When I was living in the UK I was never one for tattoos, they never appealed to me as I could never understand the meaning, but obviously they meant a lot to the many people who have them and I respect them for that. When I had been living in Chiangmai for a year or so I had read a lot about the area where I live and also about Thai culture, I was already a Buddhist and so i decided to try and find a monk who could give me a Sak Yant (Sacred Tattoo). This was no easy task and it took me another two years of searching to find the monk who granted me the Sak Yant that I have today. The funny thing is he was in a temple about 10km away from where I live. I believe in the blessings, good fortune and attributes that they can bestow.
Sak Yant are done in a traditional manner with a rod about two feet long with a steel tip. I went to Wat Nong Kaem to meet Kruba Gamtawn, I wanted to ask him a single Sak Yant but ended up having 3 Tattoos done. Over the next year I have added more Sak Yant to my back and I now have had a total of 8 tattoos done by him. The best thing about the tattoos besides being done in the traditional way is that they are all done in the traditional Lanna script as opposed to the Khymer script normally used in Sak yant. Sadly Kruba Gamtawn passed away in 2010, but I will forever carry his skill and blessings.
Just recently I had added another Sak yant by another Monk. If you are reading this and are planning on visiting Chiangmai or if you are already living in Chiangmai and wish to receive a Sak Yant tattoo then please contact me and I will help with arrangements.