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Wat Bang Phra – Thailand’s Tattoo Temple Revisited

Back in March, I guided a group of visitors to Thailand to the annual Wai Khru (Respect your teacher) at Wat Bang Phra temple, an hour west of Bangkok, the largest event celebrating all things sak yant, Thailand’s spirit tattoos, in the country. Great group, wonderful day. Thanks to Where Sidewalks End and Ian Ord. […]

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 […]

Great New Press for Sacred Skin – Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos

Sacred Skin – Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos, photographed by Aroon Thaewchatturat, gets a couple new plugs/ reviews. The Apsara Diaries write “The book ‘Scared Skin’ focuses on Thai devotees and the Wai Khru; a once a year gathering of tattooed devotes. The book gives you a clear, in-depth understanding of Yantra and its magic.” Over at […]

My Selection of Bangkok Festivals in The Daily Telegraph

In The Daily Telegraph this week: Our expert in Bangkok, Tom Vater, picks his favourite festivals in Thailand’s capital, from water fights to celebrations of light. Including Wai Kru at Wat Bang Phra, Thailand’s best known tattoo temple!!! Surely a first for The Daily Telegraph. Read it all here!

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tom Vater’s Beyond the Pancake Trench published by Orchid Press

‘ Vater’s observations on the human condition, as he experiences it firsthand along the less tourist-beaten paths of South and Southeast Asia, result in a no-holds-barred account of life in the region, distinctly as not described in the glossy brochures. Figuratively and at times literally far removed from the glittering urban centers and pampering resorts […]

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