The other day I was searching and searching for wifi, but no place was open or the guesthouses were charging too much. As a last ditch effort, I walked into “X” guesthouse and asked the receptionist if they had WIFI. She replied, “yes, what is your room number?”. I just mumbled something and played dumb . . . it worked, she scribbled down the code and held it up to me, so I grabbed it and bolted before she changed her mind. I found a table, and before my butt hit the seat my laptop was open and I was inputting the code. I didn’t know how long I had before someone would bust me. A waitress came over and asked me if I was going to eat, so just to make things look normal I said, “Sure, I’ll take a fruit salad and a papaya lassi.” She then asked, “What’s your room number?”. That dreaded question again! This time I said, “Checked – out, I’ll pay after.” Once again my strategy worked, but for how long?
While I was checking all my emails at the speed of lightening, this guy walked by my table and took a double - take. He the said, “Ahhh . . . you gotta lotta tattoos”. We started talking about tats and the sacred Tattoos called Sak Yant that the monks give in Wat Bang Phra. It turned out that he was a tattoo artist and had a shop on the same street. He told me to stop by and check out his work when I was done surfing.
A day later . . . I went and check out his work and saw him in action giving a girl a tat, and was really impressed. He had a pretty interesting story: His parents both were in tattoo business, so he’s been around tats his whole life.He’s worked all over the world including the states (Florida and Texas), in such countries as: France, Italy, Korea, and Japan. Just last year when he had a shop on Khao San Road Bangkok, he won the MBK international tattoo contest. Now, he has his shop in Kanchana Buri, which is his hometown.
After much thought, I decided to get another tat. So we set up a time and I went in for a long 8 hours, the last two of which were the most excruciatingly painful. I had many ideas for tats and was having a hard time choosing one, although it became a little easier after my ideas were shot down due to my extreme budget. I told him I needed some more time to decide, I needed to go back to my room and meditate on it. I said I’de be back a few hours later with a design. Long story short, while meditating I saw a bunch nagas around me, so that was what I went with for my design. I used a picture I took of the doors of the Wat Phra Khaew temple in the palace in BKK. Here are some pics of the final product. I know some people might be weary about getting tats in other countries, but trust me, I'm a very picky person and most family and friends consider me a neat freak. Job's shop was immaculate and dust free, and all needles were brand new out of the package - I made especially sure of this. If anyone's interested in a good, professional tat, I would recommend this guy (Thong, AKA Job, Khlun). Contact: 14 soi china
River Kwai Rd.
Kanchan Buri, Thailand
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