Should I get a tattoo in Thailand?
Replies: 16 - Last Post: May 10, 2013 8:37 AM Last Post By: JJack
May 13, 2008 1:57 PM
Should I get a tattoo in Thailand?Hey, I am around the point of considering my first tattoo - an adventure in Thailand seems a good place to do this, and they are not expensive I imagine..
- How safe is getting a tattoo in Thailand in terms of infection intitially?
- After getting a tattoo, would it limit me in terms of going in jungles etc? If so, for how long? I'm planning to get it on my calf - I could always get it at the end of the trip..
- Can you recommend any places? I'm thinking of a white dragon down the back of my calf, as they are pretty traditional for Thailand..
May 13, 2008 3:10 PM
1to be fair... i would say no... sorry buddy.
Ive been electrocuted in thailand, ive had food poisoning, i got tied to a moving boat...
health and safety just aint good enough especially when they know customers wont be coming back with angry faces. In a country where electrics equal "you touch you die" and quite literally everything is "at ones own risk" its not worth getting some nasty infection in 30 degree heat.
sorry to ruin your day
May 13, 2008 5:08 PM
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May 13, 2008 8:02 PM
May 13, 2008 9:47 PM
6This question keeps popping up regularly. Last year, in September, the Kingston, Ontario, Canada health department had to notify about 200 customers of a tattoo and piercing parlour because a departmental check revealed unsanitary conditions.
If this can happen in Canada, it will happen in Thailand. Only, there is no health department running checks on Thai tattoo parlours. Christ, have you ever seen those old VW buses with long haired Thai ZZ Top or Rasta imitations in leather vests tattooing in the back?
Think about it: Do you know if the sterilization chemicals have been properly refrigerated and are not of inferior quality? Are you sure those used needles have been properly disposed of and have not been cleverly re-packaged and used again? Do you know for sure that the inks used are non-toxic and not some cheap Chinese imitations like the realistic looking Viagra and Cialis and Rolex and Breitling imitations ?
I got a chuckle out of post # 2 - "take a good look at the sterilization equipment and insist on...." ...rrright, if it looks good it must be sterile. Knowing the rather casual approach Thais take to maintenance in general with some mai pen rai thrown in for good measure - caveat emptor I say.
Whether or not a tattoo enhances your appearance is yours to decide - whatever floats your boat.
May 14, 2008 12:07 AM
7well tattoos are big business in places like kao san road. most of the studios there look pretty good(definitely avoid those vw bus types). i had some work done there a few years ago and it was really good(place was in the basement of the buddy lodge but dont know if its the same artist now) ive seen much worse things done in europe. definitely have it done on the end of your trip.
May 14, 2008 2:27 AM
8Why would you bother replying to the thred if all your going to do is say how horrible and thug like tattoo's are, if he wants to get a tattoo thats his choice, U must have a great life if you find the urge to reply to his thread bashing tattoo's,
Get over it mate its his body not yours, would you also give over weight people abuse because as far as im concered they mistreat there bodies and ruin them more than someone with a tatto
Mar 8, 2011 7:21 PM
OP, thanks for asking a legitimate question and putting up with some colourful comments.
Clearly, tattoos are not for everyone. But judgments and close-mindedness won't get you very far. It's totally fine to say that tattoos aren't for you or that you don't think it's a good choice.
What is on someone’s skin is no more telling of their socio-economic status or intelligence as any other physical characteristic. It's entirely not ok to post insults or judgments about anyone- regardless of their type of dress, adornment, race, gender or any other physical trait.
OP, there are safe places to get a tattoo everywhere in the world. This article might help.
Jul 31, 2012 10:23 PM
10There are good places and dodgy places wherever you go in the world. Thailand is no different.
Aug 1, 2012 10:12 PM
11Yep Thailand has some great tattoo artists, just make sure the euipment is clean and you will get a great tattoo at a bargain price.
Jan 26, 2013 12:29 AM
12@frankie_flowers: This is totally off topic but I can't find any way of contacting the responsible people for this forum. I tried to send a personal message to You but it was disabled.
My question is: When is the On Your Bike forum opening again. Why is LP not informing the users? This restructuring has gone on for moths now.
Mar 23, 2013 2:26 PM
May 10, 2013 4:13 AM
14In any case, avoid Tattoo (Body ART Tattoo) located un Khao Lak near Briza & Diamond Resorts.
Place is dirty and it is Very difficult go exchange with the owner unless you speak thaï.
No creation as you have to choose in a book then he will try to reproduce the picture with ouf added value.
The owner will ask some money in advance that you will never get back even if you are not satisfied.
Furthermore, he is pretending to have tattooed Angelina Joly but this is not the case.
Avoid this address !
(3 star Hotel)
From US$57.24 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$112.12 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$69.43 per night