Inked in Korea

We finally did it, we got our Korea tattoos! Some of you already knew that we have been talking about doing this for quite some time, but for the rest of you, SURPRISE! Before we even moved to Korea, we knew we would probably end up getting tattoos as a way of memorializing our time spent abroad. We have been thinking about the design and the placement for a long time and finally we made up our minds. We were over the moon to finally get an appointment with the artist Nadi who is becoming renowned for her incredible ink pen style art.

Though we really love our tattoos, it was important for us to put them in a place that could easily be covered for school and what not. So, face and neck tattoos were out of the picture. I got mine done on my upper thigh and Ryan chose his upper arm. We already have tattoos, but they too are easily covered. My design was inspired by the amazingly beautiful spring flowers in Korea and the arrow has always been a part of the Hedgers Abroad logo. Ryan’s is designed after Korean folk art and it depicts the white tiger and 달마 대사 (Bodhidharma), also affectionately referred to as “grumpy man.”

If you are interested in getting tattoos in Korea, you can check out the Inked in Korea page here for more information about different artists and to get an appointment booked. Size, time, placement, and experience all dictate the amount that they will charge you so we really can’t offer any kind of basic price scale. If you have any other questions, be sure to let us know!


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6 thoughts on “Inked in Korea

  1. Sarah says:

    Wow, I love these! I started following your blog awhile back. I’m an expat living in Andong. These make me wish I could decide on something to memorialize the three years my husband and I will have spent in Korea when we (probably?) leave next Winter. Thanks for sharing!

    • Grainne says:

      I’m the same as you Sarah! Myself and my husband leave Korea this September after spending 5 years here and I’d love to come up with tattoos to commemorate our time here but the time is running out!

    • Hedgers Abroad says:

      Thanks, Sarah! We have been thinking about these for a while and have been bouncing ideas off each other for quite some time. If you ever decide on something, Chelsea from the Inked in Korea Facebook page can set you up an appointment!

  2. Nick S says:

    Looks awesome! If you don’t mind me asking how much did they cost (and how long did they take)? I’m very interested as it’s fantastic work!

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