‘Yantra: The Sacred Ink’ is a documentary short on Thailand’s Yantra tattoo tradition.
For centuries, Thai men have covered their bodies with protective tattoos.
Old temple murals show epic scenes of swords breaking apart when hitting a tattooed soldier’s skin.
The tradition was handed down by generations of both monks and laymen who create the talismanic, protective tattoos and empower them with prayers.
The film uses footage shot between 2009 and 2017, it shows the tattooing process and ceremonies attached to the tradition, as well as the state of trance,
or “Khong Khuen” , tattooed devotees enter when “possessed” by the spirit of their tattoos. This five minute cut has been showing as part of museum and gallery shows
In France, Belgium, Canada, USA, UK, Thailand, The Netherlands to accompany the photo project of the same name. The full version of the short is only available for
password protected online screeners as well as special screenings and is currently being entered into the festival circuit.
For more info on the photographic project Yantra: The Sacred Ink, as well as exhibitions please visit this page:
(4-5 minute “museum edits” for looping display, unless otherwise noted as “long cut” )
Natural History Museum, Los Angeles | Nov 19 2017 – Apr 15 2018
Tropen Museum, Amsterdam | March 31 2017 – Dec 2018
Alliance Française, Bangkok | “long cut” film premiere, Sept 14, 2017
Field Museum | Chicago Oct 17, 2016 – April 30, 2017
Museum of Folk Art, Santa Fe | Feb 28, 2016 to March 19, 2017
Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario | April to Sept 2016
MAS | Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp | Feb 16 – April 17 2016
Tropen Museum, Amsterdam | March 20th – August 20th 2015
Musée du Quai Branly, Paris | May 6th 2014 – Oct 18th 2015
Galerie Olivier Waltman, Paris | May-Jun 2014