the artist is present on Flickr.
There is a woman in Kowloon, Hong Kong who writes rambling, weird, occasionally racist, often animal-centric graffiti on signposts, old stickers, walls, and railing all over Yau Ma Tei, Mong Kok, and Jordan. She writes about dogs, cats and other pets, often about their mistreatment. She also often includes the words “Anglican” “Scotts” or “Scotland” and the number 1497 in what she writes. After quietly obsessing about her for quite some time, I “met” her. My partner and I were walking around Mong Kok and I was showing him some of the graffiti (this after I’d been talking his ear off about it for weeks) and I sort of half-noticed a woman sitting close to where I was pointing out the writing. The woman came up to us, muttering. She said something like, “You don’t even know what it says, do you?” and then started talking about my partner’s mustache and the fact that he is dark-skinned an ethnically ambiguous. “And what’s with this one? Mustache? Mexican? Puerto Rican? West Side story, yeah?” She then she took out a lighter, closed one eye and tried to light the lighter while staring at us. She’s an older woman, possibly Asian (or part Asian). I think she may be homeless, as she was sitting on the street with a push-cart and cans of cat-food. However, she was fairly well-dressed and clean, so maybe she does have a place to live? I took some pictures and even a very short video. This is one of her with her art, and her face obscured. I’m hesitant to post any other picture of her that I took that clearly shows her face since I don’t want her to be identified by, say, the police and get in trouble. Not like HKPD is searching flickr for rogue graffiti artists, but I don’t want to get the old gal in trouble.
flex on Flickr.
Advertisement for Franco’s Gym in Kowloon, Hong Kong. They have awesome ads all over the the neighborhood featuring pictures like these. I would LOVE to take pictures for Franco’s Gym to use on their website or in these ads. Hey, Franco’s Gym? Get in touch with me, and let’s work something out!
dragonipple on Flickr.
When I asked this guy if I could take a picture of his tattoo, he seemed a bit, “well, uhm, ok, i guess?” which is perfectly understandable since the area in which I took this (Ma Tau Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong) sees very few white folks walking around taking pictures, especially compared to other, more popular parts of Hong Kong. He works at a local recycling plant, and when I mimed that I wanted to take his picture, he thought I meant that I wanted to take a picture of the equipment behind him. After I explained myself, he let me take a couple of pictures of him. (Press the right arrow button to see the other one.) As I left, his coworkers were teasing him, one of them going so far as to tug on the nipple around which the tattoo is. Incidentally, I took another picture of this guy’s back tattoo a few days ago.
you must have an unforgettable memory on Flickr.
Sign advertising “Time Nightclub,” which I imagine is a strip club or brothel on Portland Street, in Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong (which is one of Hong Kong’s red light districts). The sign reads, “Time Nightclub, come to visit the theatre of dream and experience the greatest touch feeling enjoyment.” You will never feel alone and can enjoy 1 * 2 * 3 if you wish. Don’t miss the chance for good quality service and you much have an unforgettable memory.”
preview on Flickr.
Prostitution is legal in Hong Kong, and there are many “red light” districts where sex workers play their trade. One such district is Portland Street, in the Mong Kok area of Kowloon. The sign here shows the rates that one pays to obtain the services of different nationalities of women. Russian prostitutes command the highest price, followed by Chinese and Hong Kongese prostitutes, and finally “Malay Thai”. Prostitution is a thorny issue (as is the relative “worth” of one ethnicity over another), and one I am not really equipped to speak to, especially in this forum, so I present this picture just as a document to what is going on in the Hong Kong, and the world.
the dreaded rear admiral on Flickr.
Megawedgie being administered to a member of the Potbellied Pigs Rugby team during Kowloon RugbyFest 2012, King’s Park, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon