Tattoos in Thailand
Replies: 23 - Last Post: Mar 23, 2013 8:12 AM Last Post By: dreamsignals86
Mar 15, 2013 8:07 PM
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Mar 15, 2013 9:02 PM
2Not sure if it's an issue, if it was how would any of the bar girls ever be able to go to the temples?
On the subject of tattoos has anyone noticed the increasing amount of 'normal' girls (i.e. non bar girls who have traditionally been the ones with tattoos) who have them? Seems to be the in thing among a lot of 'alternative' and 'arty' girls??
Mar 15, 2013 9:52 PM
3If they are Buddha images cover them everywhere you go.
There is nothing wrong with having a Buddha tattoo. Most Thais would probably like it. Hence, sak yant. I agree that nudes would be the only ones you'd have to cover up in a temple.
Tattoos are considered a very normal practice in Thailand both as spiritual (sak yant), and now fashion. Both men and women get them.
#2: even in small villages, a lot of old women have tattoos. But, hipsterdom has come to Thailand and there are more arty and non traditional tattoos with young normal women.
Mar 16, 2013 4:25 AM
4#3 that is quite incorrect. Sak yant are not Buddha images. They are (supposedly) sacred tattoos or tattoos that bestow powers but they contain no Buddha images, just things like tigers and phrases in languages Thai people can't read.
It is considered rather disrespectful to have a Buddha tattoo since it inevitably ends up placing the Buddha image at some low position or in an inappropriate place, depending on the position you are in or where you are.
Mar 16, 2013 4:29 AM
Mar 16, 2013 5:15 AM
6Yeah, the issue is that you normally treat Buddha images as if they were the Buddha himself. They aren't, of course, but just as a sign of respect you treat them that way. So you don't want to do things that are disrepectful in their presence. Since renunciants, which the Buddha was the ultimate, have renounced things that cause wordly attachments you don't do things in their presence that inspire such attachments. For example, when you go for a romp with your significant other it is pretty hard to avoid doing it in front of a Buddha image if it is tattooed on your body. One can envision many other scenarios: Want to train Muay Thai? Got a Buddha tattoo on your chest? You won't be ablel to get a fight since nobody is going to put their foot on or above that tattoo.
Mar 16, 2013 8:36 PM
Mar 16, 2013 11:48 PM
8Remember there was a buzz about Buddha tattoos on foreigners a couple years ago. Just don't get one on your bum or foot.
Mar 17, 2013 3:38 AM
9I seem to recall a story about a westerner who had a Buddha tattoo on his calf. Can't remember the details, something about him commenting on a forum somewhere that he was getting a bit of grief during his visit to Thailand. Yeah, the calf is pretty low. A Buddha tattoo down there is sure to raise some eyebrows.
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