The Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej has made a lot of followers and well wishers during his reign, which was the longest serving period for a monarch in the world. The late King loved his people and they loved him back. Ever since Thailand turned black following the beloved King’s loss, people have been trying to find ways to find homage to the King. Among the tributes were one that seemed to be an oath for a lifetime, tattoos.
People have been seen showing pictures in social media, of their own body art bearing slogans with references to the late King. Tattoo shops in Pattaya and other popular locations have been flooded with people asking to be inked with iconic photographs of the King or slogans or sometimes just ‘9’. “I get tattoos to record stories in my life,” says Natthawut Ananthasukhon, a Bangkok based photographer who shared three new tattoos he got to pay respects to the King.
Jetrin “J” Wattanasin and Pharunyoo Rojanawuttitum and singer Pitt Karchai were some of the celebrities who shared photographs of their new tattoos dedicated to the late King. Many tattoo shops were flooded and some of them even decided to do it for free. Nopparat Naplod, a tattoo artist who runs Skin Art Tattoo said, while his shop does it for free they’re also careful not to ink any portraits or royal emblems of the King. “You shouldn’t get the King’s portrait tattooed on your hands because we always use them to touch things,” Natthawut said.