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Our association’s goal is to promote the Traditional Thai Tattoo culture Worldwide. We do organize international and intercultural exchanges and meeting respecting its spiritual dimension. The Sak Yant Community of Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud (SYCLV) is a religious association headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is founded in accordance with Article 60 and the Swiss Civil Code, and is recognized as an institution of public interest as defined Article 171 of the Constitution Vaudoise.
- to contribute to the maintenance of the religious spirit and the spiritual life according to the principles of Sak Yant
- to safeguard and to defend Sak Yant interests
- to ensure the celebration of worship, religious practices, religious instructions of Sak Yant
- to create and support all social and religious institutions interesting Sak Yant
- To promote SAK YANT – the Traditional Thai Tattoo culture worldwide
- To organize and participate to international, inter-cultural and in inter-religious dialogue/exchanges (interfaith dialogue)
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M. Fred TENGER – President of SakYantEmbassy
Dawood KhanVice President
Juan Eduardo IbarraTreasurer
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Terms & Conditions
Please read carefully before applying for an appointment
We ask you to be on site 15 minutes before the appointment to explain you the conduct and practices o the ceremony.
Anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be denied access to the site.
For hygiene reasons we do not accept animals at the place of the event.
Tattooed people undertake to respect our care and hygiene advice and stand solely responsible for the proper healing of their tattoo. Irregularities of Ink density as well as possible spreading may vary from skin to skin and due also to a handmade tattoo technique. However the Arjan (Tattoo masters) we deal with have been offering quality and affordable work since 2015, which have been adapted to proper and safe hygiene standards to ensure safety for all of our clients while still keeping with respect the spiritual aspects of traditional tattooing practices. SakYantEmbassy cannot be sewed for any complications.
SakYantEmbassy has the right to use the photos taken during the event. In case you do not want to be photographied, please tell us beforehand.
Identification you may be requested. Only adults (from 21 years old) can get a tattoo.
SakYantEmbassy retains the right to change the program at any time without warning.
The appointment decision is made only after receipt of deposit, amounting to CHF200.- to pay into account: UBS CH23 0024 3243 1828 6601 A (swift/bic UBSWCHZH80A – IBAN 0018286601.A 0243) to the attention of Swiss Sak Yant Association. Thank you to indicate your name and address in the communications zone. Amount that will be deducted from the price of the tattoo. As a reminder, this is not a deposit, it gives no right to a refund in case of cancellation or missed appointment from you. Only the cancellation of the tattoo master will be a full refund from SakYantEmbassy.
What is Sak Yant
Tattooing cultures in South East Asia are among some of the oldest tattooing practices in the world. Thailand is renowned for the particular style called “Sakyant.” The word “sakyant” is made up of the words “sak,” meaning to tap something, but extends to meaning tattooing, particularly the tattooing style used in sakyant by tapping the skin with the tattooing needle calle a “khem-sak.” The word “yant” means sacred yantra design. The geographical origin of sakyant is difficult to pin down exactly, as territorial lines move constantly throughout history and the main countries that claim creation of sakyant, Cambodia, Laos, Burma and Thailand, have vastly different borders now than they have over the past 2 millenium due to conflicts. What we can tell with more certainty, are the influences in artistic, religious, linguistic and cultural expressions in sakyant. SE Asia was a thriving area due to rich natural resources, and as people moved around to exploit the fertile lands, they brought with them ideas, spirituality, custom as well as their wares and cultural identity. Animism was a commonly practiced form of spirituality in the primitive ages, until more organized philosophies and religions spread throughout Asia. Many designs in sakyant are pictures of animals, spirits, elemental forms like “earth, air, fire, water and ether.” Hinduism spread rapidly throughout SE Asia and the influences this brought to the area can be seen in the representation of Hindu gods and spirits, generally with a cultural refurbishment in the style and dress of the local area and time period. As Buddhism also spread eastward, the Buddhist element in much of sakyant can be seen. You will regularly see a wearer of sakyant with designs influenced by animism, Hinduism and Buddhism, all sharing space on their body in harmony. Language and alphabets have also changed from the early beginnings of sakyant to the language used in modern times. Today the majority of sakyant is written in the alphabet of “Khom,” the precursor to modern day Cambodian (or Khmer) script. While khom is the most common, there is also “Lanna,” a script synonymous with Northern Thailand and Laos, and “Mon” endemic to Burma, Laos and Southern China. These writing systems stemmed from “Pallava” from India, and indeed there are some esoteric sakyant designs written in the ancient script of Pallava. Recordings that show sakyant are extremely hard to find before the 13th century, or the “Sukothai” period, which displayed a great expansion in artistic representation of Thai life and philosophies, religions, trade and border expansion. Paintings, manuscripts, stories and evidence in other nation’s chronicals of their impressions when trading with the Siamese all help us paint a clearer picture of the origins and movement of sakyant in cultural practices. Someone who applies sakyant is called an “Ajarn,” or master. Ajarns are found in the monkhood in Buddhist temples, as Ruesi in the forest traditions, as Ruesi and Brahmans from Indic influenced traditions, and also in the general laity. One thing that can be decided on, is sakyant was developed by individuals called Ruesi. This is a word the Thai language has borrowed from the Hindi word “Rishi,” meaning seer, ascetic, one who has received knowledge from Bhrama in the form of sacred mantras. To be an Ajarn, one must devote much time to studying the esoteric languages, incantations, methodologys, mythologys, meditation and the ability to focus their mind with intent. While applying sakyant to a devotee, the Ajarn must concentrate intently, reciting ancient mantras relating to the design, and finally blowing on the design, transmitting the developed prana, imbuing the sakyant with the qualities the devotee is looking for. Some Ajarn can go into a trance and invoke a spirit to help guide them during sakyant. The most common spirit is one of the many versions of a Ruesi called “Por Gae Dtaa Fai” which was a famous Ruesi in ancient times, known for his highly developed mind and ability to make protective spells and sakyant for “luksit” or devotees. Some of these Ajarn will wear a mask of their chosen deity while applying sakyant and some Ajarn are famous for applying sakyant “blind.” There are many, many types of sakyant designs with many, many uses. Sakyant was developed to help people with luck, protection, love, well-being, money, any desirable attribute we need to live a happier, healthier life.
Some devotees can go into a trance when they hear a mantra or they are receiving the blessing after the sakyant. This phenomenon is called “Kong Kuen,” and is generally a rapturous trance called “piti.” Some devotees may trance into a particular deity or animal of the sakyant they have, snarling like a tiger, scraping at the ground like a boar or jumping around like a monkey. An auspicious time is chosen for an Ajarn to pay respect to his teacher and the lineage of his teachers, usually annually. The Ajarn will invite his devotees to come and pay their respects to the Buddha and to the ancient Ruesi and teachers of sakyant. This is a day of blessings and re-empowering the devotees sakyant.
Types of Yant
Some of the more common categories of sakyant are;
Maha Amnat – these are yants to improve the wearer’s powerful, authoritative attributes, commanding respect and obedience.
Metta Mahaniyom – “Great Popularity,” will win compassion and favor from your peers, people will want to help you.
Kong Grapan – Protective designs from sharp edged weapons.
Maha Ud is a similar idea, but will also protect against firearms.
Maha Saneh – Attractive and charming designs to help with the opposite sex.
Klaew Klaad – Evasion from danger and bad luck, helping the wear avoid situations that could endanger them.
Jang Ngang – This yant makes the wearer hard to hurt as they become hard to focus on, hard to hit.
Sat Himapant – Mythological animals from the Himapant forest in Hindu and Buddhist folklore. They are tattooed to invoke the specific powers and qualities of the particular animals.
Chok Laap – To bring the wearer good luck and fortune.
How do they tattoo
The tattoo is performed using a bamboo or metal needle. The student meets the tattoo master, following their exchange, he offers one or more suitable yants according to the student’s needs and his personal quest. Only dedicated the Masters can bless the tattoo.
Does it hurts?
Yes it hurts. But, less than a regular tattoo done with a machine. It is a different sensation much more calm and peaceful.
Toggle content goes here, click edit button to change this text.In Sak Yant these are pre-established patterns that can’t be modified.. however a Yant can be done around an existing tattoo as protection. In Ex.: around a children or spouse’ s name..
Any special requirements?
We recommend to eat lightly before getting tattooed. Normally women shouldn’t get tattooed during their periods.
Is it safe?
Our customer’s security if of outmost importance to us. All materials are either replaced or thrown between each customer. We do comply with general hygiene standards.
It is our policy to collect a deposit when booking an appointment. We accept deposits via cash or credit card and the amount of the deposit required is decided upon by the individual artist. The deposit you leave will come off the final price of your tattoo. Artists carefully schedule and book their appointments based on blocks of time. If you do not show for your appointment, they often do not have adequate time to fill your vacancy and it hurts them. Deposits serve as a good faith gesture to hold your appointment and to compensate the artist if you failt to show for your appointment time. Deposits are NEVER refundable. If less than 24hours notice is given for a cancellation, you lose your deposit and must leave another deposit if you wish to reschedule. If you cancel your appointment with more than 24 hours notice, you may apply your deposit towards your resheduled appointment. We NEVER under any circumstances will refund a deposit. We are sorry if this policy causes any inconvenience but is necessary to protect the intrests of our artists.
The safety of our customer if of outmost importance to us. All materials are either replaced or thrown between each customer. We do comply with general hygiene standards.
Get in Touch
We can be contacted by telephone, email or on Facebook, please find the relevant information below. Alternatively you can send us an enquiry via the online enquiry form.
Sak Yant Embassy,
c/o Juan Eduardo IBARRA LOPEZ
La Ruelle 14 A, 1302 Vufflens, Vaud, Switzerland
Sak Yant Embassy
Ch. de Boston 3
Juan: +41 79 834 1640
Fred: +66 95 413 4756