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The Bangkok International Tattoo Expo

Just attended Bangkok’s International Tattoo Expo with writer Laure Siegel for French magazine Rise Tattoo.                       Encountered a great cast of remarkable characters and some old friends.

Sacred Skin on Tattoo Maniacs – German TV

Thailand’s sacred tattoos and my book (with Aroon Thaewchatturat) Sacred Skin – Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos will be featured on Tattoo Maniacs on German TV tomorrow night. Looks like a classy show. Hm. „Tattoomaniacs – Körperkult und Arschgeweih“ – am Mittwoch, 30. November 2016, um 23:15 Uhr bei RTL II

Sacred Skin in The Diplomat

Jonathan DeHart reports on Thailand’s Sak Yant for The Diplomat today. Ajarn Neng Onnut, photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat and myself are interviewed at length. Sacred Ink: Thailand’s Magic Tattoos – Thailand’s ancient tradition of mystical tattooing, known as sak yant, is thriving in the kingdom today…. Read the full story. Or buy the bestselling book on […]

Sacred Skin – Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos in Abenteuer & Reisen, Germany

Germany’s Abenteuer und Reisen Magazine ran an eight page story on Sak Yant and my book Sacred Skin – Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos – last month. Turned out pretty good. Text by myself. Photographs by Aroon Thaewchatturat.

Thailand Handbuch 2016 – 17th edition – Out now!

Very happy to report that the 17th edition of the 900+ page Reise Know How Thailand handbook, c0-authored by Rainer Krack and myself and photographed by Rainer Krack and Aroon Thaewchatturat, is in the shops in the German speaking world, just as I am finishing up the update to my Angkor guide in Siem Reap […]

Fun City will punch your lights out – The new Joe Dylan novel by James Newman

  “A detective should have facts, but sometimes, you just had to dance to the song playing on the jukebox, work the instinct routine, wherever it takes you.” James Newman is cutting his anchors and leaving the shore. He probably sails under a black flag and his destination is rather undefined. He’s not concerned with […]

Steven Seagal loves Sak Yant…and Sacred Skin

A copy of Sacred Skin has found its way into the hands of action actor and martial arts wizard Steven Seagal, via the incredible Sak Yant master Arjanneng Onnut Sakyant!

Is tourism in Thailand becoming unsustainable? – Interview in The Daily Telegraph

Gavin Haines at The Daily Telegraph on whether mass tourism on Thailand‘s holiday islands is sustainable as visitor numbers continue to go up. I get to put in my five cents worth. Read the full story here.

Bangkok Noir: Crime Fiction in the City of Angels – Jonathan DeHart in The Diplomat

Jonathan DeHart writes an in-depth article on Bangkok crime fiction in The Diplomat today. Thailand’s capital is home to a vibrant community of writers exploring the city’s vast underbelly. Excellent overview of some the city’s literary forces. Great to be interviewed for this piece and wonderful to see Crime Wave Press being mentioned. Authors James […]

Songkran 2016: where to celebrate Thai New Year – The Daily Telegraph

My guide for The Daily Telegraph on where, when and how to best celebrate Thai New Year.

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