Korean tattooer Pitta KKM blends the art masterpieces of old masters with the traditional colors and pattern of Korean art.
He explains “In Korea, there are traditional colors called ‘오방색’ (five direction colors), blue, white, red, black and yellow for east, west, south, north and middle.”
“I always use clouds and colors in the traditional pattern, with some elements like Tiger, Crane, Lotus, and ‘Dancheong’ from Korean architecture.”
Pitta KKM is currently working at his Bad Hands Tattoo Works studio in Seoul, where tattooing is considered an illegal activity (unless the artist holds a medical license). “It’s hard to get supplies like needles, inks and machines. We always have worries about getting caught …”