Thais turn to tattoos to remember late King Bhumibol

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BANGKOK, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Days after widely revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej died, many Thais are heading to tattoo parlors to get a lasting memory of the only monarch they have ever known.

In the seaside resort town of Pattaya, the Skin Art Tattoo parlor offered up to 50 free tattoos per day between Saturday and Monday, media reported, while in Bangkok tattoo artists are worked off their feet.

The Sak Lai Tattoo Studio in a popular shopping district of central Bangkok has prepared several tattoo designs in honor of the late king, including the number 9 in Thai because he was ninth king of the country's 234-year-old Chakri Dynasty.

"It's a way to express and record their own story of love and devotion to our king," said Esara Usada, 55, who has been a tattoo artist for two decades and owns Sak Lai.

His tattoo artist wife, Tapanee Prasitsuk, said they are fully booked for the next month.

Prices for a tattoo at their parlor start at 2,000 baht ($57). But as a tribute to the late king, prices for king-related tattoos will start at 1,000 baht, Tapanee said.

Check out these tattoo's in honor of the King:

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Thais get tattoos in remembrance of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Ukkrit Sakulwararak shows a newly-inked tattoo on his back to honour Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, at his house in Bangkok, Thailand, October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
Piyaphan Phanwiroj, 34, shows a newly-inked tattoo that reads "I was born in the reign of King Rama IX", on the back of his neck, to honour Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, at a tattoo shop in Bangkok, Thailand, October 18, 2016. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
Suthida Rojanapanyawong is tattooed to honour Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, at a tattoo shop in Bangkok, Thailand, October 18, 2016. The tattoo reads "Born in the reign of King Rama IX".REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
Suthida Rojanapanyawong is tattooed to honour Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, at a tattoo shop in Bangkok, Thailand, October 18, 2016. Tattoo reads "Born in the reign of King Rama IX". REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
Piyaphan Phanwiroj, 34, is tattooed to honour Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, at a tattoo shop in Bangkok, Thailand, October 18, 2016. The tattoo reads "I was born in the reign of King Rama IX". REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
This photo taken on October 18, 2016 shows a finished tattoo of a heart with the number 9 in honour of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Tattoo OD Studio in Bangkok. Bhumibol Adulyadej is the ninth king of the current Chakri Dynasty. Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej died at the age of 88 on October 13 after years of ill health, ending a seven-decade reign and leaving the politically divided nation without its key pillar of unity. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on October 18, 2016 shows an customer's arm with a tattoo stencil of the number 9 in honour of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Tattoo OD Studio in Bangkok. Bhumibol Adulyadej is the ninth king of the current Chakri Dynasty. Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej died at the age of 88 on October 13 after years of ill health, ending a seven-decade reign and leaving the politically divided nation without its key pillar of unity. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on October 18, 2016 shows a customer getting a tattoo in honour of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Tattoo OD Studio in Bangkok. Bhumibol Adulyadej is the ninth king of the current Chakri Dynasty. Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej died at the age of 88 on October 13 after years of ill health, ending a seven-decade reign and leaving the politically divided nation without its key pillar of unity. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on October 18, 2016 shows a customer being prepared for a tattoo 'King 9' in honour of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Tattoo OD Studio in Bangkok. Bhumibol Adulyadej is the ninth king of the current Chakri Dynasty. Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej died at the age of 88 on October 13 after years of ill health, ending a seven-decade reign and leaving the politically divided nation without its key pillar of unity. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on October 18, 2016 shows a customer holding a phone displaying several fonts of the number 9 before getting a tattoo in honour of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Tattoo OD Studio in Bangkok. Bhumibol Adulyadej is the ninth king of the current Chakri Dynasty. Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej died at the age of 88 on October 13 after years of ill health, ending a seven-decade reign and leaving the politically divided nation without its key pillar of unity. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on October 18, 2016 shows a customer getting a number 9 tattooed on her back to commemorate the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, at Tattoo OD Studio in Bangkok. Bhumibol Adulyadej is the ninth king of the current Chakri Dynasty. Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej died at the age of 88 on October 13 after years of ill health, ending a seven-decade reign and leaving the politically divided nation without its key pillar of unity. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Piyaphan Phanwiroj, 34, a military officer, sat still for about 20 minutes while Tapanee inked away at the nape of his neck, producing a sentence that read in Thai: "I was born in the reign of King Rama IX."

"The tattoo speaks louder than love. It speaks of respect, obedience and loyalty," he said. "It will remind me to do more for my country. In times of hopelessness, it will remind me of all his hard work for us."

Other popular tattoos include the phrase "May I be your humble servant in all my lives" and lyrics from the royal anthem. ($1 = 34.88 baht)

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