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When tattoo culture meets politics – Tamil Nadu – Nikkei Asian Review

Usually a matter of choice, Indian state takes political tattoos to new level. Check out my new feature, with Laure Siegel, on one of India’s enduring personality cults. For decades, the followers of six times state minister and recently deceased Jayalalithaa Jayaram, have been wearing their political idol’s face on their skins, acquired in mass […]

Pangrok Sulap – The Ranau Art Collective in Borneo – in RISE TATTOO Magazine

Pangrok Sulap – The Ranau Art Collective in the shadow of Mount Kinabalu. Text by Laure Siegel, photos by me, for Rise Tattoo Magazine, part of the French publication’s coverage of tattoo culture in Borneo.  

Tom Vater interviewed by Donald Gilliland

I have just been interviewed by Donald Gilliland, owner of Dasa Book Cafe, Bangkok’s best second hand bookshop, for his popular blog Garlic Never Sleeps. I answer questions about the life of a writer working in Asia, about past publications and my new book Sacred Skin, and also talk about some of my other (music) […]

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