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Monks & Magic: Presentation About the Thai Sacred Sak Yant Tattoo Tradition

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New York — Tuesday, June 9, 2020From 20:00 to 21:00Los Angeles — Tuesday, June 9, 2020From 17:00 to 18:00London — Wednesday, June 10, 2020From 1:00 to 2:00Athens — Wednesday, June 10, 2020From 3:00 to 4:00Singapore — Wednesday, June 10, 2020From 8:00 to 9:00Sydney — Wednesday, June 10, 2020From 10:00 to 11:00


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Getting a tattoo is always an intimate experience, often planned out well in advance, and with some deep personal meanings.

What if you didn’t get to choose what the design was?

Would you still make a lifelong commitment based on someone else’s interpretation of your life?

Sak Yant tattoos have started becoming recognized around the world as one of the most fascinating practices from within Thailand and its neighboring countries.

In this virtual event, Ian will take you on an educational adventure to help understand this practice, as well as how they came to be. Learn about the history of Sak Yant, what they mean, and why people from all over the world have started getting them. Understand some of the magic and belief systems, as well as some of the surprising rituals surrounding these sacred tattoos. He will also break down some of the myths and rumors found online.

So far, he personally has 4 Sak Yant tattoos, from 3 different masters. His brother has 2, and his mom has 1! Ian has been to the Wai Kru Sak Yant Festival at Wat Bang Phra in Thailand 5 times - a festival that attracts over 10,000 people annually - mostly Thai who already have Sak Yant tattoos and many who are receiving them at the festival.

After reading a blog post he'd written, Ian had his first client inquiry in July 2013. By mid-2014, he was fully up and running, offering the services of facilitating a Sak Yant in a traditional and authentic way, honoring the ancient practices, and providing a medium for people to do so respectfully to the shamans and the practice.

To this day, he has helped over 3,500 international travelers get Sak Yant tattoos. Approximately 200 of them have come back on more than one occasion (one has come back 13 times!). He currently works with 8 Ajarns from around Thailand, as well as with a group of newer Ajarns starting to bring back the practice in Cambodia (something that was lost during the genocide by the Khmer Rouge). He's even brought Ajarns overseas to sold-out events of people interesting in getting Sak Yant tattoos abroad.

Get beneath the sacred skin, and be part of the magic in this session.

IAN ORD has been traveling almost non-stop since his first big trip hitchhiking across Canada back in 1997! Canadian born, he’s called Mexico his home-base for the past 4 years, after having lived in Thailand for 5 years prior. Through his time in South East Asia, he became deeply connected with the Sak Yant community - a community of shamans who give protective magical tattoos. It has become a study, a passion and a focus for much of his past 8 years, since receiving his first Sak Yant tattoo in 2012. Ian is the founder of an ethically responsible travel company called Where Sidewalks End, which helps facilitate Sak Yant for those who wish for their tattoos to have a meaning that’s more than skin deep.

Follow Ian:https://wheresidewalksend.comhttps://instagram.com/globe_trottahhttps://instagram.com/wsetravelhttps://facebook.com/WSEtravel

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