Daldam A 29-year old tattoo artist who is inspired by Japanese mythology, Chinese art and Korean culture. She travels back in time to the period of porcelain vases and goblin legends to delicately tattoo these themes on her clients’ bodies. The East is a rich source of meaning for her. She finds it fascinating that tigers and massive waves have different significances. She is also proud of what she has accomplished. South Korean nationalityThis is highlighted by flags and other symbols.
Above: The timeless beauty of peonies is evident.
In stylised form, the South Korean flag
You used to be a dealer at a casino.
To find a job that was stable, I turned to the casino industry. Although I enjoyed my work as a dealer at the casino, it was not something that I liked. I’ve always wanted to draw, so I couldn’t help but look for a job in the art industry while working as a casino dealer. Thanks to a recommendation from a friend of a tattoo artist, my first job as a professional tattooist was possible.
Reproduction of a Chinese porcelain vase dating back to the 19th century.
Was there a difference in the work environment?
As a casino dealer, my workplace stressed the importance of teamwork. But I preferred working alone. It was difficult for me to work with my coworkers.
“Hyakki Yagyo” art from Japanese mythology.
Please tell us what makes your tattoo designs unique.
My primary sources of inspiration are Korea’s traditional beauty and culture. My strengths are in the rich and soft colors, as well as my attention to detail.
Based on traditional Korean art (in the “Minhwa” style).
Why did you choose to focus on Korean themes in your art?
It was all a coincidence. When I started my tattooing career, I was interested in replicating iconic paintings. Then I had an epiphany: “Why not work on Korean oriental paintings?” I couldn’t think of any reason not to, so I began working with oriental paintings.
Daldam shows the Korean classic landscape with a feline.
Which are the most distinctive scenes or wildlife you have inked?
The prevention of evil luck is represented by the tiger in oriental art. Pine trees are associated with longevity and good health. The lotus also represents pureness and righteousness, which is unaffected by the outside world. Aside from the designs’ beauty, the definitions make it even more appealing.
Inspired by a print titled “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” from 1831.
Your creativity is your way of expressing yourself gracefully. Are you an extrovert?
Although I had taken the personality test many times, I got the same result each time, which classified my as an introvert. I’ve always identified as an introvert from my childhood experiences, even without the test. I’ve always found it challenging to speak in front of a class, and it took me a long time to make new friends each semester.
The customer’s pets illustrated in traditional Asian style.
Do you think of yourself as shy, or an introvert?
Yes! Because I am nervous, I don’t like being in the centre of attention and speaking publicly. This is not something that I want to share with my customers.
Kawanabe KYSAI, another look at Japanese folklore, was reinterpreted and translated by Daldam.
You might be shy, so how can you hide it?
In order to hide my shyness I often try to find something to distract me from reality. Most often, I think of cute animals like dogs and cats. My face doesn’t turn red from this.
When others are paying attention, it’s a good idea to divert their attention by asking questions. This allows you to hear their stories and not pay attention to them.