SEOUL—Even inside South Korea, few folks realized it stays the one nation the place inking tattoos is illegitimate and not using a medical license. However then the obscure legislation crossed paths this week with one thing not so obscure: the Ok-pop band BTS.
Pushing for extra relaxed trade regulation, a South Korean lawmaker posted a photograph of a BTS member named Jung-kook, who on an area tv present had lined up his finger tattoos with bandages.
“Take away Band-Aids from BTS’s physique,” wrote the lawmaker, Ryu Ho-jeong, on Twitter.
The backlash from BTS followers was swift, accusing Ms. Ryu of dragging the seven-member band into politics. Ms. Ryu, a self-proclaimed BTS fan herself, has since apologized.
Utilizing a BTS member for example is a part of altering prejudices about tattoos in South Korea and makes an attempt to create a globally aggressive tattoo trade within the nation, Ms. Ryu stated by means of an aide. Highlighting the difficulty has generated extra consideration for giving South Korean tattoo artists authorized standing, the aide stated.