If you’re a sailor, sailing the seven seas, drowning yourself in gin and getting an anchor permanently inked onto your body is a mighty fine and upstanding thing to do. Some would say that the upper arm is one of the best places to get a tattoo, but here are some more globally-minded locations – none of them is the poop deck of a cargo boat.
The Maori people of New Zealand are world-famous for several cool things, one of those being massive tattoos. The traditional ta moko variety is sacred and only for Maoris, but Pakeha (other New Zealanders) and tourists can get themselves a look-alike kirituhi.
Try your luck in the cities of the North Island seeing as that’s where the majority of New Zealanders live.
The Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth – Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
This annual shindig invites the best tattoo artists from all over the world to come and show off their skills in one place.
The thousands of attendees are all game for the workshops and needle-based fun, and venues like King Ink combine inking with partying in ways you’re unlikely to see in other, more sober places.
Tattoos are very popular in places like Bangkok, with streets such as Khao San Road satisfying many a drunken westerner’s ink-filled whims.
But there are certain forms of tattoo here that are considered sacred, such as Sak Yant (above) which is popular with Muay Thai fighters – it is said to protect them when they practice their intense martial art.
(Featured image: Tela Chhe)