Thai Tattoo, part 1

Posted: July 7, 2013 in Brussels, Photography
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[music: Pink Floyd]

Last week, I was invited to the Sak Yant (traditional thai) inking of a friend of mine. A Sak Yant is a prayer in the form of a tattoo that has powers of protection or good-luck that can be activated by a Buddhist Monk. In Brussels, you can have the activation done at the Wat Thai Dhammaram.

We met in the centre and headed to meet the only recognised Sak Yant Artist in Europe,  Pat Dee Wan at Ritual Tattoo.

After taking Pat’s dog our for a walk, we were ushered upstairs into his studio as he was finishing up with a young vietnamese man from Paris. We chatted with the young man and his friends while Pat finished up and gave some advice on what to visit before they headed back to Paris; most of Pat’s customers come from around Europe.

After a quick break, Pat got started and I spent the next 3 hours chatting with Pat about tattoos, baseball, and snakes… …and taking photos.

250 photos later we shook hands and I promised to think about close-up snake photography.

Here’s a montage of Tattoo #1; more pictures coming soon.

The Tattoo


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