Not all parts of the island are jammed with hotels, bars and eateries. There are gabs and some of them quite extensive but none are necessarily abandoned. The heat is oppressive this time of year so looking at these images now I remember the smell of the ocean, the sting of sweat in my eye and the humidity folding me over.
Since I was 12 years old I knew I wanted to get a tattoo and got my first one at 15 on Khaosan Road here in Bangkok. That first tattoo is long gone thanks to familial pressures but I’ve well made up for it over the years. I had a short lived apprenticeship in the late 90’s but ended up giving my equipment away to help someone out. When we pass, so will the tattoos and I like that they will age, fade and eventually return to the earth.
Simon Erl tattooing Nic Mudskipper at Six Fathoms Deep (BKK,TH)
recent drawing I finished using copic, color-pencil & acrylic
1-3 months seems to be the average turnover from taking the photos, developing the film and making time to scan the negs. I’m totally fine with that, even if others are not. New Years 2013