Thais turn to tat­toos to re­mem­ber late King Bhu­mi­bol

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Days after widely revered King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej died, many Thais are head­ing to tat­too par­lors to get a last­ing mem­ory of the only monarch they have ever known. In the sea­side re­sort town of Pat­taya, the Skin Art Tat­too par­lor of­fered up to 50 free tat­toos per day be­tween Satur­day and Mon­day, me­dia re­ported, while in Bangkok tat­too artists are worked off their feet. The Sak Lai Tat­too Stu­dio in a pop­u­lar shop­ping dis­trict of cen­tral Bangkok has pre­pared sev­eral tat­too de­signs in honor of the late king, in­clud­ing the num­ber 9 in Thai be­cause he was ninth king of the coun­try’s 234-year-old Chakri Dy­nasty.

“It’s a way to ex­press and record their own story of love and de­vo­tion to our king,” said Esara Usada, 55, who has been a tat­too artist for two decades and owns Sak Lai. His tat­too artist wife, Ta­pa­nee Pr­a­sit­suk, said they are fully booked for the next month.

Prices for a tat­too at their par­lor start at 2,000 baht ($57). But as a trib­ute to the late king, prices for king-related tat­toos will start at 1,000 baht, Ta­pa­nee said. Piyaphan Phan­wiroj, 34, a mil­i­tary of­fi­cer, sat still for about 20 min­utes while Ta­pa­nee inked away at the nape of his neck, pro­duc­ing a sen­tence that read in Thai: “I was born in the reign of King Rama IX”.

“The tat­too speaks louder than love. It speaks of re­spect, obe­di­ence and loy­alty,” he said. “It will re­mind me to do more for my coun­try. In times of hope­less­ness, it will re­mind me of all his hard work for us.” Other pop­u­lar tat­toos in­clude the phrase “May I be your hum­ble ser­vant in all my lives” and lyrics from the royal an­them. — Reuters

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