“Kibun” is a Korean word that has no literal translation and comes to mean state of mind.
Behind this name, the photographer Sara Yun explores the world of artisanal tattooing with the traditional “Handpoke” technique. Tattoo without a machine as was done in the beginning of the tattoo. Point by point she draws his elegant and poetic designs on the skin, the leitmotiv of her work being the inspired symbols of different cultures and the connection with nature.
Along with her motherhood came the need to find time to be creative, her curiosity and some tattooist friends helped her plunge into the world of tattoos. She had always liked to draw but had never taken it very seriously until a year and a half ago when she discovered the skin as a new canvas to explore.
Sara says that what fills her most in each project she carries out is the story behind the person (a point in common with photography, a facet that she now has more apart) and that far from seeing the tattoo simply as a body adornment, she has also seen the therapeutic capacity at an emotional and psychological level of tattooing and this fascinates him.
As for the technique, “Handpoke” is slower but less painful than machine tattooing and highlights the calm that this experience conveys both for her and for the client, as if it were a ritual or meditation.
In short, she really enjoys the entire creative process and feels great responsibility and deep respect when he puts himself in another’s shoes.
You can find her on Instagram: @kibun_tattoo