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Meet hocheon

"A South Korean tattoo artist weaving history and artistry into ink. Unveil his story of inked elegance."

It is an honor to introduce Hocheon, a dedicated artist in the realm of oriental tattooing, hailing from the city of Daegu in the Asian nation of South Korea. At 36 years of age and with 14 years of professional experience, Hocheon exemplifies the principles of moderation, repetition, balance, unity, and order in his craft.

"Tattooing in the Japanese tradition is rooted in the empirical evidence of Japanese history."

"The tattoo scene in Korea remains illegal. I hope that it will soon be legalized and become an integral part of our culture."

When did you decide to embark on the journey of tattooing?

I started drawing at the tender age of 7. I learned various painting techniques, including oil, watercolor, and acrylic. When I turned 21, I found myself yearning for something new, and in that quest, tattooing captured my attention.

How long have you been doing this?

This marks the 14th year. I started tattooing in 2008, and since then, it has been years of diligent work and a profound love for this remarkable art.

Do you recall your first tattoo?

My first tattoo was a set of letters. I then proceeded to give myself a self-tattoo on my own body.

Do you have any tattoos yourself?

Any stories or anecdotes behind them?

Absolutely! My first tattoo was a portrait of my mother, and from there, I began to get tattoos of my favorite artists.

Tell me a style you would never attempt.

I have an aversion to tattooing the face. All other areas are fair game.

In your opinion, what is the most challenging type of tattoo, and why is that so?

It is Irezumi. There are five principles that always come to mind when attempting to tattoo: moderation, repetition, balance, unity, and order. Every time I practice these principles, it proves to be a daunting task. The challenge arises because it is deeply rooted in historical Japanese evidence.

Do you find being a tattoo artist easy?

Being a tattoo artist is quite challenging. However, for those who revel in it, it can become second nature.

Do you have any artistic influences?

Look to Ukiyo-e. Japanese tattooing is built upon the historical evidence of Japanese history.

Does your family respect your profession?

They were concerned initially, but now they hold my profession in high regard. Haha, everyone knows that there used to be a certain prejudice against tattooed individuals and tattoo artists a few years ago.

Do you believe this perception has changed? Would you like to share any stories about it?

Tattoos are universal, but each country ascribes different meanings to them. Although public perception has evolved, there is still a lingering conservative view.

What are your professional plans for the future?

I simply wish to live through my tattoos. I want to savor life more. There are no grand schemes.

What does tattooing mean in your life?

It means memories, it means life.

When someone seeks your services, how do they reach out to you?

Simply send an email to

Is there anything you would like to add? Any words of gratitude?

The tattoo scene in Korea remains illegal. I hope it will soon be legalized and become an integral part of our culture. Thank you for reading, dear subscribers.


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