Thai culture has provided many interesting concepts in dance, beliefs, religion and language, each filled with elaborate details and a wealth of meaning; this is a huge part of what makes Thai culture unique. This wealth of meaning has been extended to tattooing as well, which has a deeper meaning to the Thai people. Anyone attending a tattoo school Thailand will learn the process and styles of Thai tattoos, an appreciation for the art of tattoos in Thai culture and the depth of meaning of the tattoos.
Thai tattoos are more than artwork on skin, and choosing the right tattoo school is an important factor in determining the tattoo training students will receive. There is a deep belief in tattoos that goes to the very core of Thai society. An inseparable intertwining of spiritualism with the tattoos makes their meaning even more special. Despite Buddhist beliefs that are prevalent in Thai society, the people have a strong belief in Animism, which they have woven into the fabric of their culture. Animism refers to the union of spirit and matter, a lack of separation between body and soul. It is believed that all life forms have a soul and this includes animals, insects and plants.
To find the link between Animism and Thai tattoos, one should understand that to the Thai people, getting a tattoo is a very deep spiritual experience. It is essential that the tattoo course one chooses should reflect the importance of tattoos as a form of protection and strength from the spiritual world. The monks at Therevada are famous for their tattooing talents. They create images by hand as was the practice for thousands of years. Double-pronged rods are used to puncture the skin thousands of times to send the ink below the surface of the skin.
School tattoo programs should concentrate on teaching students the incredibly detailed, painstaking task of creating traditional Thai tattoos. Some of the more popular tattoo art in Thailand include the Monkey King, Thai Dragon, Masks and Elephant Fish. Colors when used correctly in Thai tattooing, create a living tapestry of art. There are beliefs associated with each god and animal; for example the tattoo of a tiger represent's protection of the person from physical harm and evil.
Thai tattoos are often accompanied by traditional writing that generally consists of prayers or incantations. These writings are meant to protect the wearer or another person. For example, a mother can have a prayer for a child tattooed on her. Thai temple tattoos consists of geometric shapes and images of different gods, woven into a seamless design of images and inscriptions. The prayers are believed to provide the wearer with magical powers. Temple tattoos are large in size, covering an entire chest or back.
Authentic Thai ink is different from what is found in Western tattoo parlors. The ink is made by Buddhist monks from a variety of ingredients believed to contain plants and herbs, battery acid, snake oil, ashes and ground lizard skin among other things.
Tattoo School Thailand is a consistent winner of various tattoo awards. The tattoo school offers a dedicated and comprehensive tattoo training program complete with hands-on experience for its students. The school also provides accommodation for students who need a place to stay.