I found it

I had been pursuing my (false) business dream for all those years but what I love turned out to be something way simpler.  

A tattoo artist in the mountains and his tattoo studio that's like a friend house

The beginning and Mirror foundation

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“What you want to be when you grow up?”

Many kids might happily tell their dreams while many kids might have a blank idea and say “I DON’T KNOW”.

Yeah, I was a “I DON’T KNOW” kid too. Not really know what I want to be but I knew I loved to draw.

However, drawing for living was quite beyond imagination at the time, so I chose to study business instead.

I did surprisingly well in university though. That made me left the pencil-drawing behind, and started drawing my new fancy dream which was being some kind of a top-player in a big company.

I was going to Canada to level myself up a bit more after I graduated. But while I was waiting for my VISA, I took a journey to the mountains in Chiang Rai and volunteered with the Mirror foundation.

One night, my good friend and I talked randomly. Then she came up with “What are you excited about or what you like to do?” So I was like “Hmmm, drawing maybe”. Then she asked me to draw something and turned out that she liked it a lot. Enough for her to get it tattooed.

I felt excitement from drawing again, and a pencil was back to be my best friend. This “Mirror” time turned out to be one of the best moments in my life, and it created who I was about to become...

The Mirror foundation, the beginning of Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Volunteer room that started Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand

Studied in Canada but graduated from a farm in Japan

I fell in love with drawing again and usually spent weekend drawing at the time I was in Canada (what an exciting thing right?).

When it got towards the end of my study, and I realized that it was almost time to go home and work my dream in a business world….but “hang on a minute, is that really me, a business man?”.

Luckily, I was allowed to stay for a few months in Canada after finishing my study. So I re-accessed my “DREAM” folder in my head.

Actually I did have a (fun) dream when I was a kid. It was to do farming. You know…big barn, horses, pigs, and chicken.

So I went to do farming in country side in Canada, and did many fun farming stuff. And instead of going back home after Canada, I went extra time and extended my journey to Japan.

Journey in Japan was pretty eye-opening. Home cook was incredibly delicious. I got to eat (raw) house and deer meat. The owner took me to On-sen, plus handed me cold beer every day. I broke his bicycle going down hill but he said it’s fine. Then the epic experience was I hitchhiked through half Japan 2 times. I took 3 days going South and 2 days going back to the farm with sleeping at rest areas and zero Japanese speaking skill. It felt like a national hero, haha. Then the party was over, it was really time to go back….

A farm in Canada before opened Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Farm life before started Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Farm life before started Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Life in Japan before started Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Life in Japan before started Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Farm life before started Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Life in Japan before started Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Life in Japan before started Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Life in Japan before started Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand

No work for 6 months

Back home and It’s time to work babie!!

I started writing down all fancy experience gained from the past few years in resumes, and whispering to myself “I got ya babie. Imma be a ma-na-gerrr”

Then hit “send bottom”, got interviewed and ....... ”thanks for coming but you’re not matched”.

That’s fine. Sent again, got interviewed and .......”sorry but we’re looking for someone else”.

Well, sent sent sent, got interviewed interviewed interviewed and .......”no sir, no thanks, and some not even responded”

What the heck!!!!!

I had to admit that I was quite confused and desperate. But then after 6 months of mastering my resume and interview skill, a glory knight came to save mine. I finally got a job in an E-commerce company. Alright now, the (false) dream began.

“I knew it”

I was working an office life in Bangkok and it was going well. Then they sent me to Vietnam to help the manager over there.    
 
It was a new branch, and working was intense. I gave them all until the last minute (almost missed my flight), and came back to Thailand. Then things had changed.

I couldn’t see myself climbing the ranking and thriving in office environment anymore. I thought maybe “ART” the thing that I always love, could be my new path and hopefully the right path.

What art then?, I thought. Hmmm, because I was doing tattoo designs at the moment as a freelancer, so maybe a tattoo artist? That’s it, let’s give it a try then. So I went to my supervisor and said to him “Hey Alex, I think I’m done with the office work, being a tattoo artist is next”. And surprisingly right away he replied “I knew it….I saw you as an artist all along. Go do your thing, mate.”

Like it but not love it

Finally landed in Chiang Mai. I went to a local market next morning, had some “laab” and then started my tattoo student life.

From a student became an artist, then had an opportunity working in a good studio in Chiang Mai city for awhile. Life was good. Got to do art for living and earned some money. Then after awhile (I bet you can guess that this dude will change something again….that’s right 😅), I felt like something was missing. I liked the job at that time, but not totally loved it. What was it that’s missing?

Nate, a tattoo artist at Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Nate, a blackwork tattoo artist at Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand

I found it 

Graduated in Business in Thailand….then went to volunteer in the mountains.
Graduated in Business in Canada….then went to work with cow shi*t in the farms.
Supposed to go home after Cannada….instead I bought a ticket, and went to hitchhike in Japan.
Hmmmm…..I think I actually like simple lifestyle and living with nature.

Alright then, let’s go to the mountains.
I had decided to burn the Business 101 book, and started my tattoo business on the mountains which was Baan Khagee in Mae Wang, Chiang Mai.
 

  • get to live a simple life in nature, away from the pollution and stress in the city

  • get to do my favorite tattoo artwork which is animal and nature with flow

  • get to cook by myself 

  • get to welcome everyone that comes as a friend

  • and get to do projects sharing smile to others in the mountains 

 

Now I can say that finally
I
found it. 

Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Embroidery art at Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Studio at Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Barcony at Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand

Baan Khagee - a tattoo studio in the mountains

Best Blackwork eagle tattoo with abstract flow Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Best blackwork whale tattoo with abstract blue flow at Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Best Blackwork elephant tattoo with abstract flow at Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Best Blackwork bear tattoo with abstract flow at Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand

Animal & Nature tattoos with flow

Nate, a tattoo artist at Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Nate, a tattoo artist at Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand

Simple lifestyle

Baan Khagee Tattoo studio Chiang Mai, Thailand

Feel free like your friend's house

Review from customer to Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Review from customer to Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Review from customer to Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Review from customer to Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Review from customer to Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Review from customer to Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand

Kind words from some customers

Fun activity between customer and Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Fun activity between customer and Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Fun activity between customer and Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand

Fun stuff with my customers

Sharing smile to the kids by Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Sharing smile to the kids by Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Sharing smile to the kids by Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand
Sharing smile to the kids by Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai, Thailand

A smile-sharing project with the kids in Pang Ma O

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To my brother....thanks for all the advice 
To my parents....no worries, I'm fine up here
To my customers....appreciate for all of your trust
And to any friend who is interested to come to Baan Khagee....let me know 

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