BTS recently aired their highly anticipated Run BTS! Episode that featuring celebrity chef Baek Jong Won and everyone has been hyped about it.
Viewers can watch the boys having fun while cooking food, but a particular member stood out amongst the rest for something completely unrelated.
Jungkook‘s tattoo sleeve on his arm was revealed for the first time and it is looking incredible!
ARMYs are well aware of his growing tattoo collection, but they’ve been blurred out numerous times by broadcasting networks anytime Jungkook is featured on a show.
In the Run BTS! episode, Jungkook casually rolled up the sleeves of his sweatshirt while he was cooking so that they would be out of the way. It was then that his glorious tattoo sleeve was revealed for all his fans to see. Without any censorship effects, viewers were able to clearly see his growing tattoo collection on his right arm.
While many idols have tattoos in the K-Pop industry, tattoos are still considered a taboo within the culture. The conservative nation still views tattoos in a negative light so broadcasting networks will blur them out or cover them using bandages if an idol has any visible tattoos.
There are certain laws that ban tattoos to be shown on air, which is why some networks are more strict with their censorship than others.
Tattoos are also technically illegal in South Korea, since it is viewed as a medical service. This means that only qualified medical practitioners are allowed to tattoo someone’s body.
But this may be another reason behind the taboo. Tattoos are also still associated with gangs, which further instills the taboo mindset of the nation.
Due to these restrictions, many idols’ tattoos have been censored including our favorite BTS maknae. Naturally, Jungkook’s uncensored and beautifully tattooed arm that Run BTS! showed on their most recent episode caused quite a frenzy online.
Netizens ran to the comments to share their thoughts.
The culture in Korea can’t change overnight and that’s understandable. The taboo around tattoos have been historically embedded into the Korean culture and that will take some time to change.