Getting Tattooed in Thailand

I had many plans my first trip to Thailand and one of them was to get a tattoo. Unfortunately plans and Thailand often go awry and I ran out of time. My second trip I had so much going on I completely forgot about getting a tattoo. My last trip my brother was along for the ride and he was absolutely getting ink done here and it finally came to pass that I got a tattoo.

In my trips I’ve been in quite a few tattoo shops in Bangkok and Pattaya and I can tell you for a fact it is very safe to get a tattoo in Thailand. Some of the shops aren’t any bigger than a small room and some are very large but they all put the customers health and safety first. New needles are always used and opened in front of the customer, they all have working autoclaves, and work areas are sterilized constantly. The tattoo shops I’ve been in all used American inks as well. When asked why the answer was “it’s the best”. So, don’t listen to anyone telling you old needles are used or the tattoo shops aren’t safe. If you should be in a shop anywhere in the world and they won’t open the new needle in front of you or it doesn’t seem clean…walk.

There are many tattoo shops in Thailand, in Pattaya alone there must be 500, some as small as a telephone booth. Not only are there many shops but equally as many talented artists doing the work. I did a lot of research before I got work done and originally narrowed it down to 3 shops but finally settled on 13 Crowns on walking street in Pattaya. My brother got his work done first, a very colorful dragon, and I was impressed with their work and everyone in the shop was great. I settled on a dragon myself but all black with a red eye.

If you plan on getting ink done while in Thailand do some research of the shops in the areas you’ll be and I’m sure you’ll be pleased with the end results. If you’re in Pattaya head to walking street and look for a bicycle chopper outside a small narrow shop with a sign that says 13 Crowns…you won’t be disappointed.

My brother ended up getting a second tattoo of a dragon and my girl got a small back tat too…you can see the tattoo’s in the Gallery section or you can click here Getting Ink Done.

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    4 thoughts on “Gavin Hill & Tim Wright Respond to Big Trouble in Thailand

    1. Gavin just very lately started commenting again on thaivisa forum under the suited thread. Just making excuses, wont let up. I used to have some respect for Gavin but now, zilch. The guy is a lying idiot.

    2. Unfortunately for both sides, the reality of the matter is sometimes dramatic effect is the only way to get the point across to the masses.

      Talen I don’t know how long you have lived in Thailand but if you have not lived in the heart of a resort town versus out in the country, you have no realistic idea of the scams that are committed daily against tourists.

      Television shows are on TV for the dramatic effect so the writers, directors, etc. can highlight their point of view to the masses with their OWN flair.

      Without dramatic effect, this story about JJ would never had made the news.

      In Thailand, until international media gets involved, the Thai authorities never give a second thought to the 1,000′s of tourists that get ripped off every month in Thailand.

      Read from Paknam web, who I reguard as the one of, if not the most knowledgeable foreigner living in Thailand 20+ years.

      There are 100′s of actual comments from actual people that have been ripped off in these scams. Many of these people comment they will never ever come back to Thailand.

      Not one of these people that got scammed ever made the news until BTIT brought it into the public eye.

      Yes drama and international exposure are a must to get any kid of corrective action and BTIT did just that.

      For all the support you give to this story, you miss the heart of the real story and that is the 1,000′s of other tourists that get ripped off each month in scams.

      In Thailand it takes more than talk to get action. It takes dramatic effect as BTIT has brought to millions of viewers.

      Until scams and crime in Thailand are highlighted enough to get the government to act, more and more innocent people will be ripped off and that can include you and me.

      Realize the intent to highlight crime is an important contribution to cleaning up Thailand, not how a video was or was not made.

      It is the message that is important.

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