2 weeks Marked for life: South Korea’s tattoo artists seek legalization Inquirer
South Korean tattooist Doy counts Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt and members of K-Pop band EXO among his celebrity clients, but his delicate, detailed designs could land him in prison. Now he is leading a campaign for the abolition of a law that reflects tattoos' long-marginalized status in South Korea, where they were once associated almost exclusively with organized crime. While tattooing itself is not illegal, it is classed as a medical procedure and may only be carried out by a fully qualified doctor -- with the law setting a minimum two-year prison sentence for violators, although judges can impose lighter ... more