He’s the owner of one of the most popular tattoo studios in Bangkok’s trendiest district Thonglor. He runs with some of the most influential, if not only, Thai hip hop crew, ‘the BKK Invaders’ and super-popular music group ‘Thaitanium‘. Petchy Wan is the MAN. And he gives us a taste of BKK tattoo and hip hop culture.
We’re not groupies, at least not in the sexual sense, but Petchy Wan is undoubtedly ’kind of a big deal’. He is busy stirring up Bangkok’s tattoo scene while adding a mega dose of hip hop to the mix. When he is not MC-ing in the hottest clubs, doing radio shows, at the shop or running BKK, he takes time to do interviews with people like us (don’t we feel special). Read on to see which celebrity’s face he would tattoo on his body and where to find the best underground hip hop spots.
How long has Tattoo O.D.[stands for 'overdose', go figure.]
been in existence and why did you decide to start a Tattoo
Studio in Thong Lor?
We just had our 1st anniversary on June 9th, 2012. I wanted
to put the shop in Thong Lor area 'cause I know the area well and I've got lots of friends close by.
*Check out this video of Petchy Wan talking about "Tattoo OD"
If Bangkok had a personality, what three adjectives would
you use to describe it?
Crazy, sexy, sleepless!!! lol!!!
Describe and compare the hip hop scene in Bangkok and in
the US. Talk about the history and relevance to Thai culture.
Can't really compare. Hip hop in Thailand is still young.
But I can tell you hip hop is alive in Thailand!!
How did you become interested in hip hop?
Well I first heard "Tribe" it just blew my mind!! Back in
boarding school in '92. People's Instinctive Travels and the
Paths of Rhythm got me! lolPetchy Wan in front of Tattoo OD Studio
Do you have a "special tattoo" in a "special" place?
No. Not yet, lol!
Name three of the best venues to hear hip hop in Bangkok?
Flix & Slim, Route66 and Bed
Are there any underground places that the average tourist
may not know?
Try 'The Beatlounge' for old school and classic hip hop
What are some spots where you can buy hip hop clothing in
Siam square: 9face, Neversaycutz, Kikky Ape, V.A.C and
Who are some of Bangkok's best hip hop deejays?
My crew 'BKK Invaders', DJ Spydamonkee and DJ Dragon
The BKK Inavaders Crew
What are three things people have to do in Bangkok?
Eat, massage, and get a tattoo, haha!
Who are some of your favorite artists?
Snoop, Dr. Dre, A Tribe Called Quest, Outkast, Wu-Tang,
NWA, Jay-z, Beastie Boys and KRS1. Well, mostly anything
from the 90's era.
Have you done any tats for celebrities?
We inked some famous Thai celebs. We also did a tattoo for
pro bmx rider, Catfish. Our studio was featured on his
show where he goes around the world filming. But by mistake,
he said we were in Indonesia! Booo! Haha.
Do you ever get tired of people asking for sak yant tattoos?
No. It represents our culture to the world!
For the tattoo-lovin' ladies, do you have a girlfriend or
are you married?
Sorry, I'm off the market!
If you had to tattoo a famous person's face on yourself,
who would it be?
Snoop tha dogg father!!
If you could tattoo 3 celebrities, who would it be and why?
Umm... Dre, JayZ, Yeezy!
What are some of your favorite places to travel and why?
All the islands down south! Beautiful beaches, calm blue
sea... need I say more?
If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where
would you go and why?
Amster-dammmm! Why? I forgot! LOL!
What makes you 'Nomadik'?
We're just like you!! hahah
Okay, we'll take that.
'Live the Life' Part 2 Tattoo O.D. Studio with Petchy Wan