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Posts tagged Nepal Tattoo Convention

Nepal Earthquake – One Year On

One year ago today I got caught up in the Nepal Earthquake. I was covering with 5th international Nepal tattoo convention with Laure Siegel and Dom Pichard. The first big quake took place as we were interviewing tattooists in the ballroom of the Yak and Yeti Hotel. We spent the next four days wondering through […]

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 […]

Mohan Gurung – Nepal’s Tattooist Extraordinaire

My story on Mohan Gurung, one of Nepal’s greatest tattoo artists and an incredibly kind and generous man to boot. I interviewed Mohan both before and after the Nepal earthquake which coincided with Nepal’s fifth international tattoo convention in late April. Not a day goes by when I don’t think about the quake and the […]

The Nepal Tattoo Convention in RISE TATTOO

Journalist Laure Siegel, photographer Dom Pichard and myself produced 16 pages of features in this month’s edition of RISE TATTOO, France’s #1 tattoo magazine on the 5th International  Nepal  Tattoo Convention and the Nepali earthquake which took place during the convention weekend in late April. The reportages included a portrait of hobo tattooist Chris Powers, […]

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 […]

My Talk on Sacred Skin at The Nepal Tattoo Convention

Evidence of my presentation of Sacred Skin, the first English language book on Thailand’s sacred tattoos (co-authored with photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat and published by Visionary World), at the Nepal Tattoo Convention, held at the Yak & Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu from April 27th to 29th. Great event, great venue, amazing and patient audience! Sacred Skin […]

Genuine Pirate Material – The Nepal Tattoo Convention

“They danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I’ve been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the […]

Sacred Skin on Nepal’s Kantipur Radio – April 25th!

Sacred Skin, the first book on Thailand’s sacred tattoos, which I co-authored with photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat, was subject of a bi-lingual radio program on Nepal’s Kantipur Radio last week. The thirty minute show, Radio Talk, featured Ashesh Sharma, one of the organizers of the second International Nepal Tattoo Convention and myself and is now available […]

Sacred Skin in The Himalayan Times

I have been interviewed about Sacred Skin, the first English language book on Thailand’s sacred tattoos,  in The Himalayan Times, one of Nepal’s English language newspaper. I was in Nepal last week to attend the second international Nepal Tattoo Convention. To promote the book in Kathmandu, I also took part in a 30 minute discussion […]

Sacred Skin at the Nepal Tattoo Convention

I will be presenting my book Sacred Skin, the first English language book on Thailand’s sacred tattoos, Sak Yant, at the second international Nepal Tattoo Convention. The event takes place from April 27th to April 29th at the legendary Kathmandu hotel Yak & Yeti. I’ll be giving several talks on Thailand’s sacred tattoos and presenting […]

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