Tap. Tap. Tap.

I was lying flat on my back, watching two hungry geckos devour bug after bug on the thatched ceiling. Meanwhile, a man was tapping a sharpened bamboo stick with into the sensitive part of my inner arm.

Bucket list goal of “Get a Traditional Bamboo Tattoo” is done.

Although the method is a little medieval, this one hurt far less than a regular tattoo done with the “gun.” Having a Thai guy come at me with a long, pointy object while rocking Metallica was a little intimidating; however, at least he was smiling. Maybe because I paid him $50.

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Occasionally, the point would plunge a little deeper than before and I would wince, but I had an audience of curious passersby from the street and a nice Belgian traveler watching, so I tried not to flinch.

Besides, when you find yourself in these positions you should ask: WWJWD?  What would John Wayne do? Probably not get a bamboo tattoo in Thailand. But if he did, he wouldn’t flinch, I know that.

Earlier, I was eating on the ground in a restaurant with a friend, when a cat jumped onto the floor nearby and a flurry of commotion ensued: it had dragged a snake into the place! The snake was relatively small (by Southeast Asian standards, anyway) but I jumped up and did my best to separate the two as the snake struck at me and the cat.

Who knows how many times the cat was bitten during the epic battle. I saw the cat lounging around with a full stomach the next morning, so I guess the snake wasn’t poisonous.

Don’t ask me why, but at that moment, I decided to get a tattoo here on the island. Maybe one random event deserves another.

The Thai word I had etched onto my skin forever?

Vagabond (or traveler/tourist in Thai) — of course. 🙂

Here’s a video!