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.