Korean adoptee on Miami Ink

by guest contributor Jae Ran Kim, originally published at Harlow’s Monkey

Did anyone else catch episode “History of the Circus Sideshow” of Miami Ink? I saw it late last night and one of the segments was about a Korean adoptee who came into the shop to get a tattoo with her adoptive mother.

The young woman explains in the episode that she went through a very difficult time growing up in the Jersey area as the only Korean child around, went through a lot of racial identity issues and had problems with trust and attachment and abandonment.

She and her adoptive mother both had Darren tattoo the same basic design, a triangle (representing the adoption triad, first mother, adoptive mother and child) intertwined with a heart.