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March 12, 2017 10:02 PM   Subscribe

Even though tattoos are frowned upon in South Korea, Seoul-based artist Jiran will design and ink a cheerful tattoo of your pet (more at his Instagram). Rival Sol Tattoo does cute cats.
posted by Johnny Wallflower (16 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
 
PISS CREW
posted by nixon's meatloaf at 10:25 PM on March 12 [10 favorites]


Stack of cats!
posted by rtha at 10:33 PM on March 12 [4 favorites]


Oh, these are beyond wonderful! I hope he comes to LA but not too soon so I can save up money. I love these so much 🐱🐢🐱🐍🌎🌿
posted by Room 641-A at 10:37 PM on March 12 [1 favorite]


Tattoos are becoming commonplace in Seoul these days, fyi. There are three guys working in my (non-Itaewon/Hongdae/Hannam) neighborhood with major neck pieces, for instance, and I see folks with full sleeves every day.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 12:08 AM on March 13 [1 favorite]


(those are super cute, though. I esp. like "PISS CREW.")
posted by Joseph Gurl at 12:08 AM on March 13 [1 favorite]


This is the best. Great way to start the week, thank you!
posted by Fig at 3:26 AM on March 13


I love this, and would get one of my snoot dog in a heartbeat!!!
posted by misskaz at 7:06 AM on March 13 [1 favorite]


Bit of a daily downer when the pet's died?
posted by Segundus at 7:25 AM on March 13


Bit of a daily downer when the pet's died?

I don't think it has to be. I have my first dog's pawprint tattooed on my foot, and it's a big source of comfort to me. It's nice to feel like there's even this tiny little bit of her that will physically be with me forever. I'm already pondering what kind of tattoo to get for my current pup - something like what this artist does would be delightful.
posted by DingoMutt at 7:33 AM on March 13 [6 favorites]


Many of them are posthumous, but you could definitely get a tattoo now and leave room for an RIP or something.
posted by Room 641-A at 8:13 AM on March 13


Heh, these are great. I'd seen that black and white cat from the Sol Tattoo stuff around before out of context, but I'm really digging the more goofy stylized stuff Jiran's doing too.

It's nice to feel like there's even this tiny little bit of her that will physically be with me forever.

Yeah, exactly. I feel like you go into pet ownership understanding that you're gonna have some long-term emotional debts to pay off. Having a rad tattoo to go with it seems like it'd work well for some folks, though obviously personal preferences differ. I'm working right now on a painting of one of my cats that will last a lot longer than she will and, well, that's having pets for you.

I've gotten so used to the relative disinhibition of tattoo culture in the US that it's good to be reminded that that's not universal; interesting to hear that it's something in a state of transition in SK right now.
posted by cortex at 8:51 AM on March 13 [2 favorites]


Johnny Wallflower: Even though tattoos are frowned upon in South Korea...

In Korea, there are no laws about tattooing, However, tattooing is regarded as an acupuncture and requires medical certification (Wikipedia), which is a major hindrance to opening a legitimate tattoo parlor. /context
posted by filthy light thief at 9:00 AM on March 13 [1 favorite]


Many of them are posthumous, but you could definitely get a tattoo now and leave room for an RIP or something.

hahaha that's even more hilariously grim. "Yeah, I'd like a tattoo of my sweet puppy right here on my arm, but make sure to leave a space for the INEVITABLE TOMBSTONE."
posted by FatherDagon at 9:33 AM on March 13 [2 favorites]


even more hilariously grim

A.K.A "metal as fuck"
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:03 AM on March 13


What's with the pot leaves? (I know they're not pot leaves, but...what are they? Palm fronds?)
posted by FirstMateKate at 6:41 AM on March 14


I know they're not pot leaves

I think they're pot leaves.

hahaha that's even more hilariously grim

Or, as cortex said, pragmatic. I've seen portraits with blank banners, waiting to be filled with the inevitable. If you're densely tattooed, or planning to be, you leave room for stuff.
posted by Room 641-A at 6:57 AM on March 14 [1 favorite]


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