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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Im Tempel der tätowierenden Mönche im ORF30 Minutes of Sacred Skin on Austrian radio!!!

In ein thailändisches Kloster, ins Wat Bang Phra, kommen Gläubige, um sich tätowieren zu lassen. Buddhistische Mönche übertragen mit den heiligen Tätowierungen spirituelle Kräfte. Dem Volksglauben nach mobilisieren diese magischen Tatoos verborgene Energien. Ernst Weber besuchte vor einigen Jahren das Kloster mit dem deutschen Schriftsteller Tom Vater und dessen Frau Aroon. Aroon Thaewchatturat ist Ethnobotanikerin […]

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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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UBUD Writers & Readers Festival Diary by Aroon Thaewchatturat

This week, I am at the UBUD Writers and Readers Festival in Bali to present my books Sacred Skin (with co-author and photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat, published by Visionary World) and The Cambodian Book of the  Dead (published by Crime Wave Press). I will also be taking part in several panel discussions. Owner of Visionary World […]

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