Thursday, February 5, 2009

January 2009: Hat Rin

The US, Europe, and Australia always get press for graffiti. South America is working its way into the rotation, but Asian and African countries often get neglected. Today, I am proud to present the first post from an Asian state. The words and images come from my friend Tai who's currently working in China. On a trip to Thailand, he made some interesting discoveries. He writes:

"I'd been working in Beijing and had about 6 weeks off between terms, so I hopped down to the southeast to get my chill on with the elements. I traveled throughout south Thailand, and then up and across to Cambodia. When I was strolling in Hat Rin on Ko-Pha-ngan (Full Moon Festival Island), I stumbled across those two pieces of graffiti. Obviously, they caught my eye and I had to take a photo. 

I did indeed see more but at those times, my camera wasn't handy. The first pic that looks like a '3' is actually the Buddhist 'ohm' prayer. It was painted on the side of a bamboo tattoo shop on the outskirts of the city. Thailand is a place of unique style and culture, influenced by the elements that make up the spirit down there. Whenever you get a chance, go down and breathe up that country. It'll breathe its soul right back into you."

Thanks, Tai! I love these posts that feature new areas of the world. To all you readers out there, make sure your country represents!

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