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Muay Thai Tattoos and Meanings

Sak Yant Thai Tattoos Designs Meanings, Spiritual and Supernatural Powers

Ever wonder what the sak yant muay thai tattoos mean?

The meanings and spiritual powers of sak yant thai tattoos like the 5 lines, the tiger and hanuman are meant to give muay thai fighters protection, good luck, success, and other desirable attributes.

All sak yant muay thai tattoos are traditionally done by practicing Buddhist monks with bamboo needles. Using single bamboo needles takes much longer and is more painful than newer tattoo guns they use in most shops.

It’s bad luck if you get a sak yant thai tattoo done by someone who is not a Buddhist monk and doesn’t use a bamboo stick. Plus the bearer of the fake sak yant won’t be blessed with the supernatural or sacred powers it supposedly possesses. To get the full spiritual effect of any of muay thai tattoo you must get it done the right way.

Sak Yant Muay Thai Tattoos and Meanings

Top 5 Most Popular Sak Yant Tattoos For Muay Thai Fighters

Hah Taew
(5 Sacred Lines)5lines

One of the more popular of the sak yant thai tattoos is the Hah Taew, or 5 sacred lines.

Each of the 5 lines can carry different sacred meanings depending on the variation of the asian tattoo art.

Typically the lines will help bestow the receiver with success in all aspects of life, charm, loving kindness, good luck and protection from evil spirits.


(Hindu Monkey God)

hanuman muay thai tattoo sak yant meanings designs

One of the most popular tattoos amongst muay thai fighters is Hanuman.

The belief is that the bearer will gain the benefits of bravery and courage.

Hanuman is worshiped by many people as a symbol of strength, perseverance, and devotion.





Gao Yord
(9 Spires)gaoyord

Usually tattooed at the nape of the neck, the 9 spires is a geometric design that represents the 9 sacred peaks of  Mt.  Meru and also contains symbolism of the Buddha with the 3 ovals one above another.

The bearer of the sak yant tattoo of 9 Gao Yord is blessed with protection from evil spirits and good luck.


Tiger Yant
(Tiger Tattoo Meaning)

muay thai tiger tattoo designs meaning sak yant

The tiger symbolizes strength and power… nothing gets in the way of the Tiger due to its fearlessness and   strength.

Not only will it help bring strength, power and fearlessness to its bearer, but it will also help drive away evil spirits too.


(Hindu Elephant God)

ganesh hindu elephant god sak yant muay thai tattoo You’ve probably seen Ganesh before, he’s the Hindu God with an Elephant head.

His popularity is due to his ability to remove obstacles and because he is known as the Lord of Beginnings and therefore chosen by people who are beginning a new chapter to their life.





Other Sak Yant Designs and Tattoo Meanings

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There are a lot of different sak yant tattoos that people get for different reasons. If you’re interested in other sak yant tattoos and meanings then just check them out at!




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Comments 15

  1. I got my 2nd Sak Yant yesterday at Wat Bang Phra. Things have certainly changed since 6 months ago, when I got my first one. They charged me 6,000 baht for this tattoo, and did not give you the option of leaving a ‘donation’. They would;t do it without the money. Since I had traveled from Phulet for this tattoo, they kind of had me over a barrel.

  2. Any sacred tattoo will last for a few years only. The divine power was embedded in the black ink. So do not be a fool by any arjarn. They do not have any power in their hands.

  3. The blessing one receives from a Yant is not in the ink, it is in the mantra/blessing/words spoken by the Ajarn.

    As ‘Lord Jesuch’ said: “Any sacred tattoo will last for a few years only.”, while this is true, the practitioner should visit his/her Ajarn or a Wat to get a blessing or ‘top up’ OR top it up themselves by saying their mantras everyday and following the precepts (rules) they accepted.

    Sadly, too many people have this “I NEED!” attitude towards Sak Yant because they’ve walked into a Gym and did a session or went to the fights one night… it’s not about that, it’s about life changes and the journey that follows.

  4. If you don’t believe the sacred divine power was embedded in the black ink;
    1. Are there any people who can get benefit from mantra, blessing without the tattoo? Or is there ajarn do any blessing, mantra without sacred tattoo?
    2. Take the photo before and after tattoo with the aura-camera to see if there is any difference.
    3. Take the photo of Ajarn to see if they have any kind of aura while they blessing or giving mantra.

      1. Printer ink can cause tumor if it is accumulated in your body, as you often got head trauma you have a high potential of brain tumor.
        Be prepared.

    1. I agree with Sean.

      No mate,nobody should hate anyone for their choice of body art.

      Placement is a different matter, as The Buddha should NEVER go below the waist, but, it (again) depends on the individual.

      1. The issue is not the choice of artwork on your body, but because most Thais are devout Buddhists, they don’t like Buddha being used a decoration

        1. Very true, but many Thais have Buddha images (large and small) on various, visible parts of their bodies and they have been applied by an Arjahn.

          In all the Sak Yant I have seen, there is no “Buddha” face image, only outlines.

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