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Aroon Thaewchatturat talks about Sacred Skin @ The.Me

“I tried to capture not just the devotees’ tattoos but who they were. My models were rather shy at first. Most of them were male and taking their clothes off for a female photographer was definitely a challenge for them. But after I had taken a few shots, their confidence increased and they conveyed a […]

It’s a Hard Road to The Cambodian Book of the Dead!!!

Advanced reading copies from Exhibit A Books. Chuffed. Quite moved. Quite indescribable feeling… Detective Maier is on his way…. into hell and back….and a book shop near you!!!

Sacred Tattoos and Secret Lifestyles

Last month, we had a visit from veteran tattooist Bruce Bart and his wife Jennifer. They were on an Asian road trip and were looking for a tattoo master in Thailand. Their search, quite an adventure, eventually led them to Sacred Skin and to the house I share with my wife, photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat. This […]

Sacred Skin Reviewed by 60 Minutes Producer Danny Keens!!!

Sacred Skin receives a great review from Danny Keens, Producer of 60 Minutes, on Amazon. Wonderful!!! When I stumbled upon this print collaboration between author Tom Vater and photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat I was taken completely by surprised and totally mesmerized. You see, I’m not the sort of person who would have considered a tattoo and […]

A Return of The Illustrated Kill Convention – Sak Yant Reloaded in The Orissa Post

The Orissa Post in India has rerun my very first story on Thailand’s sacred tattoos. The Illustrated Kill Convention originally ran in The Fortean Times (amazingly that story is still online but the first paragraphs are missing, eating by time or digital weasels, one assumes) in the UK in 2003 and subsequently in, dare I […]

The new CityTrip Angkor Wat (German Language) has arrived!!!

Excellent promo shot by Aroon Thaewchatturat!!! who also took the pictures in this guide to the Khmer ruins. Published in November 2012.

Sacred Skin in 8 Page Spread in Taiwan Tattoo Magazine

Taiwan’s tattoo magazine Extreme Tattoo featured an 8 page spread on Sacred Skin in its December Issue!!! The spread includes many images from the book and an interview with photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat. Sacred tattoos, called sak yant in Thailand, have been around Southeast Asia for centuries and afford protection from accident, misfortune, and crime. Young […]

Sacred Skin second edition a bestseller in Thailand!!!

Sacred Skin, the first English language book on Thailand’s spirit tattoos continues to sell well. Photographed by Aroon Thaewchatturat and written by myself, the book was originally published in July 2011. Copies of the book’s second edition, hot off the press, are out now, as Australian journalist Flip Prior noticed while out shopping in Bangkok […]

30 Minutes of Sacred Skin on Austrian radio!!!

German speaking Sak Yant lovers!!!! Authors Aroon Thaewchatturat and Tom Vater are featured in a radio special on Austrian radio (ORF) on December 23rd at 10.05am, recorded at Wat Bang Phra in Thailand by veteran Austrian journalist Ernst Weber. Scroll down the page for details.

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. […]

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