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BTS’s Jungkook breaking Korean netizens’ prejudices with this feature

Makenae Jungkook of the group BTS has many times publicly showed his tattoo, lip piercing, eyebrow piercing. The idol’s confidence is also gradually breaking the long-standing prejudice of Korean netizens.

Recently on an online forum, a netizen compiled a series of pictures of BTS’s Jungkook with his piercings. Not only has his ears pierced with 2-3 holes, but Jungkook also pierced his eyebrows. Most recently, the idol showed his eye-catching lip piercing at 2021 The Fact Music Awards.

 Jungkook gradually breaks KPOP idols’ stereotypes to have no tattoos or piercings
 Jungkook gradually breaks KPOP idols’ stereotypes to have no tattoos or piercings
Jungkook continues to cause chaos because of his new lip piercing. (Photo: Internet)
Jungkook continues to cause chaos because of his new lip piercing.  (Photo: Internet)

In addition to the piercings, Jungkook is also famous for having many tattoos on his body.  This has caused a lot of controversy in online communities considering the popularity and global influence of BTS in general and Jungkook in particular.

 Jungkook of BTS is a global trendsetter and breaks stereotypes about KPOP idols.  (Photo: Internet)

However, after a while, Korean netizens began to have a change of opinions. Many people believe that Jungkook has confidently taken the lead to break the stereotypes about tattooing and piercing in their conservative country.

 Jungkook of BTS is a global trendsetter and breaks stereotypes about KPOP idols.  (Photo: Internet)
 Jungkook of BTS is a global trendsetter and breaks stereotypes about KPOP idols.  (Photo: Internet)

Netizens support Jungkook’s tattoos 

In South Korea, tattooing is not illegal, but was rather made into a medical practice by the Supreme Court in 1992.  And tattooing without a medical license is technically subject to a fine of up to $950.  In socially conservative South Korea, tattoos are often seen as taboo, prompting some celebrities to cover them up on TV shows and in media interviews.

Political efforts to remove the restriction on Korean tattoo artists didn’t succeed and couldn’t even attract much attention, until BTS accidentally got involved.

Jungkook loves tattoos and fans support him (Photo: Internet) 
Jungkook loves tattoos and fans support him (Photo: Internet) 

The youngest member of BTS, Jungkook, loves tattoos and was once involved in a scandal because of this habit. In 2019, the BTS maknae was criticized for revealing too many tattoos on his hands even though they were symbols for fans. Many people like Jungkook‘s innocent and attractive image in the past, making it difficult for them to accept the male idol’s recent rebellious image. Some people even consider him “rude”.

The meanings of BTS Jungkook's tattoos touched fans
The meanings of BTS Jungkook’s tattoos touched fans

On the contrary, fans and many netizens think that Jungkook’s hobbies should be respected,  claiming that tattoos are not bad. Jungkook‘s fans are also very welcoming of him becoming more and more stylish and fashionable like a western artist.

 Jungkook pierced his lips, netizens changed their prejudices

 After that, Jungkook continued to appear with a new image with a piercing on the tail of his right eyebrow. This piercing’s position is quite revealing, but can be easily covered with hair.  Jungkook first introduced his eyebrow piercing during BTS‘s “Butter” album promotions.  Many people suspected that the idol’s piercing was fake, but Jungkook later confirmed that his eyebrow piercing was REAL.

Jungkook has publicly confirmed that he pierced his eyebrows.  (Photo: Internet) 
Jungkook has publicly confirmed that he pierced his eyebrows.  (Photo: Internet) 

So when Jungkook recently appeared with a lip piercing, people weren’t too “chaotic” anymore. Some are even looking forward to his tongue being pierced next.

So Jungkook's lip piercing doesn't surprise fans anymore.  (Photo: Internet) 
So Jungkook’s lip piercing doesn’t surprise fans anymore.  (Photo: Internet) 
No matter what Jungkook does, he's handsome regardless.  (Photo: Internet) 
No matter what Jungkook does, he’s handsome regardless.  (Photo: Internet) 
Netizens also wait for Jungkook to pierce his tongue.  (Photo: Internet) 
Netizens also wait for Jungkook to pierce his tongue.  (Photo: Internet) 

After seeing these photos, netizens commented on Jungkook‘s unique style choices and said, “It’s great to see him experimenting with different looks.” Some people have overcome their own prejudice against piercing thanks to the idol.

Other netizens also thought that Jungkook‘s choice of style also reflects his “professionalism” and “do it all” tendency.

 Some reactions of Korean netizens:

  • I can’t wait to see a ring on his lips. I think he’ll look really good. 
  • I put aside my prejudices about a lot of things thanks to Jungkook. Now I also have a small tattoo on my shoulder and he makes me want to pierce my eyebrows. 
  • There’s no pose that Jungkook can’t do…everything looks great on him.Jungkook just does what he does.  he likes, I don’t think he expects people to change his mind about piercings and tattoos but it’s nice to see that’s happening.  He’s so brave OMG I wanted to see a ring on his lips I never thought I’d fall in love with piercings and tattoos, but Jungkook did.  It’s his body, nobody else’s business, let him be free.  He’s handsome and always innocent, so his cuteness doesn’t go away, no matter what he does. He’s really a social influencer. Tattoos and piercings in the first place weren’t  is a problem and it would be surprising if it took so long for netizens to realize that people should do whatever they want with their bodies.

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