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Annual Reading Competition at Banphed School in Issan

Just got back from the 3rd annual reading competition that my wife, photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat organizes in Banphed Village, Issan, Thailand. This year, three publishers and several donors took part. 25 students won prizes and the school library was restocked with new titles. I got to read a short story, The Monkey in a Murder […]

The Price of Life by Nigel Brennan

It’s been a real pleasure, a profoundly moving experience, and great fun meeting and hanging out with Nigel Brennan at the UBUD Writers and Readers Festival in Bali and, more recently, in Bangkok. Nigel is The Dirty Hostage, an Australian photojournalist who traveled to Somalia in 2008 and was kidnapped. The blurb to his incredible […]

Sacred Skin at Wat Bang Phra: An interview with Aroon Thaewchatturat

Aroon Thaewchatturat, photographer and co-author of Sacred Skin, my book on Thailand’s spirit tattoos – sak yant in Thai – is interviewed in this short film at Wat Bang Phra, during the annual Wai Kru (Respect your teacher) festival, during which thousands of tattoo devotees descend on this temple famous for its tattooing monks, an […]

Bangkok Poets

Photographer Kraig Lieb, writer Joe Cummings and yours truly at last week’s Bangkok Poetry event at WTF (whatthefuck) Bar in Thong Lor. The unusual suspects were captured by Aroon Thaewchatturat.

Risky Bangkok by Vinai Dithajohn

Check out the excellent photo essay Risky Bangkok by seminal Thai photographer Vinai Dithajohn. Vinai Dithajohn is a Bangkok-based photojournalist covering news and documentary stories in Thailand and Southeast Asia for the past ten years. He has been shooting Thailand’s political turmoil as well as Bangkok’s dark underbelly and subcultures, often risking his life to […]

Sacred Skin photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat signs copy for Roland Neveu

Photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat signs a copy of our new book Sacred Skin for Roland Neveu at a recent launch event at The Space in Bangkok.

Sacred Skin Book Launch at Kinokunya, Siam Paragon, Bangkok, on July 1st 2011

Aroon Thaewchatturat and Tom Vater will present their new book Sacred Skin at Kinokunya Book Shop in Siam Paragon in Bangkok on July 1st at 5pm. The authors will talk about Thailand´s sacred tattoos and sign copies of their book.

Aroon Thaewchatturat and Tom Vater interviewed on Sacred Skin by CNN!

“Achan Thoy [pictured above] is a highly respected Dabot Ruesi, a hermit sage of Hindu origin, known as a Rishi or Yogi in India, a man with the power to apply sacred and magic tattoos to a devotee’s skin,” says ‘Sacred Skin’ author Tom Vator. “He is a sak yant tattoo master.” Photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat […]

(Deutsch) In Heiligen Höhen – Leseprobe – Aus dem Leben der Anglo-Inder

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To the Source of the Ganges – Photobook by Aroon Thaewchatturat (Text: Tom Vater)

In July 2008, Aroon Thaewchatturat‘s new photo book, Zur Quelle des Ganges (A Journey to the Source of the Ganges), was published by Reise Know How Verlag in Germany. It looks great. I wrote the text. The book is the result of three months travel through the central Indian Himalaya in 2007, on foot, by […]