Getting tattooed abroad?

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Saturday December 4th, 2010 @ 10:34 AM

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I hope you can give me some advice, me and my boyfriend are planning on taking a holiday in Thailand next year, and part of that is because we want to get some proper traditional hand-poked tattoos while we are there. But how do we go about it? We haven’t booked it yet because we don’t know if there is certain areas of Thailand that are more prominent for the tattooing scene, or if its an all round thing. And I’m guessing we can’t really research studios… how do we know where is a good place? Do people normally choose a place before they go or do they find something when they get there? Do they actually work out of studios or will it be a little man in a hut? We just don’t know where to start!!

Any help or advice would be brilliant!

Love Hetty

Most of the studios I’ve seen in Thailand use modern tattoo machines, but the temples do the sak yant hand-tapped tattoos. I’m not at all an expert on getting tattooed in Thailand, the person to ask is probably Ron Garza orJohn Durante. I did find about forty billion relevant links from Googling “Thailand tattooing monks”, heh.

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3 Responses to “Getting tattooed abroad?”

  1. how do you clean lower back dermals?

    Samantha on March 13th, 2011 at 5:43 pm
  2. I just got my first tattoo today, in a foreign country (I’m American, in Ireland). I’d recommend you wait till you’re in the country and then look around. I visited about 10 shops before deciding on the one I finally chose. The internet is no substitute for the feeling of a place.

    Jenn on July 28th, 2011 at 6:01 pm
  3. Youve probably been by now, but if it helps….! I have had bamboo tattoos on two occasions in Bangkok. The first was 2009, back when they still used a length of bamboo with the needles bound in to the end. The second was last October, at the studio I had previously used and where they have started using a metal tube arrangement instead of bamboo, for hygiene purposes. The needle arrangement and technique remains original to the bamboo way. The studio is Up 2 U Tattoo on Khao San Rd. I dont know if they have a website but they have a FaceBook page (Tatt Khoa San). I think they only have one bambooist who works across the various studios they have but booking just one day in advance with a deposit usually works. Not sure if youre UK resident, but if so, the Bamboo Rooms in Shipley have a registered bambooist, a Thai guy who trained in monasteries in the art. I’ve had work by him too and can highly recommend also.

    Kirst on January 16th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

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