“My parents were really against me when I told them I’m doing work as a tattoo artist, but I ended up persuading them that it was okay.” “How did you do that?” “Aside from the tattooing I have never done anything my parents said not to do. I was a son who listened to them really well.” “Have you ever had a hard time because other’s prejudice about tattoos?” “Sometimes older grandmothers on the subway look at my arm and ask, ‘What is that?’ But I just greet them and explain it’s my tattoo by saying, ‘This? You can’t erase it~ feel free to admire it~’ and wink at them with a smile. Then they really like me.”
“부모님이 제가 타투 아티스트 한다고하니까 반대를 많이 하셨는데 결국은 제가 설득을 했어요.” “어떻게 설득했어요?” “타투 빼고 부모님이 하지 말라는 건 절대 안 했어요. 정말 말 잘 듣는 아들이었죠.” “일상 생활에서 문신에 대한 편견 때문에 불편할 때가 있나요?” “가끔 지하철에서 할머님들이 제 팔 보고 ’이거 뭐야?’ 하고 여쭤보세요. 그럼 전 문신이라고 설명드리고 ‘이거요? 안 지워지는 거예요~ 예쁘게 봐주세요~’ 하고 찡긋 웃으면서 인사드리면 할머님들이 정말 좋아해주세요.”
The thing with tattooing is it’s often hard to practice, and no one wants to be a guinea pig for a semipermanent procedure. So Tattoo Magazine created the “Skin Book” so people could do the tattoo equivalent of sketching, without a slew of unhappy customers giving them bad Yelp reviews.
Of course, it hasn’t always been this way. Tattoos were once taboo in the West, even though body art is an ancient practice elsewhere. A new book,100 Years of Tattoos, explores this decorous transformation, following tattoo art as it turned from an act of rebellion to a widely practiced personal statement.