ARMYs never get enough of BTS’ YouTube logs and VLIVEs. Some of them involve the members just hanging out and doing arts and crafts projects or playing Just Dance, while others show the members being serious and getting in album-production mode. Since nothing can get past ARMYs, every once in a while, they’ll notice something extraordinary: a member’s new ink. For example, fans noticed something different about Jimin’s arms during BTS’ May 11, 2020 YouTube livestream. Fans suspected he got more tattoos months before during BTS’ "ON" promotions, so they were happy to find out they were right during the stream. They’ve been keeping close track of how many tattoos BTS’ Jimin has ever since he got his "Nevermind" design, so whenever he adds another to his collection, they can’t help but make it a big deal.
As far as fans know, Jimin and Jungkook are the only members of BTS with ink. Many of Jungkook’s tattoos are clearly visible on his arms and fingers, like "ARMY" written on his knuckles and three large black stripes inked on his right arm. However, Jimin’s designs are a little more hidden away, meaning they’re harder to spot — especially because he has so few of them. So far, fans have discovered Jimin has four tattoos. In case you haven’t seen them yet, check them out below.
Jimin’s "Nevermind" tattoo was, at one point, one of the greatest mysteries in the BTS fandom. When Jimin first debuted the ink at BTS’ MAMAs stage with Block B in December 2014, fans knew it was fake and just part of the performance concept since the tattoo disappeared from Jimin’s torso after the performance.
However, fans noticed the tattoo again during BTS’ MGA performance in November 2018. While fans went back and forth debating about whether or not the tattoo was real this time (with many fans insisting it must be fake and for another concept), over time, they came to accept it was real because of its longevity. They would spot it again whenever Jimin lifted up his shirt during his "Serendipity" performances throughout BTS’ 2019 Love Yourself tour.
There’s no telling exactly why Jimin decided to get the once-fake design tattooed on his torso for real, but it’s safe to assume the design came to mean a lot to him.
Fans first spotted Jimin’s "13" tattoo when BTS did their annual VLIVE comeback special just hours ahead of dropping their album Map of the Soul: 7 on Feb. 21, 2020.
At one point during the livestream, Jimin lifted up his arms and revealed his "13" tat on his wrist. Fans saw it again during BTS’ M Countdown performance on Feb. 27, and during Jimin’s March 30 VLIVE in 2020.
Jimin’s favorite number is 13, BTS’ debut day was on June 13, 2013, and Jimin’s birthday is on Oct. 13, so it’s possible the number could represent all three.
3 & 4. "Forever Young" Elbow Tats
At the end of BTS’ M Countdown performance on Feb. 27, 2020, fans saw what appeared to be two bandages on Jimin’s elbows. Fans’ first thought was that Jimin got new tattoos, with one on each arm. Their suspicions were confirmed during BTS’ May 11 livestream.
In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, fans caught a glimpse of one of Jimin’s tats above his left elbow. It’s small and hard to make out what it is exactly, so ARMYs hope to get a clearer look in the future.
Jimin had a bandage on the same spot on each of his elbows during BTS’ M Countdown performance, so they suspected he had another tat on his right elbow that matches the one on his left.
By Sunday, June 21, 2020 it was *finally* revealed in a VLIVE where Jimin and Jungkook cooked kimbap together that Jimin’s arm tattoos spelled out "Young Forever." It’s a clear reference to one of his favorite BTS tracks of the same same. What makes the tats even more special is that they appear to be in the same font as his "Nevermind" tattoo.
Fans saw the two tattoos from another angle during BTS’ Nov. 13, 2020 YouTube livestream.
For now, ARMYs only know about the existence of these four tattoos. He may have more, but fans won’t know until he chooses to reveal them. And that’s OK with ARMYs.
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