Tom Vater

Tom Vater

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Sacred Tattoos and Secret Lifestyles

Last month, we had a visit from veteran tattooist Bruce Bart and his wife Jennifer. They were on an Asian road trip and were looking for a tattoo master in Thailand. Their search, quite an adventure, eventually led them to Sacred Skin and to the house I share with my wife, photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat. This […]

My Sacred Wall

Four images by Aroon Thaewchatturat from our book Sacred Skin currently grace a wall in our home. Achan Neng Onnut has added yant and blessings to each photograph.

Tom Vater in the Daily Telegraph – Red Shirts in Rajaprasong

One of my images of a Red Shirt demonstration in early April, a few days prior to the first serious riots in the nine week show-down between protesters and the Thai government, ran in The Daily Telegraph’s education pages in the UK in early June. At the time, I think it was April 4th, the […]

The Konark Sun Temple – India`s Sexual Universe

The 13th century Konark Sun Temple in Orissa is one of the most spectacular buildings in India and features a vast array of erotic sandstone carvings.  View more images on my flickr page.

Canine curb crawler?

Late Night Party Dog circles the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Tom Vater at Alamy

I have decided to put some of my stock photography up on Alamy, the world`s largest stock photo library. I am about to upload images from the past five years work and travel in South East Asia. Along with 1.200 images I am currently offering via OnAsia Images (, the growing collection on Alamy is […]