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Once the pattern is laid out, hand-tapping begins.

For needle, Whang Od uses a pomelo thorn that she attaches to the end of a piece of bamboo. She smears the thorn with ink, then, using another piece of wood, taps it repeatedly into the skin until the skin absorbs the ink. Whang Od taps over the pattern two or three times to make sure the ink is absorbed completely. So basically, you get wounded two or three times on the same area until she is satisfied with the result and decides to move on. And because the thorn is not as smooth as a needle, the process becomes extra painful when the skin gets snagged on the thorn. Read more.



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