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Color Painting Tattoo

Hansan’s Tattoo Remakes of Famous Paintings

Hansan is a tattooist based in Seoul, South Korea. She lives with three cats which she regards as more than family; they are soul-mate creatures who provide her joy and health. And inspire her to tattoo cats, dogs, and other animals on the skins of her customers. While this is one of her primary themes, […]

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Flowers and Plants Painting Tattoo

Interview with Abii about Porcelain Paintings to Tattoos

While Abii earned a degree in scenography from Sangmyung University in 2011 due to her love of reading plays and visualizing theatrical sets, her student hobby was porcelain painting, which influenced her career choice (resulting in six years as a professional porcelain artist). Her interest in tattoos sprang from a desire to see her works […]

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Animals Tattoo

Tattooing Beloved Pets: An Interview with Kimria

The South Korean film industry, like the tattoo industry, is thriving. South Korea is a fine-line micro tattooing powerhouse because the quality and skill are exceptional, as demonstrated by Kimria, a Seoul-based artist specializing in pet portraits on skin. Kimria, who works in black-and-grey and color, discusses her passion for assisting clients in reconnecting with […]

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Art Body Art Tattoo Therapeutic

Tattoo Therapy: The Dotwork of Jingxi from Shanghai

One of our goals at Scene360 is highlighting creative individuals who see “art as therapy,” and that is the case of Shanghai-based tattooist Jingxi who is focused on transmitting her clients’ emotions and feelings into tattoo designs placed on their bodies. Her art style may diverge, but as she says it isn’t really about the […]

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Movies Special Feature

Anticipating Asian Cinema in 2019

Anticipation is an expression of bias, which is not to say that the bias is uninformed. I have seen only two of the ten Asian films listed below (“Burning” and “Believer,” both for festivals)—but my piqued interest in the others is not entirely arbitrary. What commends these various titles from Japan, China, Korea and Laos […]

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Movies Special Feature

Ten Best Movies of 2018

2018 has been an incredible for movies. So good in fact, compiling a list of ten films was a tough nut to crack. Plenty of excellent titles were left out. “Roma,” “Sorry To Bother You,” “Loveless,” “Blackkklansman,” “Downsizing,” “Western” and “Climax” all deserve honourable mentions. While summer blockbuster “Mission: Impossible–Fallout” gets a special shout-out for […]

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Art Body Art Color Tattoo

A Korean Twist on Iconic Fine Art: Pitta KKM Tattoos

Art masterpieces get revamped by Korean tattooer, Pitta KKM. From Picasso to Michelangelo to Magritte, from the waves of Hokusai to the temples of Chūta, KKM pulls inspiration from all over, updating their work through the lens of his heritage. “In Korea, there are traditional colors called ‘오방색’ (five direction colors),” he explains. “Blue, white, […]

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Art Body Art Tattoo

Seductive Japanese Mask Tattoos by Suzani

“She can seduce any man she wants with her mesmerizing beauty.” Korean tattooer Suzani lovingly describes Tomie, a Japanese horror manga character, and the root of her creative inspiration. “Men couldn’t control their love toward her, so they killed her. Murdered, and buried into pieces. But no matter how many times they killed her, she came back […]

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Movies

Ten of the Best Films From Japan

So rich has been the history and variety of films from the Land of the Rising Sun that narrowing down a selection of the best—or even of favourites—is practically impossible. Here, then, is something a little more provisional: an eclectic anthology of ten titles which will each amaze, enthral and astonish, and which collectively will […]

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Art Special Feature Tattoo

Breaking the Taboo: 10 Daring Tattoo Artists From South Korea

In the past several years, South Korea has becoming a powerhouse for great tattoo artists. But technically, their practice is considered illegal in the eyes of the South Korean government. Why is this? The reasoning makes sense, but doesn’t reflect the current state of tattooing. Basically, tattoos are seen as a “medical procedure” that should be performed […]