Traditional Tattoo Master Awaits

The quirky beachside resort The Slate, which blends the natural beauty of Phuket with the industrial echoes of its tin mining past, has welcomed Ajarn Boo Bangphra, a famous Sak Yant Thai tattoo artist to the resort for an exclusive three-month residency.


The Slate understands that today’s modern luxury travellers are searching for transformative encounters and learning moments that broaden their outlook on life. It takes pride in introducing guests to authentic local activities such as Muay Thai boxing, Thai massage and local cooking classes to mention but a few.


Ajarn Boo’s residency at The Slate will run until 10th April 2020 and guests have the unique opportunity to book a private session with this legendary tattoo master. All sessions will be hosted at the Coqoon Spa, The Slate’s serene wellness centre which is woven into the tropical landscape. Celebrity customers who feature Ajarn Boo’s work on their bodies include Derrick Rose, the NBA basketball star, as well as famous Thai film stars such as Nadech Kugimiya and Attapanyapol Poolaphat.


Ajarn Boo with his khem sak tattoo instrument.


Sak Yant is an ancient practice that dates back thousands of years and is an intrinsic element of Buddhist culture. It is more than just body art; it is rooted in the religious and cultural heritage of Thailand. Each design focuses on prayers, symbols and geometric patterns, which help to protect and bestow good fortune upon the wearer.


Due to their deeply spiritual connotations, these tattoos can only be inked by Buddhist monks. Ajarn Boo served as a novice monk at Wat Bang Phra temple in Nakhon Chaisi, Nakhon Pathom province, where he learned his craft from Ajarn Somchai, one of the most celebrated tattoo masters of the 20th Century. With extraordinary dedication and considerable natural talent, Ajarn Boo rose to become a master in his own right.


Ajarn Boo has gained a global following for his intricate and auspicious body art. Each tattoo is inked by hand in the time-honoured technique, using a khem sak – a long wooden stick tipped with a stylus. Guests can choose from a large selection of designs including more than 20 famous patterns, to ensure that they receive the personalised symbols that best suit their identity.


At the end of the creative process, the artist recites a chant, blows good luck on to the tattoo, lays a piece of gold leaf on the skin and showers the design with water. This promises an intensely spiritual experience and the perfect way for guests to commemorate their life-changing adventure in Asia.


Two customers sport their personalised fresh ink.


“It is an honour and a privilege to have Ajarn Boo reside with us and showcase his skill at The Slate. One of the world’s leading tattooists, he creates truly exquisite designs that help to preserve an ancient Thai tradition and passes it down to future generations. We are delighted to give our guests the rare opportunity to adorn their bodies with Ajarn Boo’s work. Travel is a profoundly personal journey that expands our minds and stays in our souls forever; Ajarn Boo’s body art will give our guests a beautiful memento of their time in Thailand that they will be able to treasure forever,” said Krystal Prakaikaew Na-Ranong, Managing Director at The Slate.


Tattoo prices start from Bt10,000 depending on the size and complexity of the design. To book your tattoo session, contact +66 (0) 7632-7066 and quote Ajarn Boo or simply click here.

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