient on foreigners? Would a sleeve or big piece on back still be a no-no?

  9. Enjoyed watching the video. English teacher in my school has the same problem actually… in the first day of our class she openly talked about it with us students and asked if we mind her showing tattoos during class. we were completely fine about it so now she just wears whatever she wants during class. But, on important days like when the principal and our parents visit our school, she wears formal and less revealing clothes obviously…

  10. umm .. how do u dye spudgy hair green or blue and what colour will be next

  11. Well my TL;DR question would probably be for martina. I don’t know if this was covered but how do you or do you have trouble finding undergarnments namely bras in Korea. from what i’ve seen the bras only go up to a certain size and just about all of them are padded in korea and when your naturally padded thats a nono

  12. DAMN YOU TROOOOLLS!! you got me there…actually, here in the Netherlands either..teachers don’t really show tattoos..I’ve actually never seen a teacher exposing their tattoo in school, I only heard about some of them during beach trips or camping trips. I guess it just has to do with the formal, neutral dress code.

  13. talk about babies, battery dying. yup. that alwys happens. :D

  14. There are saunas and baths in Korea that say no one with tattoos is allowed, as well.

    DON’T show the kids your tattoos! Don’t bring it up in your lessons.

    Yeah, there is a tatt culture here in Daegu…but don’t bring it into the school.

  15. You guys do Music Mondays and you speak out your own opinions about the music videos and songs. And when you see the comments, like those hate comments because they dont agree with you, do you feel hurt or just ignore it? And when you first did Music Mondays and your other vids what was the response? Was it good or bad?

  16. So I know a like 40 yr old woman with tatoos on her face… she wouldnt go down well in Korea Im guessing?? :)

  17. hanimadu98

    can i know where is the best korean online shopping?

  18. TL;DR What is Korea’s definition for fat, skinny and average and how do koreans react to people of certain weights?

  19. Aha, first of all I am a BIG fan of your page and videos! ^_^ And you always make me feel all warm and fuzzy~ Now from that, I would really like to ask you, did you ever have any time in your life when you had the lowest self-esteem ever? For me, it’s really bad where even if I mess up once during tennis practice, I will get red in the face and for the rest of the day I will not play well. And it’s not just this may it be looks or grades or anything else. If you can, do you have any way to boost self-esteem?

  20. nice! you should have also mentioned that it is prohibited to show tattoos on television. it’s ok on cable channels, but it’s strictly censored on major channels like KBS, SBS, MBC and such.

  21. I’m not asking for this question to be on TL;DR (since the answer would be too short) but could u pleeeeaaaase tell us what city Simon is from in poland?
    Aaand if you’re worried about stalkers then just name the area :P

  22. if you could show someone who knew nothing about korea 1 music video which music video would it be and why? Then if you had an hour what other things would you show them to help them understand your love for korea?

  23. So, I won a scholarship from my college to go study abroad in South Korea for a whole year and they said I was allowed to bring my dog since I will be provided with my own apartment. I wanted to know if you anyone knew how it works to bring my dog. Does my dog need a visa or a vet’s permission form (when I went to Bermuda I needed this to bring my dog) or do I just bring her with me?

  24. Demongodloki

    Mmmm. I still get smacked for having tattoos whenever I go back to Korea to visit family members… I get smacked more by passer bys, about the same amount I get for smoking there. Then again I’m Korean so they are a bit stricter towards our own people. Trust me running from an ajuma that you don’t know telling you to stop smoking with her purse as a blunt object was an experience that many of you that aren’t Korean will never have to deal with.

  25. lol
    Russia!!!
    XDD
    Hello from Russia

  26. There was an episode of a TV program called ‘Martian Virus’ where they featured two girls with sooooo many tattoos, like cover there backs completely. When they head out to the beach to check out the reactions of the people, most of them were dumbstruck.
    I guess that shows consensus about tattoos in Korea very well. There are some people who are okay with it, and majority who are yet to accept it.

  27. I think it’s kinda good that Korea is like that about tattoos. I have nothing against them, but i heard they can cause health problems and are bad for the skin. Anyways, this is completely different from the U.S where practically every adult has a tattoo!!! And Simon and Martina you TROLLS i wanted to know about the baby!!! :P

  28. Have u seen a korean wearing a bikini at waterparks or at the beach? :)

  29. I’m glad you guys answered this question. :) I’m getting a couple tattoos next spring, and knowing that Korean tattoo culture isn’t too harsh is reassuring.

  30. So I was wondering, are there other job market like in Korea for foreigners? You know besides teaching English?

  31. RagdollCoty

    I applied to teach English in Korea directly through EPIK and was turned down because I have a large tattoo on my thigh (which no one will ever see unless I wear a swimsuit, not going to happen), and that I am overweight. The essay and application was a long a tedious process that left me very upset with the system and judgmental process as a whole. Which is sad because I have been studying Korean with private tutors for almost two years now and quite fluent in reading, writing, and speaking. It seems like EPIK is really missing out on a good teacher due to their bias against tattoos. It is required on the EPIK application that you disclose your tattoos, what they are, the size of them, and what they represent— then they must match your application during your physical exam once you arrive in Korea or you will be told to leave at your own expense.

    I should have used a recruiter!

  32. you mentioned a few times Boys Before Flowers and other k-dramas, but what about other type of movies? Like horror movies. Have you seen any? What’s the average grade u’d give them? (I watched The Cat with Park Min Young hoping it would be great since she’s in it, but I was kinda disappointed…)

  33. Lorena Abrodos

    Hello Simon and Martina! Talking about tatoos, I have my new brand black dragon tatoo on my back, and I show it to my korean friend and then she says: “Oh in Korea dragon tatoos on the back and related to mafia” ajajajaja I guess I’ll never get a job in Korea now jajajaajj

  34. greenring01

    TL;DR: When corporal punishment in schools was still legal in Korea, how did you feel about it and while teaching did you ever have to conduct phyiscal punishment?

  35. What did you do to be a teacher in Korea? and did they pay you good?

  36. It is the same in the U.S especially if your job is professional or to be near children because they want them to have the image of someone respectable and responsible, and such ( not meaning that people that have tattoos aren’t! My college professor has a tattoo and has a Ph.D) Anyways people are accepting this a little slower that it should!

  37. Sara Eden

    Hello there! For Simon and Martina or for anyone interested – here is my experience of getting/having tattoos in Korea:

    I have two tattoos. One on my ankle and one on the back of my neck. I try to keep them covered for the most part; however, I am positive that most, if not all, of my elementary age kids have seen both of them. If I wear a dress or skirt my ankle is exposed and if I put my hair into a ponytail you can see the one on my neck. I was anxious about it at first but nowadays I don’t really care. When the students first saw them they were like, “OOooooo” but then they also stopped caring. My co-teachers don’t care and have never said ANYTHING to me about them except that the one of my ankle is “pretty”. So there you have it, no big deal. I live in Daegu, which is one of the most conservative cities but my school is fairly relaxed. At most highschools, I don’t think this would be acceptable and they would probably expect me to keep them covered. In the city in general, there seems to be no reaction whatsoever. This could be because mine are pretty small or it could be because I am entirely non-threatening to look at, I’m not sure. Same a Martina, I’ve never had a problem at a bath house or anywhere else and no one stops my on the street to gawk at them.

    Also, here in Daegu, there is a tattoo/piercing popular that is very public. It is just chillin’ on the street like any ol’ tattoo shop and it’s well advertised. It is owned by a foreigner I beleive so I don’t know if that makes a difference. It’s a fairly busy and popular part of downtown Daegu and it’s across the street from a major arcade/indoor rollercoaster thing. It’s the only one I’ve personally seen in Daegu but I just wanted to mention it because it’s definitely out in the open with no secret Russian passwords. And there is all my tattoo knowledge.

  38. cuttinggem

    i have a TL:DR question.. okay so are there any nursery ryhmes in korea? or like i was young i would play like hand games with fellow classmates or siblings like idk if you have ever heard of it but SLIDE? (slide slide slippery slide 1, 1, slap hand together? 2,2 again, etc.) or SWING SWING SWING on a hot summer day hey hey! or um stuff like that do you guys know any? or like LONDON BRIDGE that game like that (man i hope i’m explaining this all right)

  39. Whulut7

    Hey I sort of got 2 questions, but first I’d like to say I LOVE your videos, they’re very informative. Q1) If I wanted to live or visit Korea what are somethings I should definitely study up on before going? Q2) Since I’m bad with learning new languages, can you offer advice into learning Korean? (Whulut, w is silent).

  40. DoomsCookie

    i’m from germany, so i felt i’d be rude to not tell you what its like here ;DDD
    naw, but back to topic… tattoos are really really common, if u can say so… i mean, out of my 22 coworkers, 19 are tattoo…ed…(?). nd i know a lot of more people…
    its really not any special. of course, most of those tattoo are like unreadable pseudo.chinese signs, or a wide range of stars, sculls, butterflies & names of loved ones. so there’s actually not a lot to care about, right? :D
    in fact, there are some jobs where they dont want you to be like full covered from head to toe, especially in expensive shops, nd hotels, but normally, if you can cover it for the time working, nobody minds tattoos. and there is nobody that takes such hard charges against tattooed people.. or the artists.
    so this is what i know & have experienced. dont know if others think different, but i believe one can say that germany is really quite open about the whole issue. lucky us, huh?

  41. Jessica Huston

    Kangin has a tattoo that says “Actions are more prection than words” *facepalm* idk even know what word he meant to say when he said prection…

  42. It’s not actually a question…But guys if you don’t want to have kids for noow…
    you can adopt meee!! :D
    i’m great at cooking ^^, i’m strong (i could bring all your equipment anywhere you go :] ), i don’t use a lot of space, i know how to edit a video, i could take Spudgy for a walk everyday, i could translate your videos to spanish, french and japanese ^^… i would do everything you ask me xD
    hahahahahaha joking
    i love your videos, keep the hard work!! ^o^/
    thank you for making me laugh when i’m havig a hard time
    sending lots of love from Mexicoo!! (^~^)y

  43. i have a question. why do some Koreans tend to study abroad rather in their country??? cuz in my country, i’ve been seeing a lot of koreans studying here.

  44. OMG!! that was not fair.. you guys are really teasers!

  45. Really is it normal to kiss man-to-man? Since we see in the groups of Kpop…..hello from México XD

  46. my mom totally got her eyes tatoo’d (?) and omg, she tried to get me to have mine done… that’s after she told me the story about one of hers, and how her eye swelled up for a week and she couldn’t see! Right. Sorry, but I like to play with my make up. Not have it permanently placed where I’ll get tired of it. Anyway, love the vid. I loved the end of the video, and while it’s none of my business and I hadn’t thought of it until just now, I’d like to say – Have a baby when you two feel like it. It’s not our business until you announce a little one is on the way! Then you must tell us, so us crochet/knit geeks can make your little one many blankets :)

  47. Actually if you guys were curious, for eyes tattoos they numb your eye and they don’t use the same kind of needle or ink as they do with regular tattoos. It is actually a special kind of machine you have to buy to do it. I’ve seen the ink before too and its pretty thick compared to like regular tattoo ink. (<– not a tattoo artist just is friends with one)
    Anyway this was super good~ thanks! And I am dying from all these people asking if you are having a baby…

  48. I wonder what Spudgy would think of a baby?… O___o

  49. kyle pezzolla

    I live in Uijeongbu and I noticed some tattoo shops that are blatantly advertising, with neon lights and everything. I thought they were illegal too. Maybe tattoo shops are illegal the same way not stopping for red lights are illegal.

  50. some idols do have tattoos, like boa if u actually saw her back during the copy and paste music video when she shows her back

  51. ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE A BABY!?!?!?!?!?!? you could get a sudgy baby and spudgy can be a daddy/uncle/brother!! O_O

  52. So if it’s illegal. Does it still matter if it was a korean celebrity? Big names such as GD and Jay Park have many tattoos that they freely show off in public. Well of course I’ve seen a show where Jay Park had to cover his tattoos, but that was on television. As for GD, I haven’t see him cover up his tattoos. He got big ones now too. Oh and why do they not like people having tattoos? Do they find it unsanitary or is it just because the culture is just conservative or they think of it in a stereotypical way? Oh and what baby? ERHMAHGED. haha

  53. I couldn’t concentrate properly, I got stuck on llama breeders……….

  54. My mum has eyeliner tattoos and its like normal ones where you have to get them done twice so they can actually be seen. She came home on more than one occasion with tears in here eyes.

  55. NaToTheWak

    Since you left us on the “baby” theme, I’d like to ask you about adoption in Korea. There are so many orphenages in Korea, and so many Korean children adopted in Europe and America: do Korean family happen to adopt children sometimes?

    • fuuko4869

      I especially want to know if the Stawski family in Korea have any plans to adopt children, because I would like to apply.

      • NaToTheWak

        I’m afraid you have to get in line… ^^

        • Mirriamnida

          I have great parents and don’t want to be adopted – could I just, maybe, I don’t know – apply as an exchange student? I could help! I’m an author and illustrator and I can sing and act and imitate people and I’m totally in love with anything South Korean (except… the food…)! Pick me! *sticks hand way up in the air*

    • I think I can answer that. Adoption in Korea is done by very few people and that is why there are many internationally adopted Korean orphans by foreigners. Koreans value bloodlines and lineages so adopting someone else’s child who is not related by blood is not preferred. It’s a lot different nowadays but that is how it was like a couple decades ago. Koreans do adopt orphans but they would almost never adopt a non-Korean child.

      • NaToTheWak

        Thanks a lot for your answer! Well, it’s good if things change, cuz nowadays South Korea is one of the “oldest” country in the world and has a deficit of babies, so if Korean babies are massively adopted abroad, there is going to be a big demographic problem…

        • There is a hot debate here in Korea about adoption actually. For Korean couples adoption is FREE. But because of the lineage….issue…. Many Koreans do not do it. Right now in the Korean govt there is actually discussion on a cap her year that Korean children can be adopted internationally and they are looking to decrease that cap each year so soon no Korean children will not allowed to be adopted internationally. I go to a church here in Seoul that is really involved in the issue and fighting to get the cap lifted.

        • NaToTheWak

          Thank you!

      • I have 2 tattoos lines up to get here in Seoul. Care to share a little info????

  56. This is quite an interesting topic :D I remember my Erasmus stay in Sweden when we asked one of our teachers to show us her tattoo in class. But that was because she is from Samoan descent (if I remember correctly) and we were talking about their traditional tattoos and stuff.
    Here in Spain are like Germany in this respect. Apart from some old-fashioned people, everyone is more or less OK with tattoos. There will be some jobs that will require you to hide it and same happens with piercings, as well. Some bosses might ask you to get it off. But I’ve a nose ring and I’ve never came across a boss who asked me to do it. So yeah, we are quite open-minded with the tattoos thing as I think most European countries are.

  57. Yes, in Germany it’s perfectly ok to have tattoos… I know a lot of people who have some also my PE teacher has like about 15?! And eveyone knows it (principal, students,and colleagues) and nobody has a problem with that… and I have to say that she is about 50 and married and has 3 children ^_^

  58. hi nice greetings from germany ^_^ i want to answer this xD

    ~~~~~~ “We’d really like to change the image of “tattoos = bad people” to
    something more like “tattoos can also equal happy drug-free married
    couples!” I heard Germany is awesome for this kindof attitude change. Is
    it true? Anyone?”~~~~~~~

    Yes it is! we really don’t care about tattoed people its a normal thing in germany xD sure it gives a few jobs who want it to hide or you can’t work there it depends on the opinion from the boss itself^^

    have a great day and your videos are awesome really a silent support from germany^^

    and really sorry for my english xD

  59. Dudiesan

    I thought in Korea tattoo’s where pretty much accepted. Kim Jeajoong has a really big one on his back and one on his chest and I thought the Big Bang members had a few too.

  60. Is Simon of Polish descent? And how are Europeans thought of in Korea? You’ve talked about Americans but I never seem to hear about European people coming to live in Korea…

  61. tl;dr question: what do korean people think of european/american women that are not super thin? I mean, come on! We’ve curves here, we’re not like a broomstick! LOL thaaanks!

  62. roninsinn

    I’m not very sure about the whole “tattoo parlors in Korea are illegal” thing. I’ve heard about it as well, but my tattoo guy in Korea is in a well known tattoo shop. I’ve even seen a guy (who I know for a fact is a cop) get his tattoo touch-up done there… think it’s just a very silly rumor.

  63. Alix Gono

    How is racism in Korea? Are there any particular countries Koreans are racist to or possibly have a case ethnocentrism?

  64. TL;DR question:
    Are there any types of discrimination there in Korea? I’m a Filipino and I love Korea with all my heart, but my relatives said that the Koreans discriminate us. They experienced it themselves they said. For example, the officers in the company they work at are Koreans, including the owner. The Koreans drink coke, and the Filipinos drink plain water. I still refuse to believe them, but can you please answer this question?

  65. what do Korean think about Jay Park? full of tattoo -____-

  66. I know some kpop idols that have tattoo’s such as Hyuna, After School’s Kahi, Taeyang, EXO’s Kris and Jay Park… but it doesn’t seem like its frowned upon?

  67. One of my homeroom teachers (in Germany) had a pentagram tattoo on his arm …he himself said, that it’s not appropriate to show your tattoo in front of the children. Because you’re a person that should be a good example for the children and shouldn’t put the idea into our heads, that we should get a tattoo too…or something like that O.o

    He also said, that it’s stupid to have a butterfly or dolphin on your hip, because it’ll turn into a scary butterfly and giant whale when women get pregnant…. ^.^

  68. “we heard that the only people who can legally give tattoos are doctors. Needless to say, there aren’t many doctors who went through years of medical school in order to open up a tattoo parlour.”
    – I’m in med school right now and i’ll be done in a year and a half. Help me set a tattoo parlour up in when i’m done?

  69. what do korean people in general think about Western music and our celebrities (Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, One Direction, etc.) Is it popular there? Do people know who they are? Do they like our music?

  70. MrPokeyLope

    I have a tl;dr question too so…The role of image seems to play a big part of getting a job in Korea (or so the documentaries say), but once when I was looking up teaching advertisements for English teachers in Asia, a few Korean schools wanted “ugly” teachers (not kidding). Just wanted to know your thoughts or if this was just specific to the occupation…?

  71. Iranian☆Princess

    I have a rose pattern tattoo that covers my right arm. People gave me strange looks when I visited Japan. o.o I also didn’t get to experience a bath house T~T

  72. I think that the korean culture is a lot like latinamerican culture when it comes to tattoos….I’m from Costa Rica and when I got my tattoo 5 years ago I had to keep it hidden for the longest time from my family, even today when people realice that I have one they all kinda ask me what is my major hahaha but it’s becoming more and more normal to see fully tattoo people on the streets this days (ps sorry for the engrish I’m a little rusty :D)

  73. Do you know how people in Korea think about piercings other than the single earlobe piercing(facial, body, or multiple earrings)? I noticed In music videos that almost none of the Women have belly rings, facial piercings, or any earring other than at the bottom of the earlobe but some men have more than one earring. Does this mean they are more taboo than tattoos or that it is difficult to find a good place to get this done thanks to trouble meeting regulation standards? I would like to study abroad in Korea but I am not sure if I would be looked down on for having many piercings compared to others.

  74. Devin LaPlante

    Your hairz be so radical! How do the students and teachers react to your lush locks?

  75. So how do they feel about your hair color Martina? Like I realized that you’ve had pink in your hair for like ever.. Whats that sort of reasoning then? Do they not judge as heavilly on the hair colors as they do on body art? What about piercings and what not as well?

  76. I am hoping to adopt a pet when I move to a foreign country, but I would like to know your first hand experience with Spudgy. For example, what is the policy for taking him into another country for vacation (I currently live in the US and would like to visit my parents with my dog). How do the common public and schools view them? I know some of my teachers in high school and University brought their dogs with them to work. How is it viewed in Korea? And as for the adoption process itself, what was your experience like with things such as paperwork or communicating what kind of dog you were looking for? How about the actual looking? Please and thank you.

    • they have already covered most of your questions in videos on youtube and on the website ‘korea faq’. it also depends on what country u are moving too. each country as their own entry requirement, i sagest looking into it more on-line.

  77. tl:dr. What would be your perfect kpop music video?? I Love kpop Monday’s and your critiques, so I want to know if you could make your own music video what would you add, and why?

  78. Did Simon says Boom Shakalaka? xD

  79. How are piercings viewed in Korea? Is it normal or looked down upon to have multiple ear piercings and/or other facial/body piercings, and can it hinder getting a job, being taken seriously, etc.?

  80. tl;dr question: What is it like driving in Korea? is it like driving normally or would it be better to walk? and have you ever driven past an entertainment company like SM YG or JYP?

    • rachelmaurtua93

      oh my god
      people are crazzzzy drivers over there!
      Also there is so much traffic!

      I would definitely say that it’s better to take public transportation.
      You know, unless you have to go a super far distance, but you can always take a taxi.
      Transportation is super cheap too, it’s like $1.50 to take the subway and about the same for taxi.
      I was really nervous about taking a taxi, because i’d heard stories about it being expensive, but it was surprisingly affordable.

      And since buildings are so close in Korea, walking and taking the subway is the best option!

  81. In Korea, on your experience, students learn other languages as Spanish? I want to know if korean people are interest on other languages others than english ^^ Cause in some groups like Shinee, they know some words in spanish… I want to know ^^

  82. Emily Howell

    Lol not to bring down the party, and while I myself think a mini Simon or Martina would be adorable and awesome, I’d like to point out babies are time consuming. D: If you have babies, please don’t stop the awesome info flow you bless us with!

  83. Yes, Germany is great for tattoos, even here in the deepest, conservative and rural areas of Bavaria no one actually cares if you have a tattoo. Everyone’s fine with it, even the elderly people (some of them even have tattoos themselves)

  84. You talked about tattoos and stuff, but.. I have never ever seen a Korean with facial piercings. Is that also a rare thing, or is it just me?

  85. sophiawantsacookie

    You guys…
    You trolled us with that baby question…D:

  86. My husband is Korean and even though he has been living in Australia for a while he still tends to have a Korean view on tattoos. It is very very normal to have a tattoo in Australia and he sees people with tattoos here and doesn’t judge. But Koreans in Korea getting tattoos is a different story.
    One time he was reading a Korean news article online about people getting tattoos in Korea and was a bit outraged, “What? People think it’s fashion or something!”
    I was in hysterics laughing at him – that this normally quite open minded guy was acting like an old man and being like “Kids these day! blah blah blah.”
    I managed to get him to change his view a bit eventually, but yes in Korea there is still very much the mindset of ‘tattoos are bad!!!’

    And yeah wow- we get the ‘when are you having a baby question a lot???’ I sympathize. We got asked this at our wedding reception…

  87. Yeah, Germany is fairly open on stuff like tattoos and body piercings. That is, among the younger crowd. Students, especially art students, often have them. But older people or the very conservative of course still frown at them. You can walk around in public them with showing proudly. But if you work in a nice office or something, you usually wouldn’t have them showing. Not very professional. But small ones, like something like a flower or chain on your ankle or wrist that’s hard to hide I don’t think prove that much of a problem. If it’s tasteful (as in not a skull or bleeding body or something), it’s fine. I’m not sure about teachers though. But yeah, tattoo culture there is more like freedom/expression and such (punk-culture if you will) and not usually about bad stuff like gangs or drugs. They’re also really big on dying hair and spiking hair. Yet again, among the younger crowd usually. But since college-student age is (or used to before the college systems change) lie between 19 and early 30s, it’s still a large range of people. And club goers of course…

  88. I find that there are lots of Koreans with tattoos now. Most of them being college age. There are far more now that when I first came here about 7 years ago. At my first school they my co-worker and I both had tattoos but the never told us cover. I also have a nose piercing. My students wanted to know more about it than my tattoos. If they asked questions about either I would answer them. I didn’t shy away from it. At my current school (public school), they want me to cover them. My students have seen the edge of one of them and they think it is cool.

    I got two tattoos in Korea and for the first the shop did make me call them so they could walk me there. For the second one they had moved and just gave me directions over the phone because it was much easier to get to. But, I think that was because it was hard to find. In Daegu, the tattoo shops don’t try to hide. You can easily find them downtown.

    I have also gone to jimjilbangs and people have stared at my tattoos. Once two old women in their 80s came up behind me and started touching one and talking about as we stood naked in the cold pool. I find people are curious about the because for so long they have just been a gangster thing. Now, lots of people here have them and they want to talk about them or learn more.

  89. I just got trolled! Darn you Simon and Martina! :P

  90. scrubsrm

    I was wondering abt the diffrence between the American/US music industry and the Korean industry and how artists “make it”. It seems like in the US someone comes up with music/demo first and then tries to get signed to a producer, but in Korea it’s the opposite?
    Thanks!

  91. shawol44

    Sooooo… ummmmm… I don’t know how this question came to mind… but are you expecting?

  92. OMG guys, so not cool. We want to see a little martina..or simon..preferably Martina LoL. And I know what you did there, “battery died” yeah right. Im watching you guys….

  93. I have a lot of tattoos which include one on each wrist and one on my forearm. I am looking to teach after college, and I am dreading having to wear long sleeves during their heat. I’m just going to have to suck it up during class and then go home and shower immensely from being so HOT!! Thanks guys!! (Note to self….Don’t wear any tank top type shirts and scare children with your chest piece tattoo…OTL)

  94. but GD has a lot of tats lol no one prolly bothers him about them though cause he’s so famous maybe

  95. I’m from America, and I remember being in elementary school, and finding out one of my teachers had a tattoo, and being all like :O SCANDALOUS!!

  96. JaydeLinn

    This may be random, and you’ve probably answered Q’s like this before, but what made you two initially decide to move to Korea?

  97. When I was in Hongdae the other day and they had a couple of tattoo parlors with signs. They weren’t neon but still visible. I saw maybe 3. The peircing shop I go to also seems to do a couple of flash tattoos and it was a pretty busy place. When I was getting peirced, 2 Korean girls were getting tattoos so I guess it’s starting to be a little more common. Then again, that’s Hongdae and they’re known for being a little on the artsy side.

  98. rachelmaurtua93

    Jay Park has tattoos…

  99. Is that a yes or no to the baby? :D ? If yes, congrats! :)

  100. way to answer the baby question -__- ooh, ya’ll so nasstyy..lol.. what about piercings, such as nose, belly button, etc?

  101. superchick

    tl;dr question: is that your subtle way of telling us that you’re expecting?

  102. I love these videos! I even got a few of my friends to start watching these!

  103. lol “Challenge Accepted” =’)

  104. Now I’m curious how Jaejoong and Yoochun have their tattos done LOL

  105. I live in Daejeon and there is a great tattoo/piercing shop here in a busy party area and not very hidden at all. The guys do awesome work too!

  106. Btw… Yoochun and Jaejoong have really sexy tattoos ( *¬* pervert fangirl – I know!)

  107. ps. i wonder where GD gets his tattoo done if its so illegal! and JAY walks around like a tattoo parlor!!! but he’s damn sure very fine!

  108. I hear that kids will study for hours for school in Korea. Since you guise have experience with being teachers what was/is studying like at the school you taught at?

  109. I´m the first !!! yeeeeah, well I think that is the same with the conservative society, because here in Peru is almost the same, if someone older sees your tattoos they think that maybe you are a slacker or something… even if you are not…

  110. why you no give answer about baby!!!!

  111. MrPokeyLope

    So that’s why Kris never shows his tattoo…Dang.

  112. I am in Seoul for a month and must admit I was worried about my arm tattoo and covered it up with a cardigan (yes, in this heat!). My Korean friend asked why i was wearing a cardigan and I explained I thought I should keep my tattoo covered. She laughed and pointed out our other Korean (girls) friends tattoo. I have seen an awful lot of tattoo parlours in Hongdae. I think a lot of younger people have them and it isn’t all that uncommon now, at least in Seoul :)

    • It’s much more common all over Korea. I agree. I lived in Daegu for three years. It is often called the most conservative city in Korea. On any given day you could to to any of the college campuses or downtown and see many people with tattoos.

  113. WOOT! 1st comment! Anyway… <3 your TL;DR's as always!! :P

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