One of the first posts I did for this blog was about my surprising and happy discovery of the amazing street art I saw in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. It took me by surprise because it wasn’t something I was aware of before my visit and because there were so many amazing pieces of work dotted around in the most unexpected places. If you havent read my awful attempt to become an art reviewer of said pieces, you can have a peek here
As much as I loved the street art of Chiang Mai, the title of best city in Thailand to find it in is, unsurprisingly, Bangkok.
Since I moved to Bangkok last year I have made it my mission to walk around as much of the city as possible, away from the usual tourist traps and shopping mall’s. It is while being on these walks that I’ve come across some amazing works of street art, mainly tucked away in little side streets!
In 2016 street artists from all over the world were invited to Bangkok to take part in the Bukruk Urban Arts Festival, the resulting pieces of work add another layer to what is already an amazing city.
I don’t know how to begin to explain the work above, maybe I shouldn’t try to and just let this and the following pieces speak for themselves. The above piece is by Alex Face, one of Bangkok’s most prolific street artists and his character of a kid in a bunny outfit, like the one above can be found dotted all over Thailand. The piece you can see above is down a small soi off Charoen Krung Road and it’s where you will also find many other pieces of street art such as this one by an artist called Phai…
I absolutely love the blue on this one and the small butterfly on the end of the shotgun has an air of Banksy about it.
The piece below is also one of my favourites…hang on, I’m going to be saying that about almost all, if not all of the pieces! I’m not a particularly articulate man when it comes to talking about art but there is something about street art that excites me unlike any other form of….’drawing’…see, I don’t even really know what to call it. Anyway, back to the art, this one, showing two tigers flying on hammerhead sharks with guns attached to their bodies is by Bonus TMC and its a beauty!
This next one is kind of crazy and the lady vaguely reminds me of Sandra Bullock if you looked at her through a pint glass and the man/robot…well he just looks really ill to be honest but he was lucky to find a jumper that had a whole in it to match his torso! I couldn’t find the name of the artist for this one but I can see the name ‘Jim’ at the bottom right-hand corner…that narrows things down slightly but after a bit of research…I’m none the wiser as to who did this.
This next picture is one that I absolutely love…(I’m going to keep saying how much I love each one, dammit!), and it’s by an artist called Mue Bon, another Bangkok based street artist…I’m beginning to get the impression that Thai street artists may be really good!
As you can see it’s a small bird wearing human clothes while on a unicycle carrying some shopping…totally normal (and utterly brilliant!)
The following picture isn’t for the squiemish…its a mouse with, from what I can tell, NINE arms…just have a quick look and move on, it’s freaking me out!
And the final piece in this post is another one that had no artists name that I could track down but they all look jolly happy to be there and that’s the main thing I am taking away from Bangkok street art, they all seem to have a sense of fun and are all filled with humour.
It seems a bit of a shame that so much brilliant art work is tucked down little side streets but I guess that is also part of the joy of such pieces, you find them almost by accident which means you feel that you are the only person that knows about it!
I’ve actually got plenty more photographs of some magnificent street art that is scattered across Thailand, so I shall be back again soon with more wonderfully colourful and amazing works soon…and I will try to find more names of the artists responsible..
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