An old and dear friend of mine who’s helped me a great deal in recent years with my personal photography.
Drawing was the first activity I ever received positive attention for when I was a kid. Rekindling that joy again in a modest journal I carry with me everyday now. Nothing complicated, just the joy of putting to paper whatever comes to mind, whatever is easy, whatever it is that I see at the moment.
“unknown artist @ block party” March 16, 2013
some of my scratchings
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)
Recently I attended my first Kendo class at the BKC near Ekkamai station. I like activities that force me to be present and focus on the task at hand. It’s why I enjoy being in the studio as it can be very singularly focused while most of the day my thoughts are quite scattered. Hopefully there’s more to come of this adventure.