Aroon Thaewchatturat, who contributed her tattoo photography to Noir Nation No. 2, discusses sacred tattoos, called sak yant in Thailand, speaks in this video about the animating totem spirits that possess believers during a religious rite. She co-authored with Tom Vater, Sacred Skin, the first English language book on Thailand’s sacred tattoos. Sacred Skin has been reviewed in more than 30 publications, including Time Magazine, and has been the subject of two documentaries, Arte and Die Zeit.
The interview took place at Wat Bang Phra, a Buddhist temple in Nakhon Pathom Province, Thailand, about 50 km west of Bangkok.
Below is the book trailer for Sacred Skin. It offers an incredibly rich preview of Aroon’s sublime images.