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starlagurl
post Sep 2 2008, 10:00 AM
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OK, time for another discussion on tattoos...

I am wondering about Thai tattoos. I saw Ms. Jolie get one done at a temple or something??? a while back and I'm wondering what the big deal is about it. I had a fleeting thought the other day that maybe I should get one since I'm going to be there anyway. Just a small one, that's not stupid. Or not, I'm not sure about it honestly.

Where do people usually get these done? I heard you can get them done by monks? Why would monks want to do this to you?


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post Sep 3 2008, 04:57 AM
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Where? In your hostel....in the bar.....anywhere! Tattoo parlours seemed to be everywhere in Thailand!


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post Sep 3 2008, 10:32 AM
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Yah but, you know, I wanted an "authentic" one. If I'm gonna do it all it has to have some kind of special thing to it. Like, some design I wouldn't be able to get anywhere else.


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post Sep 3 2008, 09:40 PM
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I am sure if you get it done by a monk at a temple it is going to be something spiritual for certain! If I was going to get one done there, that would be my choice! Go for it, imagine how awesome that would be and that it would have some real meaning behind it!
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post Sep 3 2008, 11:16 PM
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Because monks aren't allowed to touch women, and vice versa, it will be interesting to see if you can find a "monk" who will tattoo you. I would imagine Bradjolina had a lay person
apply her tattoo.

As far as "why" monks do it, Thai Buddhism, although called "Theravada", is much broader than that. It is packed with all kinds of magic.

One of the problems with getting tattoos done in symbols, or in a language we don't understand, is that there are those who will pull one over on you. There was a Japanese artist who was tattooing young female tourists with a character that meant "loose women", but in more crude terms.

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post Sep 4 2008, 07:53 AM
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QUOTE(curt1591 @ Sep 4 2008, 12:16 AM) *

Because monks aren't allowed to touch women, and vice versa, it will be interesting to see if you can find a "monk" who will tattoo you. I would imagine Bradjolina had a lay person
apply her tattoo.

As far as "why" monks do it, Thai Buddhism, although called "Theravada", is much broader than that. It is packed with all kinds of magic.

One of the problems with getting tattoos done in symbols, or in a language we don't understand, is that there are those who will pull one over on you. There was a Japanese artist who was tattooing young female tourists with a character that meant "loose women", but in more crude terms.

;-)


Oh, I thought they just couldn't touch below your waist...hmm...

Also, I am hesitant about the monk thing because i'm not Buddhist or even spiritual or anything, so it wouldn't even really mean very much to me...

Yes, tattoos in other countries are scary because of the language barrier, that was another reason this tattoo thing was a "fleeting" thought...


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post Sep 4 2008, 08:11 AM
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Oh, I thought they just couldn't touch below your waist...hmm...


While in SEA, leave monks a wide berth to avoid inadvertent contact.


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post Sep 4 2008, 08:12 AM
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I know someone that got a tattoo done in Thailand. The spent 2 days mapping it out then did it all by hand with bamboo. Was bloody good too.


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post Sep 4 2008, 09:19 AM
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Ohhhh OK, that would be interesting...by hand with bamboo?! That's pretty cool, whether it's by a monk or not. Do you know the specific place he/she went?


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post Sep 5 2008, 08:06 AM
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I got a Thai Tattoo when I was in Koh Pha Ngan - that's where I saw most people getting them - the problem is, they're not voluntary there, and like mine, usually caused from scooter accidents - ouch! crying_anim02.gif

I got mine on both knees, but interestingly enough, the one on my right knee was the shape of Australia (excluding Tasmania), so on the bright side I was thinking - if it scars...



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post Sep 5 2008, 09:06 AM
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I would like a small star somewhere, I suppose...like 2cm, tiny tiny. But I'll only get it if it's really done with bamboo.

Kathryn, HAHAHAHA you are hilarious. What did you scrape your knee up on?


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post Sep 5 2008, 09:51 AM
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The amount of people you see with bandaged legs after burning them on the exhaust is ridiculous.


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post Sep 5 2008, 10:03 AM
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Come on people! Get off on the LEFT.


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post Sep 5 2008, 10:29 AM
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We DO get off on the left!!!

Ok enlightenment time:

This is a pic of my friend a few weeks ago. The mistake he made was trying to keep up with me on a motorbike. Now listen up, cos' what you're about to see is what's known as an authentic.. 'Koh Pha Ngan' tattoo:

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to be fair I had never used a scooter or anything like that before and rented one for $4. Didn't have a clue what I was doing and hated every minute.

Still managed not to get injured though smile.gif


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post Sep 5 2008, 10:30 AM
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Ohhhhhhh my god, that hurts SO much. My cousin had one from getting off on the right, that's why I said that.


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What d'you mean by getting off on the right ? or left? You make it sound like it has some significance? Explain..


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post Sep 5 2008, 10:35 AM
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That's where the muffler is, maybe it's different over there. It gets really hot on older bikes and if you're a passenger and get off on the right and touch it, you get burnt really quickly.


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post Sep 5 2008, 08:19 PM
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Hmm yep! That was pretty much the stupidest thing I did too, went riding (as a passenger) on a Harley Davidson in the middle of the night when I was S*$#faced in Bahrain! The guy driving wasn't drunk luckily enough! But I was hanging on for dear life and I did end up burning the inside of my leg FOUR TIMES on the exhaust and have the scars still now, and at the time I didn't feel a thing...!!!!!
Apart from that I have a nice little star tattoo on my right foot, and its what we call a Mariner Star! It was done for me in Bahrain by a guy in the US Navy, who was a qualified tattooist! He also did the one on my upper back! I do have one from Japan (as you all know) and two from London!
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Sep 5 2008, 03:06 PM) *

Kathryn, HAHAHAHA you are hilarious. What did you scrape your knee up on?


I wish I'd just 'scraped' it - I got it from taking a tumble off the bike, the way most people do. Bloody sore!! I also wish it was some big heroic story, but , well....I am ashamed to say, I was coming from a stationary position...

You can read about it here: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entri...21260/tpod.html

Just remember my mantra: "Sand is to Thailand, what ice is to Scotland" © !!



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