G-Dragon in Ink

Something that kind of surprised me to find as I watched the Big Bang documentary (lead-in to their debut, reality show-style) was to find that just as TOP and G-Dragon’s images were complimentary opposites, so were their personalities…and in different directions than you’d think, on first impact.

G-Dragon, for all his absurdism in dress, and kid-like looks, is a consummate performer.

If you want a style cue to his inner nature, how about a look at his tattoos?

kinda subdued for you, isn't it, GD?

the  font says more than the actual quote about him–sure, it’s one of the artsy-graffiti classics, but the understated nature of just text, saying what he wants to say… It plays into the same statement made by the ones on his arms, too.

reportedly (by blogger Jessie Zhao, heh):

If you put the tattoos from his forearms together, they read “Vita Dolce Moderato”, which translates into “Moderate Sweet Life”.

Italian is also the language of choice in music scores, in which it could be life played sweetly, at an easy pace…

they're cute in the way they fold into his elbow, actually...

There’s something outspoken about these, just black text, right where you can’t miss them, but slim and not claiming the spotlight, either.

 

Is that very G-Dragon like?

I think it actually is. Kwon Ji-Young was writing music before he debuted with Big Bang, has gone on to create music for his friends’ solo projects, became a lead singer when he’d started his training with no interest in it. He was the leader of his group because he was able to deliver criticism when his group wasn’t performing up to par. He seems a classic, ambitious type-A actually, behind the scenes: high strung, hard-working, but the kind to see something through no matter what.

And his persona as G-Dragon is just one (major) face he wears.

for some reason, this fresh-etched photo is really cool

Bonus: just as I was gonna go look up a little about “Hero” or JaeJoong of JYJ to be second-lead in Protect the Boss (STILL NOT SUBBED) I found out that he actually has kind of epic ink. So this may be a theme for the weekend…

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