French-British photographer Cedric Arnold presents a series of black and white photos taken entirely in Thailand, where he moved in 2001. The images capture Thailand’s tattoo culture there, where body ink is considered a method a spiritual connection.

“A body, used as a canvas, every inch of skin filled with sacred text and figures of mythical creatures all forming a protective shield. A boxer, a monk, a construction, worker, a policeman, a soldier, a taxi driver, a shipyard worker, a shaman, a tattoo master; men, women and their inked protection from evil spirits and bad luck. Enter the world of Thailand’s spiritual “Yantra” tattoo tradition.”

More images after the jump.

via voyonsvoir

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