When it comes to getting a sak yant tattoo in Chiang Mai there are two clear cut options: Sak Yant Chiang Mai and us, Panumart Tattoo. If you cherish authenticity you should visit them. But if getting a higher quality, better-looking tattoo is more important to you, then you should visit us.
Where to Get a Sak Yant Tattoo in Chiang Mai
Authenticity or Higher Quality Artists?
- As a foreigner you may want a sak yant because of how cool they look and because it will symbolize your memeory of Thailand.
- Or you may be more interested in the experience of receiving a traditional sak yant tattoo.
The Best Sak Yant Tattoo
For a top quality sak yant you should go to Panumart Tattoo. You’ll receive a better-looking, longer-lasting tattoo by a professional artist.This means your tattoo will have sharper, clearer lines. We have the best Google reviews of any tattoo shop in Thailand, so that means if you visit us you can be sure that you’ll leave happy. And to top it all off, you’ll be tattooed in a super clean environment – as we follow a hygienic process created by American medical professionals.
What we can’t do for you is tell you the exact meaning of every sak yant design. That’s because as normal Thai people we cannot read the ancient language sak yants contain.
A Traditional Sak Yant Experience With a Monk or Ajarn
Getting a sak yant tattoo from a monk or an ajarn will come with its own set of pros and cons. For one, you won’t get the best looking, longest-lasting tattoo. Monks and ajarns aren’t artists. The lines on their tattoos are not the cleanest and they can get bloated after time.
What you lose in beauty, though, you will gain in memories. Sak yants, or yantra tattoos, are traditionally thought to give magic powers, protections or good luck to the person wearing them. The monks and ajarns who perform these tattoos understand the meanings of the various designs. Plus they are able to read and write in Khmer Sanskrit, which is the language sak yant blessings are written in. This allows them to choose a design for you and to create a personalized blessing.
Are Bamboo Tattoos Best for Sak Yants?
The main attraction of the bamboo tattoo is the unique experience it gives you. The main secondary benefit is that these hand-poked tattoos heal faster, allowing travelers to go swimming sooner.
Monks and ajarns will exclusively do bamboo tattoos, while we do both bamboo and machine tattoos. Luckily we have Aun working for us – he is one of the best Thai bamboo tattoo artists practicing today.
If you value quality over tradition, however, you should always go with a machine for your sak yant. Machines will give sharper lines that will last decades longer. The text from a monk/ajarn sak yant may become illegible after ten years as the ink begins to blur and bloat. With a machine tattoo done by a good artist this should never happen.