Every so often I get the craving for a new tattoo and being in Thailand, surrounded by advertisements for bamboo tattoos, I promised myself I wouldn’t leave the country without one. A souvenir, one I’d find very hard to lose but also doesn’t take up any space in my backpack.
…Guess what happened?
Before you panic, I didn’t just dive straight in and pick something from a book, I had been eyeing something up about for a while that I had saved on my Iphone.
The reason for going with this (other than liking it obviously) was that I wanted something small and simple, I’ve got lots of other big ideas I need to save skin space for.
So right there and then I got my tattoo fix for the year and experienced getting a bamboo tattoo in Thailand.
The whole thing took about 40 minutes from start to finish and didn’t hurt nearly as much as I had expected.
The biggest positive however was how clean the whole process was, no blood at all during of after ‘the stabbing’ . In the following hours and days it was not nearly as sore as machine tattoo’s either.
As much as getting ink forced under your skin can be, it was a very pleasant experience.
If anyone is interested in getting a Tattoo on Khao San Road then I can happily recommend Up 2 U Tatoo on the second floor opposite Rikka Inn Hotel. I spent a long time going through their work and the quality was very good, it was very hygienic and everyone was very helpful.
Update 3 Years Later
For anyone who has stumbled across this post who is considering getting a bamboo tattoo, I thought it might be nice to have a little update as it’s been a few years. This is how the tattoo currently looks with no after-care whatsoever…
If you want to see a short clip of what it looks like being done check out the clip here Or maybe you’ve already had one done? How did you find it?