The man was deported to Thailand on Sunday 3rd August. An official from the immigration Department commented: ‘We told him that the tattoos may cause unnecessary trouble.’
Other reports say he was counselled by the authorities who pointed out the offensiveness of the tattoo.
The fact that the Buddha was depicted on the leg seems to have caused particular offense. In most parts of Asia the lower part of the body is considered particularly inauspicious in a religious context.
There is a strong tradition of young men having tattoos in Burma but this is more to show their lack of fear and masculinity and no religious images would usually be used.
There were reports in July that tattoos of the map of Burma on the lower part of the body could earn a three year sentence in prison.
Update: More details have appeared here.