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Sacred Skin – A behind the scenes short video by Hans Kemp – Music By Keith Nolan

Check out this new short film by photographer Hans Kemp on sak yant, Thailand’s sacred tattoos. Music by Keith Nolan. TIME Magazine Review (Asia Edition) Luck of the Draw By Andrew Marshall Monday, May 23 Read more: time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2071020,00.html#ixzz1MpMZ1QpH The introduction to Sacred Skin, Tom Vater and Aroon Thaewchatturat’s new tribute to Thailand’s sak yant, or […]

A State of Trance – Khong Khuen – Thailand´s Sacred Tattoos on Youtube

Visionary World Publisher Hans Kemp has created a short film on Khong Khuen, the trance state entered by Sak Yant (Thai Spirit Tattoos) devotees at the anual Wai Khru festival at Wat Bang Phra, a Buddhist temple west of Bangkok, last month. Watch and marvel and travel to the very heart of Thai culture, far […]

From the Archives: Wai Khru Day – The Wat Bang Phra Tattoo Festival in Thailand

Every year in March, thousands of Buddhist devotees gather at a temple an hour west of Bangkok to worship and celebrate one of Thailand’s strangest cults: At Wat Bang Phra, Buddhist monks use long needles to tattoo magic images and prayers on the believers’ skin. The tattoos are believed to give the wearer protection, especially […]

Tom Vater on Thailand’s Full Moon Parties

Tom Vater’s take on the legendary Full Moon Party, a monthly open-air dance event on the tourist island of Ko Phangan in Thailand has been published by the South Eastern Globe. Unfortunately, the magazine’s website crashed….so here’s the full text… The Bucket People – Full Moon Party Ko Phang Ngan, Thailand “I am a cat,” the girl […]

From the Archives: Tom Vater on the Wat Bang Phra Tattoo Festival in Thailand

Every year in March, thousands of Buddhist devotees gather at a temple an hour west of Bangkok to worship and celebrate one of Thailand’s strangest cults: At Wat Bang Phra, Buddhist monks use long needles to tattoo magic images and prayers on the believers’ skin. The tattoos are believed to give the wearer protection, especially […]

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