For-real skin job: Thailand’s tattoo festival

Click on the tattoo for the slide show

Thailand is notorious for its range of arcane festivals. But one of the strangest is the tattoo honouring ceremony held each March at Wat Bang Phra temple about 50 miles west of Bangkok near the town of Nakhon Chai Si.

2 thoughts on “For-real skin job: Thailand’s tattoo festival

  1. K B says:

    The devotees are in fact undergoing what they believe to be a form of possession by the animal spirits inculcated into their tattoos. Some are very clearly monkeys

    I’d fit right in I guess. I often feel as if my body has been possessed by a human animal– me.

  2. Liz says:

    I’ve always wanted to go to this festival. Those tattoos are so amazing and I really want one. One problem, I don’t know if they allow women to get inked at this festival. Do you know? Have you been?

    If I can’t, that really screws up my book plans.


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