Getting a Tattoo in Bangkok for my birthday
One more time I had my skin itching for months and became obsessed with tattoos. With my birthday around the corner, I had the perfect excuse to get my first tattoo in Bangkok. 🤗
I remember at the beginning, when I get my first tattoo at 19 in Australia, it was only supposed to be 1. As anyone who got tattoos know, you never stop with one. 🙈
Then it was it suppose to be just my right arm, one tattoo in each country where I spent time… then I started my left arm… now I got no idea where that’s gonna stop. 😇
If you got a tattoo already, you know that feeling. When you become crazy about it and stare at everyone’s tats. That when you're starting to plan the next one.
For me usually, it at each big step in my life and big lesson I learn. I need to put a tattoo under my skin to remember it. This time it’s the last two years in Bangkok and the rollercoaster that it was to start my own company. 🐵
So on Friday I sent the drawing to the Tattoo Shop and on Saturday at 1pm I was, there. But where? And for what kind of tattoo? 🤔
What about a Thai Tattoo?
As I am in Thailand I could go for a Thai Style Tattoo, or a Sak Yant for example. But that wasn’t really the plan. I love the Sak Yant and other traditional Thais and Buddhist Tattoos but I don’t feel like having one.
On top of that, I already got a Thai Style Tattoo inside my right arm. 💪
That was 4 years ago in Koh Phangan, when I first came to Thailand. 🇹🇭
A Lion Fu, Thai Style. That was my souvenir from my spiritual journey in Thailand. (I didn’t drink or party much during this trip, but that’s another story). ⛔
This time, I was looking for something for my left arm.
Not a souvenir from a travel, but a different style from what I already have. A special symbol that will anchor in my skin those last lessons I learn. 👁🗨
I thought about this drawing for the last 3 months, checked a few options the days before. Then, with the design ready, it was time to find the right place in Bangkok. 😎
Best Tattoo Shop in Bangkok
There’s a ton of Tattoo Shops in Bangkok, and a lot of really good ones. 👍
It’s such a part of the culture and a big part of tourists experience that you can find hundreds of them in Bangkok and most touristic places. 🎒
But even if most of them are really good, it's always hard to pick one.
That’s why I always go with recommendations after meeting people that get tattooed at a specific place and recommend it.
I’m pretty easy when it comes to picking a Tattoo Shop. For me the must have are:
- A clean place
- The Artist style that match what I want to do
- Friendly Staff
- The price
To be honest the price doesn’t even matter that much and I usually don't even ask. 💸
Based on the shop reputation and booking list, I know if I can afford it or not.
If I can, I don’t even discuss the price beforehand. 😇
I want someone that’s gonna work with me on the design, give good advice and help me get the best piece possible, in the right place. 🤗
Not someone that is gonna rush it because he’s not gonna make much money on it. Take you time, do it well, get paid accordingly. That make sense. 💰
So this time I went to see my friends at Reminisce Tattoo Shop.
Reminisce Tattoo Shop Bangkok
This place is a special Tattoo Shop for me.
First, they're friends of friends. 👫
As I said, I only go to shops where some people I’ve met already get tattooed. 😉
I’m not a big risk taker when it’s about tattoos. I want to see their work in real life, see the quality on the skin. Only then I can for it if I like it. 😇
With Reminisce Tattoo it was easy. I know them, I had dinner with them, they tattooed my friends, they taught me some Thai ahah. I know it’s the right place for this one. 🔥
When you go there, you’ll find 2 guys:
Pai, the assistant, that help with the Tattoo, bookings, the edit…
And Teu, the tattoo artist.
Teu over the years have become an expert in a lot of styles.
He adapts to a lot of requests, and as a results, learn so many types of drawings. ✍
My Bangkok Tattoo
So finally, here they are. My 2 Bangkok Tattoos.
First one is a Monkey. The same one as in the MojoSons Logo.🐵🐵
Second one is “Do More” with 3 dots, made with the same font as MojoSons.
Does it mean MojoSons forever. Yes and no. It’s more about what I learned about myself, business and life while we built the business.
But that’s also a story for another time. 🤓
As I said, for me a tattoo is never about the price, I didn’t even discuss it with them. As I did for my previous ones. But if you’re wondering, I paid 4,000฿ for the 2.
Is that expensive? Or cheap? I know in France it cost at least 80€ usually and the minimum can be higher depending on the shops. So I guess it’s not a bad deal.
Wanna get a tattoo in Bangkok?
Go stop by Reminisce Tattoo say hi to Teu and Pai. Great place to get Inked in Bangkok.
Here you go: