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Sacred Skin – Second edition, 8 years in print

Sacred Skin -Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos by Tom Vater and Aroon Thaewchatturat, published by Hong Kong imprint Visionary World, was first published 8 years ago. The highly acclaimed best-selling title, currently in its second edition, garnered more than thirty reviews, including a three page spread in TIME Magazine. Sacred tattoos, called ‘sak yant’ in Thailand, have […]

Figures Libres – A Tattoo Book Classic

I just finished translating Figures Libres, an incredible book that documents how tattoos morphed from back alley subculture to global pop culture. Published by Noir Meduse, Figures Libres features crazily beautiful portraits by Dom Pichard aka P-mod & a colorful round-the-world-to-follow-the-needle essay by Laure Siegel. Figures Libres is out in September in French and English. […]

ATC Books publishes host of tattoo stories, including Chris Roy – The Death Row Tattooist

The market for good print stories is getting smaller all the time. Especially for off the wall, niche or sub-cultural stuff. So it’s great to see some of my recent work published specially to be read on smart phones. Almost everyone has one and there’s more to life than Candy Crush. ATC Tattoo Books have […]

Tattoo Reportage at ATC Tattoo

Some of my tattoo reportage, especially work I did in India with Laure Siegel, is now available as a smart phone app (who said I was not a technology savvy cutting edge content generator?), both in French and English. ‘ Take a look at the amazing tattoo related material on offer  at ATC Tattoo.

The next best thing to a sacred tattoo – Sacred Skin

The holidays are almost upon us, we’ve burnt another year into oblivion. The end of the year is a great time to focus the mind and spend some moments in silent contemplation. A Sak Yant, a sacred tattoo from Thailand, certainly helps. Many ancient Thai tattoos are in fact diagrams designed for meditation. But if […]

Rise Tattoo goes to India

                                                    The brand new edition(#46) of Rise Tattoo, available at all good newsagents in France at present, features 16 pages on India by Laure Siegel and myself. We look at […]

My Rumble In The Jungle – Getting Tattooed In An Iban Village in Borneo

                  I have just published a guest post on The Next Best Book Blog on how I got tattooed in Borneo.   I was in the jungle in Borneo, somewhere, a day’s travel from Kuching – first by car, then by boat up a Conradian river, to […]

The Man with the Golden Mind reviewed at The Dorset Book Detective

                          “Quintessentially this exhilarating read incorporates everything from lies and deception through to sex, betrayal and death, offering the reader an exercise in edge of your seat action combined with strong storytelling and believable characterisation.” The Man with the Golden Mind, the second […]

Sacred Skin – Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos in Abenteuer & Reisen, Germany

Germany’s Abenteuer und Reisen Magazine ran an eight page story on Sak Yant and my book Sacred Skin – Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos – last month. Turned out pretty good. Text by myself. Photographs by Aroon Thaewchatturat.

Steven Seagal loves Sak Yant…and Sacred Skin

A copy of Sacred Skin has found its way into the hands of action actor and martial arts wizard Steven Seagal, via the incredible Sak Yant master Arjanneng Onnut Sakyant!

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