In Thailand, everything is connected to Buddhist culture, including their traditional Sak Yant tattoos.
What is a Sak Yant tattoo?
Sak Yant tattoos are given by monks or masters and are believed to bestow mystical powers. They have become a combination of Buddhism and art. Modern Sak Yant tattoos that are improved by senior monks are said to offer benefits such as wealth, luck, power or charisma.
Vice Asia followed A Long, an amulet dealer from Guangzhou, to visit some Sak Yant masters, he then visited the annual Wai Khru ceremony which turned out to be crazier than a metal music festival. The Sak Yant tattoo wearers come to the ceremony annually to pay tribute to their masters, many of them got ‘possessed’ by deities and went on a rampage, it was really a hardcore scene to see.