While tattoos are still technically frowned upon by some in Korean society, many K-pop idols have chosen to break from the norms and ink their bodies. Tattoos are just another form of self-expression, and there are lots of idols whose tattoos hold deep significance. Without further ado, here are just nine of them!

1. Block B’s Zico

Zico has numerous tattoos all over his body and isn’t shy about showing them off. One of his most meaningful tattoos is on his upper left arm, and is a yellow ribbon that represents the Sewol Ferry disaster. Over 300 people died as a result of the ferry sinking, including a Block B fan. Zico had the ribbon tattooed to memorialize the victims of the disaster and as a reminder to always be better.

2. (G)I-DLE’s Soojin

Soojin has had tattoos even since before (G)I-DLE’s debut, and her collection just keeps growing! In addition to an adorable heart-shaped friendship tattoo, main dancer Soojin has a meaningful tattoo along the back of her left arm that reads “self love is the best love.” She’s struggled with hate from netizens in the past, so it’s likely that the tattoo holds a very special meaning for this shy and sweet idol. The statement speaks for itself!

3. iKON’s Jinhwan

Jinhwan of iKON also has a fair number of tattoos to his name, but he’s been pretty mysterious about them – keeping fans guessing. He’s always adding to his ink, but perhaps one of the most memorable (and beautiful!) tattoos he has is the French phrase “renaitre de ses cendres,” which means to rise or be reborn from the ashes. It’s definitely a powerful statement, but only Jinhwan knows the real meaning it holds for him.

4. HyunA

Multi-talented soloist queen HyunA is well-known for her spunky and sexy stage presence, and her colorful variety of tattoos definitely adds to her image. Despite her carefree persona, the star is very thoughtful with her family, friends, and fans. She’s clearly got a lot of love to give, and she even got her love for her mother tattooed on her body – the text inked on her upper back reads “my mother is the heart that keeps me alive.” How sweet!

5. EXO’s Chanyeol

EXO’s happy virus Chanyeol has always been very outspoken about his love for the group’s fans, but he really took his dedication to the next level. He has “L-1485” tattooed on his wrist, representing the date that the EXO-L fanbase was established: August 5, 2014. Chanyeol fully revealed the tattoo at a concert, saying to the audience that “all of you will always be a part of my body until the day I die.” You really can’t deny how much he loves his fans!

6. MAMAMOO’s Moonbyul

Moonbyul, the main rapper of MAMAMOO, has a couple of tattoos – and they all hold special meanings to her. The outline of her family members inked on her arm is particularly memorable, and represents the importance of her family in her life. However, the timeline of significant moments in her life that is tattooed above her ankle is perhaps the most meaningful. Her date of birth, the group’s debut date, and the date she started to work for her dreams are all represented.

7. NCT’s Johnny