Forbidden Ink

Tattoos are not against the law in South Korea, but they
were a foolproof way of avoiding the draft.  Until the government
started arresting young men for ”willfully tampering with their bodies
to avoid military duty”. In old Korea, authorities tattooed ”Thief”
or ”Stealer of Government Money” on criminals’ foreheads. Go figure.

By Sang Hun Choe, Associated Press, 6/29/2003

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2 Responses to Forbidden Ink

  1. This was very helpful. I wanted to comment and show my support.

  2. Sherry says:

    Ink tattoos where a quite widespread method of avoiding the draft back in the days…

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