Tattoo artist Doy, real name Kim Do-yoon, works on a client at his studio in Seoul. The South Korean tattooist, who counts Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt among his celebrity clients, is campaigning for the profession to be fully legalised in South Korea. Photo: AFPTattoo artist Doy, real name Kim Do-yoon, works on a client at his studio in Seoul. The South Korean tattooist, who counts Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt among his celebrity clients, is campaigning for the profession to be fully legalised in South Korea. Photo: AFP
Tattoo artist Doy, real name Kim Do-yoon, works on a client at his studio in Seoul. The South Korean tattooist, who counts Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt among his celebrity clients, is campaigning for the profession to be fully legalised in South Korea. Photo: AFP

South Korean tattoo artist who inked Brad Pitt and K-pop stars leads campaign to have profession legalised in his country

  • Tattooing is classed as a medical procedure in South Korea that can only be carried out by a fully qualified doctor, not tattoo artists
  • Tattooist Kim Do-yoon has set up South Korea’s first tattoo artists’ union and wants tattooing by non-doctors made legal

Topic |   Art
Tattoo artist Doy, real name Kim Do-yoon, works on a client at his studio in Seoul. The South Korean tattooist, who counts Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt among his celebrity clients, is campaigning for the profession to be fully legalised in South Korea. Photo: AFPTattoo artist Doy, real name Kim Do-yoon, works on a client at his studio in Seoul. The South Korean tattooist, who counts Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt among his celebrity clients, is campaigning for the profession to be fully legalised in South Korea. Photo: AFP
Tattoo artist Doy, real name Kim Do-yoon, works on a client at his studio in Seoul. The South Korean tattooist, who counts Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt among his celebrity clients, is campaigning for the profession to be fully legalised in South Korea. Photo: AFP
READ FULL ARTICLE