On my list of favorite Thai festivals is the Tattoo Festival held annually in Nakhon Chaisi district of Nakhon Pathom, west of Bangkok about 50 kms. It is difficult to understand and photograph for the first time what you are seeing during the festival without first researching the event. My first Tattoo Festival I found myself running in circles trying to photograph the event. It took me about three years before I realized there was an order to madness and patience would reward me with better images. Wat Bang Phra (Wat means temple) is famous for the magically charged tattoos that are inked into the backs of followers with traditional bamboo spikes. It was first explained to me that devotees to the temple believe that their tattoos can protect them from things like bullets, knives and jealous husbands. Once tattoos, which many have over their entire upper body, are recharged, a process of adding new images or script, the devotee takes on the spirit of an animal, usually a tiger. Sitting outside the temple many soon become entranced and charge the stage where a statue of their now deceased head master and Buddhist Monk, Luang Phor Boon, sits. Waiting to stop them is an army of volunteers or soldiers. Also waiting is an army of photographers, many who have seen the images online and want a piece of the insanity. The entire process at times resembles a street fight. Followers still come to honor Luang Phor Boon, usually on the first Saturday of March in a festival known as a “Wai Khru”.