Came across these two while roaming the streets of Khao San Road, referred to as "the center of the backpacking universe." I asked if I could take their photo and they kindly agreed. I also asked if his many tattoos hurt and what they all meant. We tried to have conversation but they didn't speak too much English and I didn't know enough Thai.
Though one of his very noticeable tattoos was the phrase "We Love The King" on his forehead. Later in my travels around Thailand I realize just how much the people of Thailand truly loved their king. To say he was beloved is an understatement. He passed away of old age at the age of 88 last year and the people of Thailand are still in mourning - most wearing black day to day even a year after the passing of the King. It was astonishing to see both young and old share such a profound sense of sadness and loss over a monarch, something completely foreign to me.
Before I left they did know the word "tip", and so I left some currency - enough to get them another meal. I said thank you in Thai and went on my way #HumansOfThailand