So, you want a tattoo, but not sure where to go and get a tattoo in Thailand. You have only heard that Thailand produces some of the most refined tattoos in the market, but where do you start going to look for one? You may have noticed the Thais or even foreigners sporting a great looking tattoo somewhere on their body and wondered where they might have had it done. Well, Thailand is the right place to go and have one should you so happen to be visiting Thailand. Tattoos serve two purposes in Thailand, one for the adornment of the skin and the other for religious reasons.
The tattoo industry in Thailand does contribute a big part to the tourism industry of Thailand. One might also think it is unsafe to have a tattoo done in Thailand but on the contrary as they are very hygienic in their practice and do change needles from user to user. However off course prudence is better than ignorance and there is no harm in checking that they do change the needles. Tattoo parlors can be found anywhere in the city and in busy tourist places. If you are visiting Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Koh Samui or Chiang Mai, it is definite you will find a good choice of tattoo parlors available.
If you are in Bangkok, you can head out to Khaosan Road or Phat Pong near Silom where there are many such parlors available. The only difference is the designs offered and the pricing. There are also different techniques used to create a certain design, so that will have to depend on your preference. These are for non-religious tattoos and are available in any tattoo parlor.
Religious tattoos on the other hand have significance on the bearer of the tattoo. Most religious tattoos, also known as “Sak Yant” in Thai is available in a temple and initiated by the monks. Not every temple has this service and you will have to look for it. One such temple in Bangkok is the Wat
Pho Temple where they also have a school for traditional massage in Bangkok. Please be aware that these tattoos are mostly for men and those who are ordained as monks. Rarely will a monk perform such tattoos for women, but there are also some who would do it only by special request. These tattoos are normally in the form of Buddhist scripts, icons, or charms. They are to protect the bearer, strengthen his faith in the proses of being ordained or to provide a specific charm if he is a temple devotee such as those who perform incredible feats as Ma Songs during the Vegetarian Week Festivals in Thailand. As the Thais are a superstitious lot, they also have religious tattoos on their bodies as spiritual charms to ward off evil and mediums will normally have a few somewhere about their body as protection! The bearer of these tattoos can invoke the power of the scripture or charm and go into a trance like state. Therefore, these tattoos are not normally done for you unless you have a specific religious purpose. Lately the Thai Government has imposed a restriction on religious tattoos as they feel it was being exploited so temples are more cautious as to who they make these tattoos for.
Aside from that, all other tattoos are available easily in the market. If you are looking for one to commemorate a special reason, to declare your love or just be drunk and silly enough to get one done but regret it the next day, you will have no difficulty in finding one while in Thailand!