Little me yellow pray?

I could stare at Thai’s chests all day. Seriously. And take photos. Perhaps I should explain?

You see, as you wander round Bangkok you come to realise that 90% of Thais appear to wear t-shirts with “english” on them. I put that in quotes because most of the time, that “english” makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

I saw some good ones on the way to work this morning:

military cochief war is pretty life” (on a young girl)

yellow zebra stripe pink harmony” (on old woman)

And so it goes. A day never passes (unless I don’t go out) without at least one barmy t-shirt slogan. And that’s not all, either. Wandering around tells me that the majority of Thais like Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit or Korn… especially the older women – they seem to favour the badly produced band-name shirts.

I’ve reached two conclusions. It’s either cool to wear an english sentence (regardless of what it says) or people genuinely do not care what they have on. I guess I’ll never know as the only Thais I have ever asked about this have been from the other 10%.

However, without a doubt my favourite slogan is the one that I have seen a couple of times on sweet looking Thai girls. It is not hard to understand and really highlights the fact that swearing only really causes offence when it’s in your own language. I’ll use ** for this, but you can figure it out:

f**k you, you f**king f**ker

7 Comments so far

  1. Ben Harris (unregistered) on December 13th, 2004 @ 2:14 pm

    They probably think they’re so clever wearing something like that too.

  2. kaii (unregistered) on December 13th, 2004 @ 3:33 pm

    Well, we don’t care, as long as it doesn’t cost more than 99 baht. :-p

  3. him (unregistered) on December 13th, 2004 @ 3:56 pm

    Or it comes out of a bin. I once stayed at a guesthouse here in Bangkok and threw away some clothes. I tried not to look both shocked and amazed as I wandered past reception the next day and saw the woman wearing my tshirt. Evidently “not fitting” isn’t a problem, either!

  4. lynn (unregistered) on December 13th, 2004 @ 11:34 pm

    For a second there, I thought you’d turned into a horny old pervert, Him. Hehe, j/k. But seriously, I know what you’re talking about. I’ve gotten so used to those obscure t-shirt phrases by now; whenever I walk around Siam Square and Bonanza, seeing teens in t-shirts with messages like “hi bitch” seems absolutely normal. (Of course, I’m assuming they’re saying hi to the girl behind me.)

  5. ปากมาก (unregistered) on December 14th, 2004 @ 3:05 am

    There’s a very remote possibility that these same Thai girls believe the word “fVck”, is merely an English transliteration of the Thai word for winter melon (ฟัก). If this is indeed the case, then the practice of staring at Thai “melons” has never been more validated!

    The blind embrace of the latest ‘cool factor’ fad in Thailand parallels the growing trend of angst-ridden male Americans getting tattoos of Chinese characters. I believe the English translation of the current popular Chinese tattoo character is: “I have pre-pubscent male genitalia”. Here’s a hint to the blissfully ignorant: trying to be in vogue may subsequently lead to a trip to the dermatologist.

  6. him (unregistered) on December 14th, 2004 @ 2:32 pm

    Lynn: “horny old pervert”?!?!?! I’m not OLD! :)

    ปากมาก : not sure I agree with that because the predominance of bad t-shirts here in bangkok is overwhelming. It’d be the equivilent of the majority of Americans, of all ages, sexes and colours, getting that tattoo. Anyway, as we all know – ain’t nothing more rubbish than other-language tattoos :) and, at least you can take a tshirt off!

  7. ปากมาก (unregistered) on December 14th, 2004 @ 9:51 pm

    My response was in jest and limited to t-shirts with the word “fVck” in the slogans. In all seriousness, I agree with your conclusions. I must admit, however, that I wear my Che Guevara t-shirt emblazoned with a superimposed swastika and the words, “Who’s Yo Daddy?”, for entirely different reasons…

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