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Cat Tattoos May Be the Cutest Way to Break the Law in South Korea

The unfortunate truth is that cat lovers can't take their furry friends wherever they go. When they leave home, their favorite feline has to stay. There's one way to ease that separation, though, and it's by tattooing them on the body. Sol Tattoo in Seoul, South Korea permanently inks clients' skin with a portrait of their cat. That way, it's a little reminder of them forever.

The delicate tattoos have an incredible amount of detail considering their size. Through subtle shading, dots, and lines, Sol Tattoo is able to create fantastic, realistic-looking portraits that pay proper homage to the owners' cats. Some of the animals are even seen in their best attire.

The studio draws more than just cats, and their popular Instagram showcases a variety of tattoos. So, it might come as a surprise that this type of body art is actually illegal in South Korea. Inking, as it's called, is defined as a medical procedure by law. But according to The Wall Street Journal, there are thousands of underground parlors that exist in Seoul. More than a million people in South Korea are said to have tattoos. Celebrities and sports stars have popularized the industry, and so the country is considering legalizing the trade.

Sol Tattoo Instagram and Facebook
via [ The Huffington Post]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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