A sak yant is a form of tattoo that is very popular in Thailand. Sometimes referred to as a Buddhist tattoo or a yantra tattoo, these tattoos have been made internationally famous by Angelina Jolie and Muay Thai fighters. These Buddhist tattoos regularly contain sacred geometry, animals and deities accompanied by sacred mantras.
The sak yant is a representation of mystical Thai Buddhism, also known as Tantric Theravada, in the form of a tattoo. So to understand sak yants, you must first understand this form of mysticism that connects the body, cosmos and a higher power together.
Locals typically brand these tattoos because they are believed to give protection and good luck. Foreigners on the other hand have fallen in love with the simplistic, symmetrical style of these cool-looking tattoos.