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Posted by Sophie-Ha Friday, November 26, 2021

Monika says she wants the prejudice of having a tattoo in Korea to change

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Choreographer and professional dancer Monika, who gained much popularity and recognition through the Mnet show 'Street Woman Fighter,' shared her beliefs on tattoos.

On November 23, 'GQ Korea' released an interview video of Monika. In the interview, Monika talked about the tattoos she has and revealed the meaning behind each one.

During the interview, Monika shared, "I know that a lot of South Korean tattooists are famous and popular overseas. However, they're not as recognized in our country. I think their skills and technical skills are on par with tattooists overseas."


She added, "I believe if the law in our country changes, they would be able to show a more magnificent artwork on a larger stage. I've been thinking that since I was young."

Monika also explained that there might be some prejudice against the people who have tattoos and that she wants to get rid of that prejudice. She elaborated, "The people who have tattoos are not delinquents who fight well. I want to show that this is a sense of individualistic art and design."

Monika also revealed that her mother cried when she saw that her daughter had gotten tattoos. She explained, "I told my mom at a coffee shop, 'Mom, I got tattoos,' and my mom cried a lot." She elaborated, "I told her 'No, this is fake,' and she asked why I was lying and then I told her it was a real tattoo and she started crying again." Monika explained that even her mother was heartbroken to see that she had gotten a tattoo. Therefore, Monika wanted to change the way her mother thinks about tattoos first. 

Monika also added, "There are kids who keep it a secret from their parents that they got a tattoo but I openly showed off to my mom that I got a tattoo."

She concluded the interview by saying, "I want everyone to know that this is amazing art that required immense technical skills. I want people to recognize that."


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Kurapikaaa2,500 pts Friday, November 26, 2021 3
Friday, November 26, 2021

Unless the tattoo is offensive ( racist, homophobic ect ) why do people care ? I don't have any tattoos and I don't plan on getting any and I still can't figure out why people care if others get tattoos. How is it affecting their lives ?

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Eixxx5 pts Friday, November 26, 2021 0
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Agree. Tattooing is an exquisite art form. People spend millions on beautiful paintings and artworks out of love and appreciation, right? A tattoo is a piece just like that - but with many layers of personal meaning and significance. I have 4, each of which to mark an important moment in my life. Long before, I had identified the artists I wanted based on my love for their work, as well as the design. Each required many sessions of further planning with the artist to get the design, type, style and positioning just right because unlike traditional painting, their canvas is living flesh. Then comes the actual tattooing - especially my back piece took multiple hours-long sittings to complete. They mean so much to me, each of them is like a part of my identity, a part of my inner being, that I wear outwardly, indelibly. They are a deep expression of my self love, self affirmation and pride in myself.

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