Under Korean law, tattoo parlous are actually illegal. Tattooing is defined as a medical procedure, meaning only licensed doctors can ink skin. Many folks in South Korea are understandably annoyed at this draconian law and they show their displeasure by visiting one of the 20,000 tattooists who work illegally and risk steep fines and police busts. Perhaps because it is illegal tattoos are actually very popular in South Korea – more than a million people there are said to have tattoos.
One such tattoo parlor in Seoul is Sol Tattoos, and they create amazing, realistic-looking cat portraits. Koreans who get a tattoo there not only create a lasting memento of their cat, they get to protest the silly anti-tattoo policy in the process.