The first known example of a tattoo belongs to a South American mummy from 6,000 B.C. He had a mustache tattoo placed on his upper lip to make his wife more attracted to him, experts say. Today, tattoos seem to be everywhere, but in South Korea, it’s still illegal for anyone other than a licensed medical doctor to apply one.
Korean officials say the process is an invasive medical procedure, with a risk of hepatitis or HIV infection from improperly sterilized needles. They argue that it would be like allowing someone to perform surgery in their living room.
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