Jeffrey Miller

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Some more ink from Thailand’s tattoo guru Jimmy Wong

It’s a quiet May Friday night in Bangkok (the first time I have ever been in Thailand during the month of May) and I am back sitting in my favorite chair at Jimmy Wong’s tattoo studio.

I say my favorite chair because I have spent many nights in this chair getting inked by Jimmy. Three years and countless late night ink sessions I have come here for Jimmy to work his magic. Like some gravitational force pulling me—as soon as I walk down Sukhumvit Soi 5 and turn down the small passageway which leads to his studio—the chair awaits me as does the needle gun and ink.

I am only in town for a few days, but at least I will be able to squeeze in a few hours for Jimmy to add some more ink to the Thai-style chest piece he started to do for me a year ago. It’s a little strange only having Jimmy do a few hours this time, but that’s okay. I will be back here again in July.

It’s good to see Jimmy and catch up on the past couple of months. Jimmy always tells me that I am part of the Wong family and that is how I feel whenever I am back in his studio whether to get some ink done or just talk.

The last night I was here was in November right before I flew to Japan and then back to the States for two months. Back then I didn’t know where I was going to end up—whether I was going to be in Thailand or back in Korea. Well, I ended up back in Korea and although I don’t have the kind of vacation time that I had before, when I do, you can be assured that I am going to be right back here in my favorite chair having Jimmy finish up the ink stylings he has created for me.


  1. Thanks for sharing Jeff 🙂

  2. Jeffrey Miller

    June 2, 2007 at 5:14 am

    My pleasure Gibby. I am looking forward to having Jimmy finish this tattoo in July. There is still much work to be done (there is still a second part to the tattoo which goes below the design you see here). Thanks again for your comments.

  3. Oh, wow, Jeff, yours makes my little movie clapper on my chest look like shit.

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