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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 […]

Sacred Skin – Thailand´s Spirit Tattoos – Publisher’s Website

Sacred Skin – Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos, a new book published by Visionary World, photographed by Aroon Thaewchatturat and written by Tom Vater, will be out on July 1st. For now, here’s a sneak preview of the book on the publisher’s website. Find info on the book, its authors and the publisher, as well as a […]

Life, Death and Game Shows in Bangkok

My friend’s wife Puk just gave birth to her second child, a son. His name is Duncan. Duncan was born in Vajira Hospital, the same clinic major general ‘Sae Daeng’ Khattiya, one of the most divisive figures in Thailand’s political crisis, now lies in, after being shot in the head by a sniper two days […]

From the Archives: Pol Pot’s Sheet Metal Roof

The following text is an account of a journey to the grave of Pol Pot near Anlong Veng, Cambodia in 2002. It is part of my non fiction book Beyond the Pancake Trench – Road Tales from the Wild East, published by Orchid Books in 2005, which made Book of the Week in the South […]

Tom Vater’s 2006 non-fiction title Beyond the Pancake Trench bootlegged in Cambodia

While in Cambodia, I noticed that my non-fiction title Beyond the Pancake Trench, published by Orchid Books, is being sold in bookshops around the country, along with scores of other titles, as a photocopied bootleg. Damn. The majority of books currently sold in Cambodia are probably pirated products, as is the vast majority of DVDs, […]

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