Posts Tagged: Tom Vater

Animal Farm XII

SRI LANKA // MAY 2016

You Know You Want One VIIII

INDIA // JULY 2016

Animal Farm XI

Up to a 100 million sharks are killed every year to supply the Chinese thirst for shark fin soup, a dish that tastes of nothing and costs a fortune. The Chinese shark fin mafia is a criminal and global concern, fishing illegally as far away as central America, often in protected waters while paying off weak and corrupt local governments. Once the sharks, the top of the oceanic food chain, are gone, major collapse of some sea creatures is expected. Just another case of greedy fucking humans.

For more information on the illegal killing of sharks for cash, check out Rob Stewart’s excellent documentary Sharkwater.

THAILAND // OCTOBER 2016

The Walls Are Screaming XVIII

‘I Will Not Let Anyone Walk Through My Mind With Their Dirty Feet’ – Gandhi

INDIA // JUNE 2016

The Walls Are Screaming XVII

MOROCCO// OCTOBER 2016

Making America Great Again VII

Donald Trump has been in power for a month. And the world is a different place. The old, tired, kleptocratic two party system in the US is all but broken, replaced by a delusional narcissist who’s making America great again.

GERMANY// OCTOBER 2016

Orgasms Are Great II

INDIA // JULY 2016

You Know You Want One VII

INDIA // JULY 2016

I Fall On My Knees Every Sunday VI

INDIA // JUNE 2016

I Fall On My Knees Every Sunday V

Somehow we don’t think the world is improved by religion. Though people keep trying any which way. Giving us fresh targets for amusement that may never run out.

INDIA // JULY 2016

Ghost Rider IV

Ghostrider keep riding.
Never stop riding.
Hey, hey, don’t forget to burn, don’t forget to burn.
Burn with fire. With fire, fire, fire, fire!

‘Ghost Rider’ – Suicide

MOROCCO // OCTOBER 2016

Love In The Age Of Intolerance VII

POLAND // OCTOBER 2016

Ghost Rider III

GERMANY // SEPTEMBER 2016

Entartete Kunst IV

INDIA // JUNE 2016

Cheap and Cheerful

George Hanson: You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can’t understand what’s gone wrong with it.

Billy: Man, everybody got chicken, that’s what happened. Hey, we can’t even get into like, a second-rate hotel, I mean, a second-rate motel, you dig? They think we’re gonna cut their throat or somethin’. They’re scared, man.

George Hanson: They’re not scared of you. They’re scared of what you represent to ’em.

Billy: Hey, man. All we represent to them, man, is somebody who needs a haircut.

George Hanson: Oh, no. What you represent to them is freedom.

Billy: What the hell is wrong with freedom? That’s what it’s all about.

From Easy Rider

MOROCCO // OCTOBER 2016

Humans Outside New York XXVIII

BURMA // DECEMBER 2005

Making America Great Again VI

So Donald Trump has been in power for about nine days now. Can you feel it? We’re all on it. The Devil’s Road.

USA // SEPTEMBER 2005

Humans Outside New York XXVII

A couple of young glue sniffers on the streets of Phnom Penh.

Never forget, eight men have the same wealth as the fifty poorest percent on the planet.

CAMBODIA // APRIL 2001

Animal Farm VIII

And everything was made for you and me
All of it was made for you and me
‘Cause it just belongs to you and me
So let’s take a ride and see what’s mine

‘The Passenger’ – Iggy Pop

CAMBODIA // JUNE 2003

Ghost Rider II

In the deserts of Sudan
And the gardens of Japan
From Milan to Yucatan
Every woman, every man

Hit me with your selfie stick.
Hit me! Hit me!
Je t’adore, ich liebe dich,
Hit me! hit me! hit me!
Hit me with your selfie stick.
Hit me slowly, hit me quick.
Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!

In the wilds of Borneo
And the vineyards of Bordeaux
Eskimo, Arapaho
Move their body to and fro.

Hit me with your selfie stick.
Hit me! Hit me!
Das ist gut! C’est fantastique!
Hit me! hit me! hit me!
Hit me with your selfie stick.
It’s nice to be a lunatic.
Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!

Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!
In the dock of Tiger Bay
On the road to Mandalay
From Bombay to Santa Fe
Over hills and far away

Hit me with your selfie stick.
Hit me! Hit me!
C’est si bon, mm? Ist es nicht?
Hit me! hit me! hit me!
Hit me with your selfie stick.
Two fat persons, click, click, click.
Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!

Thanks to Ian Dury & The Blockheads

THAILAND // AUGUST 2014

I Fall On My Knees Every Sunday IV

Being connected in everything in Burma, former socialist dictatorship, and now, thanks to US diplomacy, an authoritarian democracy. Just a few years ago a SIM card cost hundreds of dollars and only the very rich and well connected could get online. These days everyone is surfing the net on several smartphones and regime critics go to jail for Facebook posts that upset the very rich and well connected. But there is free Wi-Fi at the Shwedagon Pagoda, the country’s most important Buddhist monument.

BURMA // NOVEMBER 2015

The Walls Are Screaming XIII

GERMANY // OCTOBER 2016

Animal Farm VII

Bugs and insects of all kinds and dimensions are popular snacks and comfort food across Southeast Asia.

Also, Trump is now US president, so anything goes.

MYANMAR // NOVEMBER 2015

Making America Great Again V

Making America Great Again – Today!

THAILAND // DECEMBER 2016

The Walls Are Screaming XII

An old friend told me the other day that abortion was legal in the US so that Hillary Clinton could enrich herself. Whether Clinton makes a cent off abortion legislation she introduced or not is irrelevant. If the Republicans manage to overturn Roe vs Wade, thousands of women will suffer serious health issues and some will die.
My friend sees conspiracies on the left to justify his immeasurable anger at his feeling powerless in the face of an increasingly chaotic, brutal but also more colorful and varied world. His anger, fueled by right wing websites attacking minorities, is so overwhelming that he loses empathy for his fellow women and men to be able to feel himself. Welcome to the Trump Age.

USA // JUNE 2005

You Know You Want One VI

“As soon as you start talking about mystique, you have none.” ― Neil Young

INDIA // JUNE 2016

Ghost Rider

‘If you’re in control, you’re not going fast enough”. – Parnelli Jones

USA // JUNE 2005

Love In The Age Of Intolerance V

When Burmese teenagers go out on a date, they often visit local temples. There they sit dreamily holding hands, the matching jackets or shirts adding some cute poignancy to the scene, quite in contrast to the harsh daily realities they are likely to face.

BURMA // NOVEMBER 2015

Humans Outside New York XXVI

As in many parts of Burma, the new Asian kid on the tourism bloc, children like these novice monks are employed – this lot each got a can of Sprite for their efforts – in construction, in this case to build a bridge to a cave monastery in Kayin State.
As well as child labor, various forms of slave labor and prison labor remain highly visible in Myanmar, the wealth gap is gigantic, a number of armed conflicts grind on and the Rohingya minority are the most persecuted people on the planet, according to the UN. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the recent arrival of democracy has only exasperated this. But most Burmese now have at least one mobile phone and all of them enjoy democracy.

BURMA // NOVEMBER 2015

Animal Farm VI

I want to break free.

MALAYSIA // DECEMBER 2015

The Walls Are Screaming XI

…and real ones make you fly.

THAILAND // DECEMBER 2016

Animal Farm V

A Steve McCurry moment.

INDIA // JUNE 2016

Animal Farm IV

Who killed Bambi?

THAILAND // DECEMBER 2016

Humans Outside New York XXIII

Bare-knuckle boxing at the Three Pagodas Pass, your typical lawless border town moment.

BURMA // DECEMBER 2005

Blame The Parents V

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Ravi runs a tattoo shop in Palika Bazaar, a gigantic, gloomy underground market in central New Delhi, home to hundreds of tattooists of dubious skills and more dubious hygiene standards. Ravi is a devotee of Shiva, Hindu god of creation and destruction. If you want your godly tattoos rough and ready like Ravi, Palika Bazaar is the place for you. Tattoos then, are perhaps the last personal expression left to otherwise powerless people. The government can’t take them from you. Your mother can’t rub them off.

INDIA // JULY 2016

Humans Outside New York XXII

When I’m drivin’ in my car
And that man comes on the radio
He’s tellin’ me more and more
About some useless information
Supposed to fire my imagination
I can’t get no, oh no, no, no
Hey hey hey, that’s what I say’

Satisfaction’ – The Rolling Stones

MALAYSIA // DECEMBER 2016

Fuck Everything IX

Fuck you too. And have a nice day.

GERMANY // SEPTEMBER 2016

Fuck Everything VIII

finger

‘Metropolis, worlds collide, Ain’t nobody on the other side.’

‘Metropolis’ – Motörhead

Hindu calendar in a tattoo shop in New Delhi.

INDIA // JULY 2016

I Fall On My Knees Every Sunday III

God is dead and Jesus is blind. But at least we have Trump guiding us through the coming years, heightening chances of one apocalypse or another.

INDIA // JUNE 2016

I Fall On My Knees Every Sunday II

A very happy holiday from The Borneo Angels on The Devil’s Road.

2016 may well be remembered as the last year in which reality made any kind of sense.
Unless of course, you blindly follow The Devil’s Road.

MALAYSIA // DECEMBER 2015

Blame The Parents IV

Carl Denham: “Monsters belong in B movies.”

From the movie King Kong

MALAYSIA // DECEMBER 2015

The Walls Are Screaming VII

Keith Richards turns 73 today. From RocknRoll bad boy, drug fiend, human riff and most wasted being on the planet to corporate pirate banker and smug dad of Johnny Depp in one life time. Happy Birthday from The Devil’s Road, Keith. We know you’ve been this way.

GERMANY // SEPTEMBER 2016

Humans Outside New York XIX

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A local sex worker gets her work gear fixed by a cobbler in Kathmandu.

NEPAL // NOVEMBER 2011

Love In The Age Of Intolerance IV

Penang lovers.

MALAYSIA // APRIL 2003

 

Blame The Parents III

“No, it wasn’t an accident, I didn’t say that. It was carefully planned, down to the tiniest mechanical and emotional detail. But it was a mistake.”  

‘On The Beach’ – Nevil Shute

MALAYSIA // DECEMBER 2015

I Fall On My Knees Every Sunday

So Mother Teresa has become a saint. She sure was no saint in life. She spent years tricking the most vulnerable, desperate people into Christianity, made millions of dollars of donations disappear, vocally hated democracy, and hung out with or pledged sympathy to a long list of dictators and crooks around the world including Bebe Dòk (Jean-Claude Duvalier) in Haiti, Enver Hoxha in Albania, Robert Maxwell, the neo-fascist Italian Social Movement and the Argentine Military Junta. In southern India she languishes in hundreds of vitrines on street corners, looking like an atrophied sex worker. She probably ate the sick looking baby she is holding in her arms here seconds after I turned my head.

INDIA // JULY 2016

Love in the Age of Intolerance III

Train, train, comin’ down, down the line
Train, train, comin’ down, down the line
Well, it’s bringin’ my baby ’cause she’s mine, all mine
She’s mine, all mine

‘Mystery Train’ – Elvis Presley

INDIA // JULY 2016

Punk Never Die II

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As counter-cultural subcultures are becoming a thing of the past in Europe and the US, they continue to thrive in the developing world. Perhaps young people in the West feel that they have nothing left to fight against, perhaps they are inundated with so much information that communal self expression is now simply a fad that flickers across one’s screen.
Sure, in Asia and South America, sub culture can be just as much an expression of disposable income by the middle classes as in the West, but counter-cultural fashions from the West are being morphed into local voices of protest in countries like Nepal, Indonesia, Burma and Malaysia.

Punk rock lives on in Kathmandu.

NEPAL // NOVEMBER 2011

Humans Outside New York XVII

gemocide

A soldier in Rakhine State, where the Tatmadaw, Burma’s feared military, in silent collusion with Buddhist freedom icon and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, kills and rapes Rohingya, a Muslim minority.

BURMA // AUGUST 2013

Humans Outside New York XVI

Jayalalithaa Jayaraman, former actress, illustrious state minister of Tamil Nadu and leader of the AIDMK party passed away today. For her 68th birthday, her sixt-eight most devoted followers had her face tattooed on their arms. The tradition harks back to the turbulent politics in the state in the 1970s. These three gentlemen in the photograph also have tattoos of MGR, Jayalalithaa’s predecessor, applied during a mass ceremony in 1977. India never disappoints.

INDIA // July 2016

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