In Thailand, all tattoos are sacred. You can get any tattoo you want, and go to a monk to have it blessed. The monks themselves have many tattoos painted on their bodies.
But nothing is more blessed than the Sak Yant. If I ever get a tattoo, I would get one of these. I just haven’t found something with enough meaning to have my body altered forever.
Here’s my posting about it:
“For tattoo lovers. Sak Yant is the sacred traditional Thai tattoo, made with a bamboo stick, performed and blessed by a monk. In its most pure form, the tattoo design is chosen by the monk from a series of traditional designs, and the spot of the tattoo as well, according to the way he feels your energy. All designs have sacred meanings, like protection, power, love, etc. and the purpose of the tattoo is to enhance your being with such qualities. The monk will also possibly give you some specific sacred mission to accomplish for the tattoo to have the strongest impact. Something like come back at this temple one year from now and perform this deed, whatever, some kind of spiritual mission. The fee is by donation.
In other more commercial forms of Sak Yant you can choose the design and the location on your body.
Or alternatively you can have any tattoo done by a tattoo artist, and go to a temple to have it blessed by a monk.
I am not into tattoos, but I would get a Sak Yant if I ever change my mind. In the meantime, I’m trying to find someone who wants one, so I can accompany them for the sake of the ritual.
None of these pics are taken by me, just downloaded from the net. I have not been to such temple, maybe next time around.”