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by: The Beat Asia
The debate about tattoo as an art persists but compared to the past years, the stigma seems to be less evident today especially for the younger generation. Tattoos are more than a trend and considered as spiritual protection in Thailand.
A friendly reminder to do your research before getting a tattoo especially when it’s related to Buddhism or any religion. In Thai culture, it is deemed offensive and a form of blasphemy to have this kind of tattoo
because the teachings of Buddha are deeply sacred that deserve high respect and must not be repurposed to ride on a trend.
Nevertheless, you can still have other designs inked on you to express devotion to Buddhism. Whether you need some touch-up or a second tattoo perhaps, there are many tattoo studios in Bangkok worth checking out.
Common Ground Tattoo
One of the highly recommended tattoo studios in Bangkok is Common Ground Tattoo, a former vintage Chinese shop turned into a tattoo studio. Despite the studio’s refurbishment, it maintains its ancient vibe as antiques and classic home furnishings deck the place.
The studio is manned by a group of international artists who have different styles in tattooing intricate and custom designs such as Japanese creatures, animals, anime characters, and family portraits.
Aside from their resident artists, Common Ground Tattoo also welcomes guest tattooists to share their amazing talents and knowledge as artists. They are open daily from 11 AM to 9 PM.
Location: 300 Rimklongsatorn Rd, Bang Rak, Bangko
Located in the hippy neighborhood of Siam Square, Inkception is composed of five artists with a flair to turn simple lines and cute doodles into vivid and lively designs inspired by Japanese and Western arts. They are open every day from 2 PM to 10 PM only.
Location: Wang Mai, Pathum Wan Bangkok
Mimp Tattoo Studio
Mimp is an award-winning tattoo studio in Bangkok, boasting of at least 10 awards from different categories. Since 2004, owner Jim has been passionate about the art of tattooing, pushing him to open his own tattoo parlor. Until now, he continues to motivate and help other tattoo artists to perfect their craft.
The artists of Mimp Tattoo Studio are experts in Thai and Japanese designs. The shop has a notably wide space for their customers and a special room for sanitizing their tools and equipment. Opening hours start at 10 AM and end at 10 PM.
Location: 21/64 Block C, Soi Soonvijai Rama 9, Bangkapi, Bangkok
Sak Lai Tattoo Studio by Poo & Leck
Originally based in New York, U.S., Sak Lai Studio prioritizes cleanliness and hygiene for customers by using sterilizer machines similar in hospitals.
This tattoo studio in Bangkok is founded by couple Leck and Poo in 1997. They mastered tattooing back in New York.
In 1999, they decided to move back to Thailand and continue working for their tattoo studio. The price starts at THB1,500 depending on the size and difficulty of the design. The studio is open every Monday to Saturday, 12 PM to 7 PM.
Location: 45 Ekkamai 2 Alley
Wat Bang Phra (Sak Yant Tattoos)
Wat Bang Phra is no stranger in the tattoo industry in Bangkok. It is one of the most sought-after places to get a tattoo administered by the monks who live in Buddhist temples.
Don’t fret because they are also certified tattoo artists who practiced traditional tattooing in Thailand called the Sak Yants, where they use 18-inch needles split at the end.
The design is referred to as the Gao Yord Yant or 9 Spires Yant tattooed usually on the nape. It is believed to protect you and bring good luck as the number nine is important in Buddhism.
Be reminded that flash photography and video recording are strictly not allowed during the session.
Location: Wat Bang Phra Temple, Nakhon Chai Si, Nakhon Pathom
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