Jay Park is slowly breaking down traditional K-pop styles, one tattoo at a time.
6 Apr 2017 - 1:43 PM  UPDATED 6 Apr 2017 - 1:54 PM

K-pop has generally had a traditionally "safe image" ever since the genre started gaining prominence in the music scene, but recent years have seen this image slowly change towards something more daring, and leading the way is superstar Jay Park and his tattoos.

Jay Park made an appearance on doco-series "Needles & Pins," on SBS Vicelandwhich explores the journey of tattoo art from subculture to global phenomenon, and the K-pop star discussed how his tattoos initially drew criticism from Korean fans and even his family.

In Korean culture, tattoos are considered taboo and are associated with negative connotations, such as the Mafia, and Park was forced to cover up his tattoos during his initial years in the K-pop industry. But as his popularity grew with time, the rapper soon saw his tattoos as a way to help break open K-pop's heavily-scrutinised "safe image" that has been ingrained into the industry. By freely showing off his tattoos, Park is inadvertently helping to break down barriers by demonstrating that there is more to people than what is inked on their skin. 

Check out Jay Park's appearance on SBS Viceland's "Needles and Pins" below, and be sure to check out the full episode on SBS OnDemand here.


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