Bangkok street art is a wonderful surprise to anyone that hasn’t been here – it certainly astounded me with the abundance of it everywhere. In this piece, my third so far, I try to sound more like I know what I’m saying – people like nothing better than a trier apparently…well, you will be positively in love with me by the end of this…
So, if you’re a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I have got quite into the street art scene in Bangkok – I would just like to say that this infatuation is getting worse…
I can honestly say that I think Bangkok street art is one of the worlds hidden gems of its type. Yes, that is a bold statement but look at the previous two posts if you haven’t seen them already and you’ll get an idea of what I’m talking about.
If you’re not tempted to click on the links above right away, I think you will be by the end of this post especially after you see the first piece of street art here…
Bangkok Street Art: Number 1
Regular readers of this blog will also know that I am not trying to pretend to be some kind of street art critic, unless you can call yourself a critic by just repeatedly saying ‘Wow’, ‘I love it’, ‘It’s so amazing’ and ‘fu**ing look at that!’ But…wow, f**ing look at that! This piece is by an artist that goes by the name of Bonus TMC who lives and works in Bangkok and specialises in animals, especially tigers. I saw one such tiger in Chiang Mai without knowing anything about him or his work which you can read about here – The Street Art Of Chiang Mai
The piece above seems to be of a dog or some kind of bear and I just adore it. It’s so simple, the colours are so simple and yet the whole thing jumps off the wall towards you. The animal is also wearing a snorkel and swimming mask, so not only can he shoot you with his pistols he’s also going to have a nice dip afterwards.
More Bangkok Street Art: Number 2
I know absolutely nothing about this piece and I also took a rather terrible photo of it too (I’ll go back at some point and get a better one) but it’s so large and next to an overhanging bridge that it was hard to get a good shot…
What a sight that is then, hey? I only know two things about this wall and the art on display – the first thing I know is that the piece on the bottom is by P7, an artist from Bangkok whose art appeared in a previous post about the Bangkok street art scene (I’ll get you to click on those other links above somehow!). As for the other two works, I’m not sure who drew them but they’re both fantastic in their individual ways. The man on the right that has so many everyday things in his head that they’re spilling out all over the place particularly jumps out at me …I think we can all identify with that feeling.
Even More BKK Street Art: Number 3
This next piece is by Thibaud Tchertchain, a French artist that now resides in Bangkok and well…it’s an octopus!
Again (surprise, surprise) I love this one but not just because of what the artist has done but what he hasn’t done – I also love it because the wall is so dirty. I don’t know why I like that aspect of it so much but maybe it’s a personal taste of what I want urban art to look like – not to hide the ‘canvas’ but to blend in with it and the colours used for the octopus certainly blend in with the wall – crikey, do I sound like someone who knows what they’re talking about? (Don’t answer that!)
Even More, More BKK Street Art: Number 4
Next up on my journey to sound even more like I don’t know what I am talking about is this one…
I’m going to imaginatively call this one ‘Pots’ and I don’t think I need to explain why. It’s beautifully done and I love the little acid smiley faces on the pot to the left of the piece. It’s by an artist called Frida but the only Frida I can find is Frida Kahlo, the famous Mexican artist who died in 1954…so I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this isn’t one of her works…but it looks fantastic and I think the lady on the pot to the right of the piece could well be aforementioned Frida.
What? More? BKK Street Art: Number 5
Even though this piece seems to be called ‘Life Machine’, I think I’ll call the next piece ‘Bicycles’…I can’t quite put my finger on why that title jumps out at me but maybe you can tell and let me know…
I’ve tried to find out who this is by but despite putting into Google what I think are the correct letters on the work, I’m getting zilch, zero, nada. This is something that I’ve noticed with some street artists, they don’t write their name clearly on the piece if at all…is there a reason for this? Is it supposed to be hard to find out who did it? Do they just have really bad handwriting so it was either be a street artist or a doctor (if you don’t understand this example I should make you aware that doctors in the UK are renowned for their unintelligible handwriting). I know this piece isn’t up with some of the others but the message is quite clear to me – use a bike more and live longer…I think…maybe it means that or…I dunno.
Another One?! BKK Street Art: Number 6
The next painting is…possibly made by someone on drugs…but the good kinds of drugs, not alcohol or paracetamol but the more ‘alternative’ and ‘mind-expanding’ kind.
I have no idea what this four-eyed sex beast is all about but the sign he/she is making has a very particular meaning in the UK…I wonder if it means the same all over the world? If it does then…well done Kashink…
Kashink is a female street artist from Paris and none of the information I’ve found out about her suggests that she is ‘under the influence’. I’m guessing this piece is titled Mampa, whatever that means (I’ve looked but can’t find anything…I do do research, you know?!), but I’m going to call it ‘Oral Fingers’
Last One! BKK Street Art: Number 7
And lastly but by no means least a little piece I saw tucked away on the bottom corner of a wall…
I have no information about this but I think a peace sign is a good sign to sign off on today (I got the word sign into one sentence three times which either makes me an amazing writer or a truly awful one….I’ll let you decide)
If you are in the city and wish to find some of these pieces, just click the link below and get your shoes on!
Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed the images – be certain that more like this will follow soon, Bangkok is teeming with street art and I’ve fallen in love with it!