Yantra: Sacred Ink

Photograph by Cedric Arnold

A body, used as a can­vas, every inch of skin filled with sacred text and fig­ures of myth­i­cal crea­tures, all form­ing a pro­tec­tive shield. A box­er, a monk, a con­struc­tion work­er, a police man, a sol­dier, a taxi dri­ver, a ship­yard work­er, a shaman, a tat­too mas­ter; men, wom­en and their inked pro­tec­tion from evil spir­its and bad luck. Enter the world of Thailand’s spir­i­tu­al “yantra” tat­too tra­di­tion.