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1. Posted by Rubymurray (Budding Member 62 posts) 8y

Hey to all you walking works of art out there

Seriously thinking about getting a traditional tattoo using bamboo while in Thailand this year so any tips hint or suggestions on this topic will be fantastic.
I have looked through past forum discussions but would like some up to date info

Thanks a lot Ruby

2. Posted by MissCaswell (Budding Member 82 posts) 8y

Quoting Rubymurray

Hey to all you walking works of art out there

Seriously thinking about getting a traditional tattoo using bamboo while in Thailand this year so any tips hint or suggestions on this topic will be fantastic.
I have looked through past forum discussions but would like some up to date info

Thanks a lot Ruby

I got a small bamboo tattoo in smoke filled parlor Koh Phi Phi, it's thai letters that say "jump backwards".
I like the bamboo over the needle, it didn't nearly hurt as much and they were really quick doing it. The tattoo looks good and it actually compleated another big tattoo i had done here at home :)

Just make sure that the place you go to is clean and that the bamboo is sterilized (mine came from a sealed medical bag). If the place looks shady or makes you nervous, go somewhere else :)

Oh and I actually had them write down the letters on paper and I then took it around town to ask different locals what it meant so I wouldn't get stuck with "big al was here" on my back - think that's a good idea if you get a writing of some sort :)

3. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 8y

Maybe you can go to some temples around Bkk or Samutprakan. Monks might help you to make one....but more to religious tattoo...

4. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 8y

My friend got a beautiful bamboo handpoke tattoo that covers her whole back. It took 19 hours straight (!) and she got it in a jungle hut in a tiny village called Khao Sok in the centre of Thailand. The picture is a mermaid surrounded by waves and even if it is a little too big for me it looks very pretty on her. She said although it was tough to get it, she prefered the method to the normal ink tattooing and that made me start thinking that I would like another tattoo, too.
Maybe, next time I'm in Thailand ;).
Good luck with your decision.

Steff

5. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

I was gonna do that when i was in Thailand, but when i got there, no matter where i went the tattooists just wanna rip you off. I was with a Thai guy and he said everywhere you go if you are a foreigner, either bamboo or electric, they will charge you 10 times the going rate so that it is actually cheaper to get it done in the UK. Also if u get a tattoo in the UK you will go to someone that you know for sure will do a great job. All the tattooists on Koh Phi Phi were drunk all the time and were just making so much money out of the tourists that they didnt seem to care. One was very aggressive towards me when i enquired about a tattoo but didnt take him up on the offer as the price was ridiculously high. So many tourists get a tattoo in Thailand that I think it is now just a bit tacky, like wearing a 'kiss me quick' hat from Blackpool.

6. Posted by Paul3879 (Respected Member 212 posts) 8y

If you got a tattoo in Thailand would you have to be careful with the sun exposure and going in the sea or would the salt in the sea do you more good than harm. I would consider the idea of getting another and why not??? get it in Thailand whilst I'm there but on the other hand I wouldn't want it to ruin my holiday where I plan to relax not be in severe pain the whole time? Makes an interesting question I think. any comments...

7. Posted by Rubymurray (Budding Member 62 posts) 8y

I completely agree with you Paul3879 if I was going for a two week holiday I probably wouldn't bother, I'm in Thailand for two months so if I find somewhere I'm really happy about I would sacrifice a bit of sun and sea time for a quality tattoo.

Thanks to you all, there is plenty to think about and I won't be taking it lightly when I get out there, unless I am 100% happy with the tattooist I will leave it

Ruby

8. Posted by mac1234 (Full Member 110 posts) 8y

its a bit cheaper to get it done in chaing mai, didnt get one myself but i probably will when i go back in the summer! i wouldnt get one on the islands though.