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Sak Yant is a traditional style of tattoo from Thailand. Also known as Yantra the tattoos are applied by Buddhist Monks. Many believe Yantra hold special powers of protection.

Model: Muay Thai fighter Raphael Soon


  • Christie  Moses
    Christie Mosesover 4 years ago

    amazing image Matt!

  • thanks Christie :)

    – Matt Bottos

  • janeymac
    janeymacover 4 years ago

    powerful pose and image love the tats !!

  • thanks jane! Yeah… raph’s tatts are pretty cool

    – Matt Bottos

  • Rikki Woods
    Rikki Woodsover 4 years ago

    Everything about this photo works so well. Great job and interesting description (and tat).

  • thanks Rikki :) Apparently one of the tatts offers protection from being stabbed with a knife…and so far it’s worked!

    – Matt Bottos

  • abefleur
    abefleurover 4 years ago

    the pose is amazing Matt .. perfect lighting too .. very powerful.

  • thanks deborah… great to hear from you :)

    – Matt Bottos

  • madworld
    madworldover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous work matt, love your lighting and the pose is amazing, well done

  • Thank you :)

    – Matt Bottos

  • Barssel
    Barsselover 4 years ago

    Your image would make a great addition to the Tattoo, Piercing and Body Modification group

  • thanks … will check it out!

    – Matt Bottos

  • drjones
    drjonesover 4 years ago

    love this

  • thanks!

    – Matt Bottos

  • MelissaRaquel
    MelissaRaquelover 4 years ago

    Stunning work Matt! I am fascinated by those tattoos.

  • thanks melissa… yeah they were fascinating. You can get also get thai tatts that represent ‘attack’ rather than defense… although Buddhist monks wont do these style of tatts. For example I know one guy (pro fighter) that has an arrow on his fist representing speed / accuracy (so his ‘weapon’ hits its target)

    – Matt Bottos

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    Such beautiful inspiring work.

  • annacuypers
    annacuypersover 4 years ago

    Lovely pose and lighting, just beautiful ! xoxo

  • thanks Anna!

    – Matt Bottos

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