The Amazing Kindness Of Strangers

“…This place is amazing Nev, thanks man” I tell him.   “Been a couple of days since I had a hot shower, so I’m really gonna enjoy this.” “Well I didn’t want to say nuthin’, but you do stink a bit” Nev quips, with a wink.   As he climbs into his truck, Nev asks “you people…

DIY Krathong – Chiang Mai, Thailand

It’s Loi Krathong all over Thailand right now. Central to the festival ritual is the making and floating of Krathong: little floral rafts that you place into the river or sea. Focus Gallery Cafe , here in Chiang Mai, ran a Krathong making workshop yesterday. Anna and I went along and made us a couple…

Metal Menagerie – Chiang Mai, Thailand

  …There is welding equipment all over the place, and the artists are all clad in protective overalls and home made masks that protect their faces from sparks. Noi shows us around proudly. There are steel horses, elephants, monsters and mutants… My original Thai tourist visa has expired. To get a new visa, I need…

Doqaholic – Chiang Mai, Thailand

  Great name for a venue.  Doqaholic.   Lookmo would feel right at home here. Anna is a cat-aholic, but she comes along to jam with me anyway. No seriously, she is. Anna has three official felines as well as countless strays and randoms she pets every night when we are walking around Chiang Mai.…

Portrait of a Boy Scout – Chiang Mai, Thailand

“…you will get a hundred Baht per hour.” “Really? Nice. I’ll do anything for three hundred Baht. Do they want me to get nude?” “No! No, no, no. It is a portrait class. They will only be painting your face.” “Oh. OK… I don’t mind getting nude…” “Everywhere I go in Thailand people stare at…

Arty Jam – Chiang Mai, Thailand

“…Now this is good art. You can see what the fuck the picture is about” he huffs. “The political themes in the abstract work are interesting though” I venture. “Sure. Politics. Well that’s another thing. I almost got shut down twice in the last few months. I hung some work that someone didn’t like, and…