It was about this time last year that I got my first bamboo tattoo done in Thailand – a traditional Sak Yant 5 Lines design down my ribs. It’s not the first travel tattoo I’ve had done – in fact I’ve racked up a few. I got the shipwreck surf spot from Byron Bay on the back of my right leg (the spot where I smashed my face up on my surfboard!), a surfer on my stomach done in Spain (not my best decision!) and even got my website logo done whilst in Peru!
I definitely prefer getting my ink done the bamboo way – it’s heaps less painful and without the buzz of a machine the vibe is just, well, much more relaxed and nice!
I’ve been swelling over some new designs a lot recently so when I was speaking to a fellow diver down in Khao Lak earlier last month and noticed his awesome sleeve design I enquired a bit more. Turns out it was fully done by bamboo and the artist was in Khao Lak. Out of curiosity I got him to point me in the direction the place and got chatting with the Thai artist about designs.
A few days later I went back and was stoked with the design he produced – a compass to represent my life on the road – and booked an appointment. When Stephen from a Backpackers Tale came along he decided to get his first sleeve started with a world map around his arm…so we bought some beers, cracked on some reggae tunes and let the bamboo get to work.
Since I’ve written about the experience before in my first bamboo tattoo post I’ve decided simply to present this one in pictures…
Cheers to the guys at Top Tattoo in Khao Lak for the awesome ink session. Both my compass (including design) and Stephens map outline took around 1.5 hours and set us back 1,500 baht each – roughly £30. An absolute bargain given the skill doing it via bamboo and quality of the final ink.
If you’re looking to get one of the traditional Sak Yant Tattoos in Thailand check out this Bamboo Tattoo Tour which provides a safe, authentic experience.
Any of you guys got some awesome tattoos on the road or any done with bamboo?