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Sacred Skin on arte

French/German TV channel arte broadcast a short film on Sacred Skin, my book (with co-author and photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat). Directed by Marc Eberle, featuring photographer James Nachtwey and tattoo master Ajan Neng Onnut. Camera by Marc Eberle and Hans Kemp. Buy Sacred Skin on amazon. Watch the arte film here.

Wai Khru (Respect the Teacher) of tattoo master Achan Neng Onnut

Yesterday, Achan Neng Onnut, a Sak Yant tattoo master who supported the research of my new book Sacred Skin, the first English language publication on Thailand’s sacred tattoos, celebrated Wai Khru Day. During the course of the day, hundreds of his devotees visited his home in Bangkok to pay their respects to the master and […]

The making of Sacred Skin

Achan Neng Onnut, one of several tattoo masters featured in my recent book Sacred Skin, the first English language publication on Thailand’s spirit tattoos, Sak Yant, has posted a number of images of the shoot for two documentaries on the book. Check out the images here. Director Marc Eberle shot an 8 minute docu on […]

Lard Yao Peter – Meet a German tattooist extraordinaire!

Lard Yao Peter travels and tattoos. With long steel needles. Peter learned his trade in Lard Yao Prison, also known as Klong Prem or the Bangkok Hilton, Thailand’s notoriously infamous jail, where he spent some time in the 1990s. Spiegel TV has produced an interesting documentary on this extraordinary German. Obviously, the film is in […]

2011 – Sacred Tattoos, The Daily Telegraph and RocknRoll!

2011 proved to be a mad, mad year for me and I’d like to thank all the people who supported me over the past twelve months. Living it all was almost too much. Here’s to the great times this year. The publication of Sacred Skin, the first book on Thailand’s sacred tattoos, was a major […]

(Deutsch) Die Zeit Kurzfilm über Sacred Skin

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Germany´s Die Zeit reviews Sacred Skin!

German broadsheet Die Zeit has produced a short film on Thailand´s sacred tattoos and my new book Sacred Skin.  The short film features interviews with James Nachtwey, Aroon Thaewchatturat and myself. Watch it online!

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

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Tom Vater and Aroon Thaewchatturat present Sacred Skin at The Space, June 28th!

Tom Vater and Aroon Thaewchatturat will present their new book Sacred Skin, Thailand´s Spirit Tattoos, at The River Space, in Bangkok on June 28th. The River Space is a project initiated by James Nachtwey. The dinners are inspired by Jim Haynes and his famous Paris dinners which have now lasted for more than 30 years. […]

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