The sacred art of Buddhist tattoos, or Sak Yant.
A mysterious history! Devotees believe the tattoos have magical powers that can protect them from bullets, or improve their luck, help attract a mate, or turn their lives around.
Sak Yant are painful, done by a knitting-needle-sized instrument dipped in what some believe to be magical ink.
Photographer David Longstreath shot these photos and this gallery at the famed Wat Bang Phra temple in Thailand during a sacred tattoo festival, known as “Wai Kru.”