The idea of K-Pop idols getting tattoos seems to be becoming more accepted with the likes of BTS‘s Jungkook, MAMAMOO‘s Moonbyul, and more showcasing their designs. Yet, it is still a delicate subject, and many K-Pop agencies are still very reluctant to allow their idols to get tattoos or showcase them on stage.
In the latest video on her YouTube channel, former Blady member Tina (now more commonly known as Soobin or Christine Park) discussed beauty standards in K-Pop. In particular, she spoke about some of the rules about tattoos that agencies have and why K-Pop idols are sometimes reluctant to have them done.
As expected, Tina explained that when an idol wants to get a tattoo, they have to tell the company. Although many choose not to say anything, this is normally when they are either small or in places that cannot be seen easily.
Yet, she also explained the dangers of having tattoos and not telling companies. Sometimes, they can use this against an idol if things were to turn sour.
It is the reason that most K-Pop idols don’t get tattoos, or they always ask for approval. If you guys were to sue each other at the end of a contract, the company could literally be like, ‘That was the hindrance to your image and other things.’
Another reason that many idols choose not to have tattoos or are not allowed to is because of partnerships with other brands. Many companies still have a traditional outlook on tattoos, which could hinder an idol’s chance to get opportunities. It is similar for idols who want to act during their careers.
When you are acting, you want a clean slate. You don’t know what kind of scenes you might be doing. It is very important.
There is progress in K-Pop, with more idols choosing not only to have tattoos but also to showcase them to fans. Yet, it will be a while until they are considered the norm! You can watch the whole video below.