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Sacred Skin in Bangkok 101 Magazine

Bangkok 101, the Thai capital’s city magazine features Sacred Skin in its December issue. Writer Tom Vater and photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat spent a year researching the history and practices behind sak yant, Thailand’s centuries old sacred tattoo tradition. The result was Sacred Skin: a 200-page book packed with over 170 colour photos and insightful text. […]

Sacred Skin at the Bangkok Literary Festival in 2011

A short film shot by Hans Kemp of Visionary World and Crime Wave Press of a talk I gave in May 2011 about my then forthcoming book Sacred Skin, co-authored with Aroon Thaewchatturat, and published by Visionary World in July 2011. The talk took place at the first Bangkok Literary Festival at the Neilson Hayes […]

Sacred Skin of Indonesia

Photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat and myself will be giving a talk on Thailand’s sacred tattoos, sak yant, in Bali at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival next week. We will be presenting our recently published book Sacred Skin on October 6th at Bar Luna, Jl. Gootama at 7pm. Here’s a great article on Indonesia‘s long and […]

Sacred Skin’s Aroon Thaewchatturat in Noir Nation

Just in time for our appearance at the UBUD Writers and Readers Festival in Bali, Noir Nation posts a short film interview with photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat on Sacred Skin, the first English language book on Thailand’s spirit tattoos, Sak Yant. Watch the clip here!   Watch it here!

Sacred Skin in Noir Nation Vol. 2

The excellent Noir Nation Vol. 2, an eFormat magazine featuring of course Noir fiction and non fiction essays on tattoos, is out now, including an essay pillaged from my recent book Sacred Skin. It’s yours for 10 bucks! Here’s the amazon link!

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 […]

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.

Sacred Skin – Airport Reading!

Airports in Ko Samui, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh all continue to stock Sacred Skin prominently. The first illustrated Sak Yant book in English featuring detailed portraits of masters and devotees paired with an insightful text. Described in TIME as a book that “… will further popularize a centuries-old tradition.” Sacred tattoos, […]

Presenting Sacred Skin on ASEAN TV/Nation TV – Bookcase goes Sak Yant! Part 2

Part 2 of Bookcase, a program broadcast by ASEAN TV/Nation TV is now online, featuring photographer and co-author Aroon Thaewchatturat and myself talking about our book Sacred Skin, the first English language title on Thailand’s sacred tattoos. Watch Part 2 here! Watch Part 1 here! Photograph taken at Backstreet Books, Chiang Mai.

Sacred Skin on ASEAN TV’s Bookcase Part 1 – Online Now!

Thai journalist Manote Thripati recently interviewed photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat and myself on Bookcase, a show on ASEAN TV, about our book Sacred Skin, the first English language book on Thailand’s spirit tattoos which has become a regional bestseller since its publication last year. The first part of the program is online now and can be […]