Are you thinking about getting a tattoo while you are in Cambodia? I got mine done end of August, right as I was about to leave the country.. and I chose Sun, who was based in Sihanoukville at the time. Now, he has a new shop open in Phnom Penh! Check out the AsiaLife article here: http://asialifeguide.com/News-Events/get-inked.html?-events
Here is why I chose Sun out of all the tattoo places there are in Cambodia.
It’s clean. This is the utmost important thing to consider if you want to get a tattoo in Southeast Asia.. This was something I was most nervous about… I wasn’t nervous about the pain (because I don’t really have a problem with it) but I was nervous about whether I can trust the equipments and how thoroughly sanitized they were.
Sun’s a pretty serious tattoo artist from Korea, with 15 years of experience. Knowing the laws in Korea, I’m sure sanitation was THE MOST important thing.. which is why I trusted that he would carry that on even in Cambodia.
The final thing that made me choose Sun is because he was very serious about making sure that I really wanted my tattoo. When I came to see him, he sat down with me, and asked me a bunch of questions to help me think through if I really wanted to…. go through with it. He asked me why I wanted it, what the design meant to me, and every single detail about it. I really appreciated this since I was starting to get cold feet and rethinking about it myself.. but when he walked me through it, I knew I really wanted to get it done!
He is a tattoo artist. He tweaked some parts of my design to make it look better. I had a basic idea of what I wanted but it wasn’t set and stone. He changed a few lines and angles to make it perfect! He also tweaked my friend’s tattoo for free and turned it into an amazing lotus flower!
So, if you are thinking about getting a tattoo in Cambodia, don’t hesitate to visit Sun’s new studio in Phnom Penh:
5A Street# 90
Tel: 077 220 233
Open Daily: 10am – 11pm
Tattoo aftercare they tell you in Cambodia is a little different from what you read online or what they tell you in the U.S. I was a little worried about it first, but that’s how people in Cambodia do it, and it hasn’t been a problem. It’s important to let your tattoo breathe.. but with the blazing sun in Cambodia, it is rather detrimental. Wear thin shirts and let it air out at night, and it should be fine! :) Let me know if you have any questions!