Ed Sheeran Sak Yant Tattoo Design and Meaning

Ed Sheeran Thai Tattoo Meaning

Ed Sheeran Sak Yant Tattoo is called Jatutit Yantra - a combination of a modified Fon Saen Ha or Rain Talisman design (able to be placed below the waist) incorporating the Itipiso Paed Tidt (8 Direction) Magical Text and Blessing. This is a custom Sak Yant made by Ajarn Neng especially for Ed, that can only be obtained by a Real Sak Yant Master.

Ed Sheeran's Traditional Thai Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

What does Ed Sheeran Sak Yant Traditional Thai Tattoo Mean?

Ed Sheeran Thai Sak Yant Tattoo

During his Thailand tour in February 2024, Musican Ed Sheeran made headlines when he got a traditional Thai Sak Yant Tattoo from Ajarn Neng in Bangkok.  After consultation with Ed’s handlers a month before the visit Ajarn Neng chose to create a unique Sak Yant by using a modified Rain Talisman design incorporating the Paed Tidt (8 Direction) meaning for Ed Sheerans Sak Yant Tattoo for placement on the leg. Ajarn Neng calls this “Jatutit Yantra”

The Paed Tidt is a Master Yant that cannot be placed below the waist due to its Buddhist significance as a major Sak Yant Design. Ed Sheeran’s tattoos are well known among his fans, and it was no surprise to hear him say he no longer had space on his upper body and requested a traditional Thai Tattoo below the waist on his leg.

Because Ed Sheerans traditional Thai Sak Yant was created by a real Sak Yant Master and who was able to read, understand and change the magical script within the design and create something unique for Ed Sherran.  For those interested in receiving the same type of Thai cultural tattoo it is important to know and avoid the fake replicas preformed all over Thailand that have no significance by a ‘Bamboo Tattoo Artist‘.  A real Sak Yant Master will be able to create (and often do) the same unique magical Sak Yant that looks similar but is specific to the person getting it.

Ed Sheeran Sak Yant Thai Tattoo | Importance of getting a Real Sak Yant Tattoo

When Ed Sheeran got his Sak Yant Tattoo, his handlers ensured that he did not make the same mistake as many tourists in Thailand do and get a Fake Sak Yant from a normal tattoo shop displaying their replicas as Bamboo Tattoos.  The Real Sak Yant Tattoo is a highly respected part of Thailands culture and traditions which has sadly become one of Thailands biggest Tourists Scams for the unsuspecting tourist.

A Real Sak Yant from an Authentic Sak Yant Master means that the Master can actually read the magical script and change it to personalize the meaning of the Tattoo.  This is exactly what happened with Ed Sheeran Sak Yant Tattoo, as the Master customized the magical script within the design, giving it a personalized meaning and then blessed the traditional tattoo with power. 

This authentic process for Ed Sheeran’s Thailand Tattoo stands in stark contrast to the mass-produced imitations often found in regular tattoo shops. At regular Thailand Tattoo Shops the artist has no knowledge of authentic Sak Yants. The design itself from the Tattoo shop will be incorrect so it is essentially a meaningless tattoo devoid of any Spirituality. 

Whereas Ed Sheeran Thai Tattoo includes the meanings associated with the 8 Direction Master Yant as it had the text changed and personalized for him and the qualities and intentions he requested for his design.

Ed Sheeran Sak Yant Offering
Ed Sheeran Sak Yant Tattoo from a Real Sak Yant Master includes the rituals and offerrings

What is a Sak Yant - สักยันต์

Sak    – meaning “to tap” or, “to tattoo”

Yant   – meaning “Yantra”. Originally derived from the Sanskrit word “Yantra”.

When receiving a traditional Sak Yant tattoo it will consist of 3 different components:

The Design
The Magic Script
Mantra Prayer Blessing.

Sak Yant is thought to have originated more than 2,000 years ago from Tai tribes living in Southwestern China and Northwest Vietnam. The art gradually spread southwards into Asia, but nowadays its main practitioners are to be found in Thailand and Cambodia. 

These designs are made up of sacred geometrical, animal or deity designs and are completed with Pali script. These elaborate tattoos, characterized by geometric designs, are believed to grant the bearer protection, luck, fortune, and strength. Typically applied using a metal rod in a meticulous hand-poked style, they serve as potent symbols of faith and resilience.

Details of each of Ed Sheeran Thailand Tattoo Designs and Meanings

Ed Sheeran Sak Yant Design Meaning Meaning | Fon Saen Ha Rain Sak Yant

Ed Sheeran Sak Yant Tattoo design
The Rain Talisman was done on Ed Sheerans Leg but with a different magical text

The Fon Saen Ha or rain talisman Yant is traditional used as a cloth or medal amulet that can be soaked in water and applied for healing.  Additionally in Thailand where monsoon season produces some heavy rainfalls and flooding people in the rural communities would often seek protection from the harm that can be created from storms.

The Fon Saen Ha Sak Yant offers additional benefits of protection from bullets even if they come ‘in the rain”. And money flow into your life through commerce with great floods of wealth.

Now it is unlikely that Ed Sheeran desired a Sak Yant Tattoo for protection of rain or to increase his wealth.  During the consultation with Ajarn Neng, the topic of constant travel and the dangers of fame the idea design would be the 8 Directions Sak Yant with its protection from harm and danger either coming from the outside or as you venture forth. However the Paed Tidt or 8 Direction Sak Yant needs to be applied as close to the head as possible.


Ed Sheeran Thai Tattoo Meaning | Itipiso Eight Directions Sak Yant

Ed Sheeran Thai Tattoo Design and Meaning
Ed Sheeran Sak Yant Tattoo Design and Meaning is a combination of the Fon Saen Ha design with the Itipiso 8 Direction meaning

itipiso 8 Direction Sak YantThe Itipiso Paed Tidt Yant which is used as an example in the viral video of Ed Sheerans Sak Yant experience for an explanation of the meanings to be transposed into his Sak Yant.

The Itipiso 8 Direction will give you protection in whichever direction you are traveling and ward off evil spirits. The script used on the Paed Tidt Yant is usually an ancient Khmer script known as Khom. 

The Mantras written in the Paed Tidt Yant are desired to protect the wearer from harm when they are travelling in any direction, or from danger coming from any direction when they are settled in a location.

This Sak Yant is particular popular with people in dangerous occupations such as the Police, Soliders and even criminals.  It is also one of the most sort after Sak Yants by Tourists who can use it to protect themselves from danger and harm that might come to them while they travel.  It can protect from both physical harm intended towards you, bad luck (like being scammed or robbed).

In the case of Ed Sheerans Thai Tattoo, the khata or magical spells associated with the 8 Direction where transposed into the Rain Design because of the placement on his leg. 

Ed Sheerans Sak Yant Design and Meaning | Putting it together

Ed Sheeran Sak Yant Tattoo Blessing
Ed Sheerans Sak Yant Meaning comes from the 3 aspects of what make a real and authentic Sak Yant Tattoo.

The meaning of a Sak Yant Tattoo is the combination of the 3 aspects of the Sak Yant Ritual which include

1) The Design

This is the picture or design of the Sak Yant. While all Sak Yants come with their own meaning implicit to the design, if you like a certain design, it might be able to be used but changed to include the Kata and Blessing elements into the final meaning

2) The Khata

This includes the magic spells within the mind of the Sak Yant master as they create the Sak Yant. The master is reciting special prayers as they apply the design so that it becomes filled with the desired intention of the final design.

The Kata also includes the text written around the Sak Yant. This text is usually presented incorrectly in drawn images you find online and are corrected by the Master. This is design to keep the knowledge so that only those qualified to give Sak Yants can give them.

3) The Ritual

An offering is made at the beginning of a Sak Yant to honor the Master and the Tradition.

A final blessing given at the end of the Sak Yant Process. Special intentions and desires can be requested for this. The Blessing of the Sak Yant can only be done by an Authentic Sak Yant Master trained in the magical arts.

Don’t get Fake Sak Yants from Tattoo Parlors

Ed Sheeran did not get his Sak Yant’s from a Tattoo Parlor in Thailand

ed Sheeran traditional thai tattoo
Ed Sheeran's Sak Yant (like any real Sak Yant by an authentic Master) is done after consultation to determine the intention and desires required by the magical Blessing

As you learned above, there are 3 aspects of a real and authentic Sak Yant Tattoo.  Because of these different aspects, the ability to communicate with your Sak Yant Master is important so that they can create a design with a meaning that is specific to you.

Ed Sheeran Sak Yant Tattoo, involved having an English speaking guide to translate why he was there and what he wanted from his experience.  He consulted with the Sak Yant Master who modified the magical text and the blessing afterwards to create this special meaning of Ed Sheerans Sak Yant.

If you go to a Tattoo Shop, the artist will not be able to read the special text, and you will end up with (at best) an ancient script to protect you from rain, (at worst) an image with meaningless dribble.  Neither really warrants having a permanent tattoo.  This can be avoided by seeking a Real Sak Yant Master who knows what they are doing and save yourself the embarrassment of having a tattoo shop Fake Sak Yant for the rest of your life. 

You can find more details at the following articles. 

Sak Yants Myths and Information and

Why you don’t get a Sak Yant from a Tattoo Shop.


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Jeremy Gleeson
Jeremy Gleeson
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Felix Allen
Felix Allen
I got my first Sak Yant done here and had a great experience. I received the Gao Yord design by Ajarn Beer, who was extremely quick and produced a great looking tattoo which I am very happy with.
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Miriam Lam
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