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The Newar and their Tattoos

Another great story from Nepal by Laure Siegel with photos by Dom Pichard, Laure Siegel and myself. Published in French magazine Rise Tattoo back in July. The Newar people have a unique tattoo tradition which only survives on a few old people in the Kathmandu valley, primarily in Bhaktapur today.  We visited Bhaktapur, a stunning […]

The 5th International Tattoo Convention in Kathmandu

       I am currently wrapping up a bunch of stories about the 5th International Tattoo Convention in Nepal and its aftermath. It’s been a pleasure working with French journalists Laure Siegel and Dom Pichard as well as meeting countless interesting and wonderful tattoo artists and punters on the roof of the world. The […]

Sacred Skin in Rise Tattoo Magazine

I am interviewed in this month’s Rise Tattoo Magazine from France. Big thanks to Dom Pichard and Laure Siegel.

Literary gangsterism in France

Crime Fiction‘s alive and kicking in France.  50s pulp greats like Jim Thompson and Ross MacDonald are are currently being re-translated and some Noir classics are now out in two different editions. This is what I found out when I visited Libraririe Lignes Noires in Avignon, one of just a handful of crime fiction book […]

French blog La Jupette de Jeanette on Sacred Skin

French blog La Jupette de Jeanette offers a page on my new book Sacred Skin this week!

Four page spread on Sacred Skin in Courrier International!

Today’s edition of Courrier International runs a great four page spread of my new book Sacred Skin, the first English language publication on Thailand’s sacred tattoos, Sak Yant.

Sacred Skin featured in Courrier International on October 6th!

My new book, Sacred Skin, the first English language publication on Thailand´s spirit tattoos, Sak Yant, is featured in the forthcoming edition of the French Courrier International, due to hit newsstands on October 6th!

Sacred Skin on arte on September 17th!

French German TV channel ARTE will be broadcasting an eight minute documentary, part of the culture magazine Metropolis, on Thailand’s sacred tattoos and on my new book, Sacred Skin on September 17th! Metropolis will be on at 11.30pm. The program will be repeated on September 18th at 5.45pm. Visit the book’s official website!

(Deutsch) Sacred Skin – am 17. September auf ARTE um 23.30 Uhr

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September 17th on ARTE – Sacred Skin

French German TV channel ARTE will be broadcasting an eight minute documentary, part of the culture magazine Metropolis, on Thailand’s sacred tattoos and on my new book, Sacred Skin on September 17th! Exact broadcasting schedule to follow. Visit the book’s official website!

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