How To Humiliate A Thai Policeman (Hello Kitty)

Thai policemen can be tough guys.

Even the police has trouble keeping it’s own policemen under control.

Acting chief of the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok, Pongpat Chayaphan had to come up with measures that would stop police officers in Bangkok from breaking the law – small things like littering, showing up late to work or parking in the wrong spot.

He tried several things, but finally called “Hello Kitty” for help – a popular cartoon character for young girls, the face of a sweet cat.

The plan is simple: a police-officer who gets caught breaking a rule while at work has to wear these pink-colored Hello Kitty armbands. That’s not exactly what a macho-guy policeman wants to do – it’s kind of like putting an Hells Angels rocker in a pink tootoo.

“This new twist is expected to make them feel guilt and shame and prevent them from repeating the offense, no matter how minor,” Pongpat Chayaphan said. “Kitty is a cute icon for young girls. It’s not something macho police officers want covering their biceps.”

Source: New York Times

Bangkoks Weirdest Bakery

Ok, this one goes almost without words. This guy is making pastries that look like body parts and dead people.
I guess it’s some kind of baking art, maybe inspired by Body Worlds Exhibition from Gunther von Hagen.
But this Bangkok baker (near Ratchaburi) is actually taking it a step further. Instead of just being able to look at dead bodies, you can actually eat them (well, at least the pastries that look like bodies)…
Talk of a publicity stunt, hm? I guess this baker was doing good even before he pulled that off (to create this kind of bakery, you need lots of skills) – but with all the media attention he got by creating those, his business must be running high 🙂

2. World Tattoo Arts Festival and Exhibition in Pattaya this weekend

This weekend (May 17&18 2008) the Second world Tattoo Arts Festival and Exhibition will take place in Pattaya.

Thailand it’s famous for it’s high quality tattoos, it’s unique style and celebrities like Angelina Jolie and others have visited Thailand just to be tattooed.

More than 100 tattoo artists from all over the world – the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia – will demonstrate their skills this weekend in Pattaya.

Johnny Wong was Thailands first tattoo artist, and it’s his daughter Joy Wong who is now organizing the event.

The first World Tattoo Arts Festival took place in 2006.

You can see pictures from the 1st World Tattoo Arts Festival here.