Yantra tattooing, also called sak yant, is practiced in Southeast Asian countries including Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. The practice has also begun to grow in popularity among Chinese Buddhists in Singapore. Sak yant designs are normally tattooed by Ruesi, wicha (magic) practitioners, and Buddhist monks. Yantra tattoos are believed to bestow mystical powers, protection, or good luck.
The Sak Yant tattoo is an ancient and sacred tradition in Thailand and it is said to contain magic incantations that protect and benefit the wearer. Many people go to Thailand for a Sak Yant and come away with a simple bamboo tattoo from a shop or risk a dirty needle at one of the temples. We researched and found a way to get a traditional and hygenic Sak Yant in Thailand. Click through for our story.