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”A Buddhist monk uses a traditional needle to tattoo the chest of Salut at Wat Bang Phra in Nakhon Pathom province. Salut, a 26 year old from Bangkok's Klong Thoey slum who had his first tattoo at age of 17, believes tattoos protect him from danger and give him self confidence. Believers from across Thailand travel to the monastery to have their bodies adorned with tattoos and to pay their respects to the temple's master tattooist. They believe the tattoos have mystical powers, ward off bad luck and protect them from harm. less 
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Yahoo Lifestyle | Photo By Damir Sagolj / Reuters
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 6:00 AM EDT