Sak Yant Designs and Meanings

Sak Yant Tattoo Meanings of the Traditional Thai Tattoo Designs

Understand the Sak Yant Meanings of Traditional Thai Tattoo Sak Yant Designs as described by Sak Yant Tattoo Masters.  This is often difficult to find out after the fact for a variety of reasons.  In the following article we will discuss some of the more common Sak Yant Tattoo meanings of various Designs.

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Why is it difficult to find out the Sak Yant Tattoo Meanings of Traditional Thai Tattoo Design’s?

Sak Yant Tattoo Rules
It takes years of study for Sak Yant Masters to learn magical languages to understand Sak Yant Tattoo Meanings.
A real Sak Yant uses the basic Sak Yant Design as a template and then the Sak Yant Master modifies the Sak Yant meaning by changing the spell to suit the individual specific wishes and desires.  This is why you can not get an Authentic Sak Yant from a Tattoo artist; who can not read the incorrect magical script and just copy someone else’s design and magical spells from online. Obviously you do not want to walk around with a Tattoo that says you want to recovery from drug addiction, control anger, or have increased sexual potency – unless this is why you got your Sak Yant.This is also a reason why you should have a Thai speaking person to help communicate your desires to a non English speaking Sak Yant Master. If you do not play a part in choosing your design and magical spell with assistance from someone who can explain it too you – discovering the mean can be difficult after the event.Apart from the Sak Yant Tattoo from a Tattoo studio having no meaning…. there are many reasons why people have difficulty finding out what a Sak Yant Tattoo means, however we hope the following helps

Translating Sak Yant Tattoo’s Complex magical concepts

Understanding the Sak Yant Designs and Meanings requires many years of training and knowledge. Knowledge of magical languages, symbolism of the Sak Yant Designs and the appropriate Sak Yant blessings associated with each Sak Yant Tattoo design.  It is very difficult for the Sak Yant Master to express this knowledge concisely, especially if you are unable to understand the Thai Language. 

You can avoid this by making sure you have an English speaking Master (very rare) or take a Thai speaking person along with you.

Different Sak Yant Tattoo Lineages and Styes

There are different traditions of Sak Yant, each with their own unique Sak Yant Tattoo design and meanings.  Some Sak Yant Masters do their best to learn about other styles, and some stick within their own school of training. 

A slight adjustment of any of the text, or change in position of a Sak Yant design component can change the meaning.  It can be difficult for even a very knowledgeable Master to know the meaning of a Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning from another Master. As they all add their own personalized knowledge to make each Sak Yant Designs have unique and personal Meanings

Sak Yant Designs from Tattoo Studio are Meaningless

The Sak Yant Designs you (and Tattoo shops) find online are purposely created wrong!  Sak Yant’s masters have skill that requires years of training to create magical texts and charge them with magical power.   The Sak Yant Masters can spot the mistakes in text and correct it to provide a Sak Yant that has a Meaning. 

If you received a Sak Yant design from a tattoo shop there is no meaning for your Thai tattoo, as most of the text in the design is purposely corrupted and unable to be corrected by a Tattoo Artist. 

Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

While it is a common to read online that Monks and Sak Yant Ajarns will choose your design for you – this only happens when you lack the preparation to chose it yourself.  You can discuss options with the Monks if you wish but overall, you can decide what design of Sak Yant you want.  After all the decision to get a Sak Yant tattoo is going to last a life time. 

You are also able to request the location of where on your body the Sak Yant will go.  Although certain Yantra designs are restricted in placement on the body and must go in certain places.


สักยันต์ – Sak Yant

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

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

For a detailed explanation read: What is a Sak Yant Tattoo

Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning of Master Yants

Getting Your First Sak Yant Tattoo Design

Typically your first Sak Yant Design will be one of Master Yant’s. These come (being master Yants) with a wide range of blessings that cover 95% of peoples desires .. are the

1) Hah Taew (Five Line)
2) Gao Yord (Buddha Peaks)
3) Paed Tidt (8 Direction)

Other, more complex and complicated Sak Yant designs such as animals and sacred geometry are seen as advanced talismans for more serious and dedicated believers.  If you are a westerner who is looking for your first Sak Yant, 95% of the time it will be one of these 3 Sak Yant Tattoo designs. Because the purpose and meaning of these Sak Yant Tattoo’s are universal and all encompassing. Take the MMPI Online

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The Sak Yant Tattoo Designs and Meaning

Hah Taew  | Five Line Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

Meanings of 5 Line Sak Yant Tattoo Traditional Thai Tattoo Design

Lanna Style Hah Taew | 5 Line Sak Yant

5 line sak yant tattoo meaning

Hah Taew Dok Bua Lotus | 5 Line Sak Yant

5 line sak yant tattoo meaning

The Hah Taew Sak Yant Design and Meaning

The Sak Yant Hah Taew (5 lines) dates its origin back over 700 years to the ancient Kingdom of Lanna which is now known as Northern Thailand. The Buddhist Monk credited with the design of the Hah Taew 5 Lines Sak Yant is Kruba Kam of Wat Ton Pin, a Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai, which unfortunately no longer exists today. Kruba Kam designed the Hah Taew at around the time King Mengrai founded the city of Chiang Mai in 1296.

Over the centuries, either by accident or design, the original 5 lines of script which were written in Khom, an ancient Khmer language, underwent several changes and in recent years, several Sak Yant Ajarns have completely replaced the original 5 lines of script with lines of their own.

The 5 lines of script (transcribed) used in the original Hah Taew design are:

Hah Taew Sak Yant Blessings

1. i ra cha ka ta ra sa
2. ti hang ja toh loh ti nang
3. soh ma na ga ri tah toh
4. pi sam lah loh pu sa pu
5. ka pu bam too tahm wa ka

Hah Taew, represents 5 yants or magical spells. Each one will be done individually and the following magical spells have been cast to do as described below.


  •  The first row prevents unjust punishment and leans in your favor when the area is grey, cleans out unwanted spirits and protects the place you live in.
  • The second row reverses and protects against bad horoscope constellations and bad fortune.
  • The third row protects you from the use of black magic and anyone who tries to put a curse on you.
  • The fourth row energizes your good luck, success and fortune in your future ambitions and life style.
  • The fifth row is to gain charisma and attraction to the opposite sex. It is also is a boost to the fourth row.
Muay Thai Tattoo 5 Line Sak Yant
Combination of 5 Line Sak Yant Tattoo

Chat Phet | Grao Paetch Diamond Armour Sak Yant

Diamond Armor Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

The Chat Phet Sak Yant Design and Meaning


The intricate design of the Yant Ha Chet Phet features five diamond shapes (Phet) which are interconnected, providing the wearer with spiritual armor (Chet)

The  Hah Chet Phet Sak Yant symbolizes an impenetrable spiritual armor that is believed to provide the wearer with protection from physical harm, danger and negative energy.  The five diamonds represent the protective powers of the five Buddha families – Akshobhya, Amitabha, Vairocana, Ratnasambhava, and Amoghasiddhi.

The Sak Yant Hah Chet Phet usually goes along with the 5 Line Sak Yant, as a balance in both symbolism and physical appearance.  A person can have one on each side of the shoulder with another Sak Yant Tattoo in the middle.

The Diamond Armor Sak Yant wearer represents the courage, resilience and protection and embodies the wearer’s strength and resolve. It’s believed that the person receiving the design will receive the abilities required to overcome challenges in life and adversities and act as a physical manifestation of an invisible, protective spiritual shield

Yant Grao Paetch Diamond Armour Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

Gao Yord Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

The 9 Peaks of Buddha Sak Yant Meaning of the Traditional Thai Tattoo Design

The Gao Yord is the “Yant Kru” or Master Yant and is a most sacred Buddhist tattoo with very wide ranging powers of protection and is quite possibly the most important of all the available Sak Yant designs. Many people will choose the Gao Yord as their first Sak Yant because of its universal powers and later add other Sak Yant designs of their choice.

The basic design of the Gao Yord represents the nine peaks of the mythical mountain of the Gods, Mount Meru. According to Hindu mythology, Mount Meru is the abode of the Lord Brahma as well as other Deities. In Buddhist mythology, Mount Meru is known as Sumeru.


The set of 3 ovals are a representation of the Lord Buddha and this grouping of 3 ovals can be seen in many other Sak Yant designs. The Gao Yord Yant has 9 Buddhas represented, with each Buddha bestowing special powers or spells. In some versions of the Gao Yord, there is a Mantra or Katha tattooed at the base of the design. The script used is Khom, an ancient Khmer script, and gives the abbreviation for the names of these nine Buddhas as follows;

A, Sang, Wi, Su, Loe, Pu, Sa, Pu, Pa


In the centre of the Gao Yord design is a patchwork of small squares, the magic box, (although in some designs the outlines are not shown but only the contents), each square containing an abbreviation (in Khom) for the names of all the protection spells that this Yant will bestow. The exact number of these small squares can vary according to the design but the powers granted to the wearer will always include the following.

Gao Yord Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning - The Blessings

Gao Yord 9 Peaks Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning
The Sak Yant Gao Yord will protect the wearer against evil spirits and all forms of “Black Magic”.
  • Maeta Ma Hah Niyom: With this blessing you will be treated by others with great loving kindness and compassion which will improve your popularity and help you to gain preferential treatment.
  • Klaeoklad: This benefit ensures that the wearer will not suffer serious injury.
  • Chana Satru: The ability to defeat the enemy.
  • Ma Hah Amnat: This will give the wearer great power, authority and control over other people.
  • Awk Seuk: A willingness to go to war or to fight battles for those who have your loyalty and the desire to fight for what is right.
  • Kong Kra Phan: This will provide Magical protection and invincibility.
  • Oopatae: This will ensure that in whatever enterprise or business activities the wearer is involved in they will have the ability to do the work correctly and ensures that everything will run smoothly.
  • Ma Hah Saneh: This will give you charm and increase your popularity and attractiveness with the opposite sex.
  • Ma Hah Lap: This will bring great good fortune and luck.
  • Noon Chataa: This benefit will improve your destiny, fate
  • Pong Gan Antarai: This will give protection against accidents including natural disasters as well as giving protection against acts of violence.
  • Nah Tee Gan Ngan Dee: This benefit will help you to improve your circumstances at work

Paed Tidt Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

The 8 Direction Sak Yant Meaning of the Traditional Thai Tattoo Design

The Sak Yant design ‘Paed Tidt’ or Eight Direction Yant is a sacred Geometric Yant containing eight Mantras written in 2 concentric circles in the center of the design. The design of the Paed Tidt Yant also incorporates eight representations of the Buddha. These are the groups of 3 ovals each increasing in size from the top.


In Thailand, there is a Buddha image, each one in a different pose, for every day of the week. (On Wednesdays there are 2 Buddhas, one for the morning and one for the evening) and these 8 Buddha Images can be seen in many Thai temples, usually surrounding a Chedi.


The Itipiso Eight Directions Sak Yant Meaning

ITIPISO 8 DIRECTIONThe Itipiso Eight Directions is another version of the Paed Tidt Sak Yant Design. The charm of Itipiso 8 directions has many aspects of Buddhism.

Because it is calling the gods to protect in different directions, thus making them invincible, disappearing, fleeing and protecting themselves from various dangers.

The Itipiso 8 Direction Sak Yant is an example of the different designs created by different temples for the same meaning before the development of roadways and easier travel.  It has since been included into many Sak Yant Masters design books as an alternative image that represents the same aspects as the 8 Direction Sak Yant

Paed Tidt Sak Yant Meaning - The Blessings

The Sak Yant Paed Tidt will protect the wearer against harm when travelling in all directions

The Paed Tidt Yant will give you protection in whichever direction you are traveling and ward off evil spirits. The script used on the Paed Tidt Yant is an ancient Khmer script known as Khom. The Mantras written in the Paed Tidt Yant and which should be chanted when going out to give further protection are as follows.



  • I Ra Cha Ka Tha Ra Saa (chant when traveling to the east – also chant and blow into your food for protection against illness/danger)
  • Thi Hang Ja Thoe Roe Thi Nang (chant when traveling Southeast)
  • Bi Sam Ra Loe Bu Sath Put (chant when traveling south )
  • Soe Maa Na Ga Ri Taa Toe (chant when traveling Southwest)
  • Pa Sam Sam Wi Sa Tae Pa (chant when traveling West)
  • Ka Put Ban Tuu Tam Wa Ka (chant when traveling Northwest)
  • Waa Toe Noe A Ma Ma Waa (chant when traveling North)
  • A Wich Su Nuch Saa Nu Thi (chant when traveling Northeast)Heart of Ithibisoe Mantra (Kata) is;
  • A Sang Wi Su Loe Bu Sa Pu Pa

Hanuman Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

The Monkey God Sak Yant Meaning of the Traditional Thai Tattoo Design

Hanuman is the Hindu mythical Monkey God in the time of Rama and  is invincible and has powers far greater than humans, including the ability to fly. In Thai culture Hanuman leads a monkey army to rid the world of unwanted spirits. His main traits were humility and bravery, he was looked upon as hope for humanity, demonstrating to man that a mortal being can in fact rise above the shallowness of our worldly plain.


There are different variations of Sak Yants with Hanuman. It is obtained and used to bestow the wearer with the qualities of protection  from danger as well as becoming fearless in the face of adversity. Hanuman also helps to strengthen self-confidence and can influence people on your behalf. It is also said to help one stay focused and gives the determination needed to see something through to a successful conclusion.

Hanuman sak yant tattoo meaning
Bearers of Hanuman Yants are protected from danger as well as becoming fearless in the face of adversity. Hanuman also helps to strengthen self-confidence and can influence people on your behalf.

Hanuman (Monkey God) Sak Yant Meaning - The Blessings

The following Blessings come with the Hanuman Sak Yant


  • Maeta ma hah niyom: With this blessing you will be treated by others with great loving kindness and compassion which will improve your popularity and help you to gain preferential treatment
  • Klaeoklad: Most people at some time will have an accident. This benefit ensures that the wearer will not suffer serious injury.
  • Chana Satru: The ability to defeat the enemy.
  • Ma hah Amnat: This will give the wearer great power, authority and control over other people.
  • Awk Seuk: A willingness to go to war or to fight battles for those who have your loyalty and the desire to fight for what is right.
  • Kong Kra Phan: Magical protection and invincibility.

Suea | Tiger Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

The Twin Tiger Sak Yant Meaning of the Traditional Thai Tattoo Design

Twin Tiger Sak Yant Meaning and design
Represents Power and Authority.  

The Twin Tiger Sak Yant Tattoo is common among Thai people with dangerous occupations and Muay Thai Fighters.  The Tiger represents strength, power, protection and conviction, as well as authority over ones subordinates.


The Tiger Sak Yant also offer help in business dealings and used by entrepreneurs to find the strength and mental resolve to find success in business. Twin tigers represent more power, as would two tigers in reality. This one is a favorite for those seeking extra power in their lives.


The Twin Tiger Sak Yant is very popular with military personnel, police, businessmen and politicians.

The Suea Hiaw lang Tiger Sak Yant Design and Meaning

Looking Back Tiger Sak Yant Meaning

Suea Hiaw lang, or “tiger looking back” represents protection from behind, having the Tiger watching your back. Most of the animal Yants have the attributes of that animal, the tiger has stealth, speed and power.

This Yant is suitable for people with authority and respect. As well as giving the bearer a fearful aura, it also represents compassion and kindness. This Yant is said to be helpful in business negotiations, managing employees, finances and helps develop communication skills. 

It is said that the tiger looking back is best suited to those who are highly respected in the community. This Yant requires that the wearer must be a responsible and caring person and use their authority in a positive way.

Tiger Looking Back Sak Yant Meaning
Someone to watch your Back

Phra Pikanesa Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

The Ganesh (Elephant) Sak Yant Meaning of the Traditional Thai Tattoo Design

Ganesh Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning
Ganesh will bring Business and Financial Prosperity

This is a popular Yant design. Ganesh, also known to Hindus as Vinayaka or Ganapati, has an elephant head. He has been worshiped for centuries in the Hindu religion. There are several versions of how Ganesh came to be, some believe that Ganesh was a child conceived by Shiva and Parvati while others say that the Goddess Parvati made Ganesh because she was unhappy because her husband, Shiva would not allow her any privacy. She breathed life into an effigy and called it Ganesh, her son, instructing him to block the path of anyone who tried to enter her chambers.

Later when Shiva approached his house, he noticed the boy Ganesh and thought he was spying on his wife. Outraged, he produced a sword and lopped off Ganesh’s head. Parvati was heartbroken and ordered her husband to cut off the head of the first living thing he saw and attach it to Ganesh. It so happened that the first living thing Shiva encountered was an elephant. Another says that Ganesh was born by the elephant headed goddess Malini after she drank some of Parvati’s bath water. This design is popular with people connected to the arts such as singers, actors and musicians. It is associated with material wealth and also guarding valuable assets.

Soy Sung Warn Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

The Necklace Sak Yant Meaning of the Traditional Thai Tattoo Design

This Soy sung warn (Necklace) Sak Yant Meaning represents invulnerability and is similar in design to a necklace.

It is believed to be especially powerful in ensuring that no weapon would be able to harm the wearer’s body when protected by this magic. Especially blows to the neck.

In ancient times warriors would wear this across their chest to protect them from danger and harm.

Warriors also believed that no weapon could harm their bodies if they wore this sacred Yant.

This is a particularly popular Sak Yant design for soldiers and Muay Thai fighters in current times.

It provides the wearer with:

Protection from weapons Harm

Yant Soy Sung Warn
The Necklace Sak Yant Tattoo | Soy Sung Warn

Hong Ku Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

The Golden Swan Sak Yant Meaning of the Traditional Thai Tattoo Design

Yant Hong Ku Sak Yant Design and Meaning (Double Sawm)
The Golden Swan Sak Yant Tattoo

The Hong Ku Sak Yant Meaning (The Golden Swan) – There are traditional tales stating that during one of the Lord Buddha’s many lives he came to earth as a magical Golden Swan and lived in the forest.

So spectacular was he that every other bird in the forest revered him as their charismatic leader.

On the day the Golden Swan met his final moments by swimming into a trap he did not panic nor scream for help.  Instead he calmly warned others not to swim in the trapped pool and urged them to fly as far away as possible.

This act of brave, unselfish conviction saw the Golden Swan gladly sacrifice himself so many others could be saved from his fate.

Wearers of the Hong Ku Yant are granted the gift of:

Observational powers & the ability to associate with virtues of self-sacrifice & kindness

Phra Ra Hu Ohm Chan Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

The Moon Eater Sak Yant Meaning of the Traditional Thai Tattoo Design

The Phra Ra Hu Ohm Chan or Lord of darkness/Moon Eater Sak Yant tattoo meaning

In Thailand, belief in Rahu is influenced by Hinduism combined with Buddhism and also local faiths. Rahu assumes the image of the villain. Rahu is a symbol of evil omen or bad luck and is usually related to undesirable

Thai society recognizes Rahu as the asura who has a black half body and is often depicted as swallowing the sun or the moon.

Represents protection, To prevent harm harms and dangers. To reflect away all bad things.

Yantra Rahu Om Chan Help protect against all dangers. dispel bad luck help support the destiny lighten the heavy burden Turn bad things into good ones.


Ra hu om Chan Sak Yant Meaning
Rahu Ohm Chan Sak Yant Design

Prachao Ha Praong Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

The 5 Blessings of Buddha Sak Yant Meaning of the Traditional Thai Tattoo Design

Prachao Ha Praong Sak Yant Meaning
The 5 Blessings of Buddha Sak Yant Tattoo

Prachao Ha Praong Sak Yant Design can be translated as “The 5 Blessings of Buddha” which are chanted as ‘Na-Mo-Put-Ta-Ya’.

Although less known it is considered as one of the “Yant Kru” (fundamental Yant). These sacred utterances (Mantras) are usually pronounced over and over by Buddhist monks, in order to enter a high level of meditation. They can be found in many Buddhist representations.

While this design is less well known to the general public it is considered to be a fundamental Yant (“Yant Kru) for Sak Yant disciples and are to be found regularly in Buddhist representations.

Wearing this design is said to bring:

Good Luck
Well Being
Protection from any potential surrounding bad spirits

Compassion and Charm Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

Chai Chana Mongkon Sak yant Sak Yant Tattoo Design and Meaning

Yant Chai Chana Mongkon

The Chai Chana Mongkon Sak Yant that represents and bears about  Kindness, Compassion and Good Fortune to the wearer

Pra Jao Ha Pra Ong Sak Yant Tattoo Design and Meaning

Huwjai Praphutachaw Sak Yant Design and Meaning

The Yant Phutson is regarded as “Maha Yant” (highest level of Yants). Often referred to as Buddha’s Diamond Sak Yant

It is believed to support wearers to be loved, lucky and increased charm along with protection against physical harm, accidents and negative influences.

The Yant Phutson is associated with inner strength and resilience helping the wearing to overcome challenges and obstacles within their lives.

Dok Mai Sawan Sak Yant  Design and Meaning

Dokmai Sawan Sak Yant Design and Meaning

This Yant represents kindness, popularity and prosperity.

It will aid the wearer in business negotiations and in their finances.

It is believed to help to boost the success of business ventures and the advancement of one’s career.

Animal Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning of the Traditional Thai Tattoo Design

Jorakhae Crocodile Sak Yant Tattoo Design and Meaning


The crocodile is a Sak Yant that represents strength and power. The crocodile is one of the oldest species on the planet and represents the endurance that comes from this. For this reason it is a good source of protection from dangers from occupations that involve risk such as Police, Armed Forces or Firemen. The crocodile also has incredibly tough skin so it offers great protection against swords, blades … anything that can pierce the skin.


Having been around for a long time the crocodile has developed good instincts and can provide wisdom that protect against manipulation and experience to help the person understand deceit.

Mangkorn Dragon Sak Yant Tattoo Design and Meaning


The dragon is one of the most interesting and powerful of the mythical beasts. The dragon is a fire breathier and uses this destructive force destroy its enemies.  Because of these destructive powers, it is feared among it’s foes.


This Yant offers protection from physical harm and also from the bad influence of others. It also is said to bring the bearer good fortune and is popular among military personal and government officials.

The Dtao Ruen - Turtle Sak Yant  Design and Meaning


It is believed that Buddha was once incarnated as a turtle. During that lifetime, the turtle grew to be the size of a house, hence the name Dtao Reun (turtle house). The Turtle Sak Yant offers the bearer wealth and prosperity, good luck and a long life. It is also a very lucky animal in Chinese traditions. It is said that this Yant can help one to eliminate emotional suffering.


The turtle is a symbol of the earth and has a mythology connection to the earth element.  It has patience and good navigational skills. This animal is said to have many female attributes such as patience, the power to heal disease, knowing one’s own boundaries and respecting the boundaries of others. It offers the best physical protection, has a long life and is very independent. It is also known for tenacity and resourcefulness. The turtle has a non-violent defense.

Payamee (Bears) Sak Yant Tattoo Design and Meaning

Payaa Hmee Sak Yant Design and meaning

The Payamee Sak Yant represents a bear and offers protection and power.

It will grant the wearer invincibility and strength.

It is believed that the powerful virtues of Buddha are imbued in the design.

It will help give strength to the one who wears it and motivate them to push forward and avoid any blockage or obstacles hindering them in life.


Takarb (Centipede) Sak Yant Tattoo Design and Meaning

Takhab Sak Yant Design and Meaning

Yant Takarb or “Centipede Yant” is a design that represents practicality, sensibility, balance, invulnerability and protection.

The centipede has a long body and a lot of legs which represents protection.

The two moustaches represent apperception.
The two tails represent patience.
The two canines represent conscience.
The two eyes represent gratefulness.

The centipede is endowed with excellent balance and coordination.

It has the power to sustain stress and has a gracefulness that can be seen in all its movements.

Its powerful virtues will bring you protection and help you avoid danger and harm.

The Plali - Eel Sak Yant Design and Meaning

Eel Sak Yant Design and Meaning

The Plali Sak Yant represents kindness and luck.

The power of virtues in this design will bring you business success, popularity, mercy and charm.

The eel talisman will provide the wearer with success in everything they choose to do in life.

It will bring good fortune that flows smoothly just like an eel that has smooth flow and movement.

It is believed that this design will help the one who wears it to navigate smoothly through life and give them great power so their enemies cannot defeat them.

Mixed Combination Full Back Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

Full Back Sak Yant Tattoo
Combination Mixed Back Sak Yants

Combination full back Sak Yants designs are becoming more popular as people wish to obtain all their Sak Yants in a single sitting.  Generally doing your Sak Yants this way is not the traditional way, and many Sak Yant Masters are reluctant to provide them

However, the Sak Yant Masters also appreciate that many students of the Sak Yant do not live in Thailand, and do not have the same opportunity as locals to obtain their Sak Yants over time as required in the traditional way.

Some of the Sak Yant Masters working along side Sak Yant Chiang Mai, will provide a full back combination of the Sak Yant, so long as the person has read up on the meanings of the Sak Yant and can say why they want certain designs in a single sitting.  The overall meaning of the total full back Sak Yant can be changed and worked on for an individual.  Generally the overall meaning is mixed and is a combination of the various Sak Yant designs chosen.

Full Back Sak Yant Design Buddha
Full Back Sak Yant Design twin Tigers
Full Back Sak Yant Tattoo Reisui
Full Back Sak Yant Tattoo Muay Thai with 29 Peaks

The Full Back (or front) Sak Yant requires many hours to complete and you can get a guide as to the time and cost involved on our Sak Yant Pricing Page

FlipBook of all Sak Yant Designs and Meanings and Costs


Unlike many Tattoo Shops and Sak Yant providers who will use a double pricing system and not display the cost of their Sak Yant Tattoo’s.  At Sak Yant Chiang Mai we are open and transparent about our pricing. 

Here you can view our standard Sak Yant Designs and costs catalog, which tells you how long the design will take and how much it will cost using either our In-House or Temple Visit services.


The Meaning of Sak Yant Design’s Components

The lines drawn in the Yant represent the Umbilical Cord of the Buddha, and are traditionally known as 'The Bones of the Yant'. There are many varied forms of Yantra, it appears, such as; Round Yant, Triangular Yant, Four - Sided Yant, and even Pictorial ones..

Round Sak Yant Design

Represents the Face of the Buddha (Pra Pakt Khong Pra Putta Jao) in Brahmin Tradition, Brahma is applied as the meaning.

Triangular Sak Yant Design

Represents the Triple Gem of the Buddha Dharma and Sangha (Pra Put, Pra Tamm, Pra Songk). In Brahmin Tradition the three Lords of Heaven are applied as the meaning (Shiva Brahma, Vishnu)

Four sided Sak Yant Design

Represents the Four Elements / Continents (Earth, Water, Air and Fire)

Pictorial Sak Yant Design

(Animistic) – represents various Angels, People, and Mythical Animals (Sathw Himapant)

Represents The Buddha Himself.

Half Moon Sak Yant Design

Symbol to be seen above “Onk Pra” so often represents the Moon Illuminating the way for us in the Dark Hours

Small Circle Sak Yant Design

(Sun Symbol) to be seen above many Yant means the Sun lighting way in the daytime; and that all Humans and Living beings exist under the influences of the stars and Planets, and that these forces enable us to develop and brings Changes.

Zig-Zag Sak Yant Design

Spiral line on the top of each Yant is called Unaalome. Unaalome represents the Saints who have attained the status of Enlightened beings. The Fetters of desire have been disentangled and discarded. These beings do not waver on their path as normal Humans do (Note the end of the zig zag evolves into a straight line, meaning that he has ceased to enter into diversion and is on a straight, direct path to Nirvana.

The spiral in the middle represents the Crown of the Head of the Buddha. The Line of the Unaalome is straight and unwavering – Perfect and complete.

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