In South Korea, tattooing is an illegal art form. In spite of this, there are thousands of thriving tattooers living throughout the country. Many of these tattooers have made a splash not just in their home country, but thanks to social media, in the international tattoo scene as well. One of these rising stars is Dokhwa, who specializes in micro realism tattoos. Dokhwa began her tattoo career just a few short years ago and she’s already created some of the best pieces in the burgeoning genre. She expertly executes impressive ink on a nearly impossible scale. Her work ranges from celebrity portraits to recreations of her client’s cherished pets to homages to her favorite snacks.
“I’ve had the most fun with realism, so I’ve been experimenting with that. I’m constantly studying and trying to get better at it.” —