Many people come to Thailand specifically to get a tattoo! Here on Koh Phangan there are many talented artists for you to chose from too.
So why do people chose Thailand for its tattoo art and artists? That is because Thailand has a deep history with the art of tattooing and is especially know for its Holy Sak Yant.
Sak Yant or Yantra tattooing, is a form of tattooing that originated in ancient Cambodia, but sadly almost completely vanished supposedly due to the civil war.
The symbols are magical ancient Khmer scripts that serves to protect and bring luck to the bearer. It is practiced in Southeast Asian countries including Thailand. Also Chinese Buddhists in Singapore have taken the Holy art into heart.
The culture of Sak Yant holy tattoos also gained interest in popularity, bringing a spiritual aspect to travellers tattoo collections, however, these are especially sacred and should still be respected for what they are rather than just a ‘sign of a visit to Thailand’ tattoo, research should be done into Sak Yant and remember also that images of the Buddha should also be treated with the highest respect when it comes to tattooing.
Here on Koh Phangan if you want an authentic Sak Yant you should go to Triangle Ink, you can read more here.
Artists on Koh Phangan range in style from traditional to modern with each having their own approach and characteristics which will suit different individuals.
This is why it is so important to look around and find the right tattooist for you, one may be good for one person but not for what you want, it really helps to go around and meet the artists, see their work and style and then decide.
Tattoo shops can be found all over the island in pretty much all areas such as Haad Rin, Baan Tai, Thong Sala, Haad Yao and the North. It is best to find a registered shop as you will know it will have a standard of cleanliness that you won't find when someone is working out of their house, which also could be illegal depending on where they're from.
Some things to consider when planning your tattoo here,
Remember it is for life, think twice about drunken ideas and don’t do when drunk!
Check cleanliness of studios
Look at the artist's` previous work - see if it suits your style
Ask friends or other travellers
Talk to the artists, see who makes you feel most comfortable
Don’t be lazy and be patient when planning the artwork
Tell the artist if you are not happy with the design or drawing and ask questions
Please enjoy our Tattoo section here on Phanganist with videos, photos and written information on some of the tattoo artists and sudios here.