Sak Yant Tattoo Gallery
by Patong Tattoo Phuket
Sak Yant Tattoo is ancient tattoo art that dates back to the 9th century during the Khmer Empire Era. Thus, the Sak Yant tattoo holds a long proud history. Khmer believed that the fundamental of human existence was based on 4 elements which were earth, air, fire, and water. While Hinduism has deeply influenced the Khmer Empire’s beliefs.
Later when Buddhists occupied Khmer Empire, they added a fifth element in the form of the spirit of Buddha incorporated in the Sak Yant Tattoo. The ancient warriors would march to the battlefield wearing this sacred tattoo was a common sight during that era.
Thai Sak Yant tattoos utilize the ancient Khmer language. Sak Yant Tattoo lettering usually does not have translations in other languages. It consists of holy chants – music like praying. One letter can derive from a legendary chant or narrates a saga from the ancient scripture. The Sak Yant chants and definitions are highly worshiped and conserved.
Even nowadays, these tattoos are available in various designs that offer different magical powers and effects.
The most popular tattoo pattern among enthusiasts is the ones that provide superstitious effects, which can be classified into two major categories:
- Compassion, mercy, attractiveness
- Invincible, protective, good fortune
For example, if it is for mercy purposes. It is often tattooed as a lizard or bird “Sarika” to deliver charm and admiration to the wearers, which offer advantages for trades and negotiations.
At Patong Tattoo Phuket, we are delighted to assist you in designing and customizing your Sak Yant Tattoo that symbolizes the Thai heritage of the enchanted artwork. We offer a wide collection of authentic talisman styles that are custom designed with the perfect composition that is tattooed to your skin with sharp lines and high definition.