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Sacred Skin in Tattoo Extreme

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in News, Publications | No Comments

Wonderful 8 page spread in Tattoo Extreme of the December 2012 issue in Taiwan’s loved magazine vol. 56.

Tempatation – The Conqueror at Konark Festival

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in News | No Comments

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At a glance of the 23rd Konark Festival, Orissa, with a classical performance, a captivated dance with live music.

Kartik Purnima

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in News | No Comments

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Kartik Purnima, Lord Kartik Puja in Puri, Orissa, India to mark the beginning of winter and the puja for the lord of protection.

Tender – Thai Traditional Massage

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in News | No Comments

Tender” is the project I did for Bangkok Photography Workshop in 2007, organized by James Nachtwey and David Alan Harvey. The massages I observed did show some kind of pain but people who went through the process got out with lesser pain and seemed to be satisfied. I call this act “the pain of pleasure” and with this photo series I offer a glimpse of the art of traditional massage.

Welcome to Ubud – Join Sacred Skin’s Authors’ Presentation

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in News | No Comments

Ubud’s Calling!

Welcome everybody  to Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and indeed welcome everyone who is interested in Sacred Tattoos.

The authors of Sacred Skin Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos, Tom Vater and myself,  will have a multimedia presentation on history, myths and contemporary practice of Sacred Tattoos in Thailand.

Join us on October 6, 2012 at 19.00 hrs. at Bar Luna, Ubud, Bali.

Admission – Free


Read the reviews: TIME by Andrew MarshallBangkok Post by Ezra Erker, El Mundo by Javier Caballero, CNNGo by Gavin Nazareth, Tattoo Road Trip by Bob Baxter

Documentaries on ARTE France and Germany by Marc Eberle, Die Zeit By Meike Fries, Camera by Andreas Nebeling

For more reviews, interviews, please visit

Noir Nation Vol. 2 on Sacred Skin

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The Noir Nation Vol. 2, an eFormat magazine featuring Noir fiction and non fiction essays on tattoos, is out now, including an essay by Tom Vater on the recent book Sacred Skin Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos.

Find my interview at Wat Bang Phra Tattoo Festival, and Sacred Skin Book’s video here on Noir Nation‘s site

Sacred Skin on ARTE

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in News, Publications | No Comments

Sacred Skin–Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos  The ARTE documentary about Sacred Skin, my photo book (co-written with Tom Vater) on Thailand’s sacred tattoos is online now. Directed by Marc Eberle, featuring photographer James Nachtwey, tattoo master Achan Neng Onnut and the authors.

This short documentary was originally broadcast in France and Germany in September 2011.

Sacred Skin in Bookcase Programme, ASEAN TV

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in News, Publications | No Comments

First part of an interview with writer Tom Vater and myself for Bookcase, 30 May 2012, a show hosted by Manote Tripathi on ASEAN/Nation TV about Sacred Skin, is online now. Sacred Skin is the first English language book on Thailand’s sacred tattoos, sak yant.

Second part, 6 June 2012.

Dichan on Sacred Skin

Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 in News, Publications | No Comments
Syno Nym reviews Sacred Skin in Dichan, a bimonthly, one of Thailand’s longest running and best selling magazines, this month issue 15 June 2012.

Tom Vater, Sacred Skin’s author, presented the book at the 2nd Nepal International Tattoo Convention

Posted by on Apr 29, 2012 in News | No Comments

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Tom Vater brought Sacred Skin to Kathmandu, at the 2nd Nepal International Tattoo Convention, 27-29 April 2012.