Are Tattoos OK in Korea?

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Countries and cultures have different views on tattoos. Sometimes they’re cool, sometimes they’re a sign of criminal activity. Here in this short video we’ll let you know what Koreans think of tattoos.

How are tattoos viewed in your country? Let us know in the comments below!

Keith Kim is a Korean-American living in Seoul, Korea. He likes espresso shots, photography art and he loves his Playstation 3. He started as a hobby site, and is now in the process of turning it into a full-time business. Wish him luck! Check out his blog for an uncensored view on entrepreneurship, dating and life in Korea. Personal Blog: Facebook: Twitter: @gyopokeith Youtube: "Gyopokeith e-mail me anytime at: gyopokeith [at]


  1. Maria D. says:


    I really enjoy at yours videos. They are fun and educational. In my country if you want to get good job, you should hide your tattoo too (except the IT specialist). :)

    A have a question: I don’t have any tattoos but I have a piercing on my belly. It isn’t visible (except on the beach). What do Koreans think about people with piercing?

    Thank you :)

  2. Keith says:

    Hi! Personally, I think people with piercings dont think anything. Because they never see them
    But maybe older Koreans or bosses might think something if they see it in the office or classroom or something 😀

  3. Maria D. says:

    Hi Keith :)

    Great! So if I come to Korea my only concern will be in the airport 😀

    Thanks for the quick answer !

  4. Aline says:

    what about piercing in visible places?I have in my nose,mouth and ears,do korean pleople have a problem with that?is it normal for the yonger ones to have piercing?
    love your videos and I was happy to see Keith in TTMIK 😀

  5. Tina says:

    what about henna tattoos??, I’ve seen korean pop stars (male pop stars) with tattoos that were there temporarily and then it was gone, aren’t those henna?? in Egypt we have henna, some brides do henna on the back of their hands and on their feet on the night before their wedding day, but it’s that common anymore.

  6. Barbara says:

    I always laugh when I watch something like Running Man when they try to cover up tattoos. So many idols have them now.