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PHUKET: Renowned French street artist Noe Two is a regular visitor to Phuket, having visited the island several times in the past to paint murals in his signature style of psychedelic colors and graffiti lettering. Perhaps his best known piece here is the portrait of a young Thai girl, painted on a wall in the historic Soi Romanee in old Phuket Town, which has become somewhat of a landmark since.

He returned recently to complete a work commissioned by local resident Frank Couture, at his house in Chalong, as well as to bring some color to the lives of the kids at Phuket at the Sunshine Village Orphanage. Frank, who is also the President of the Phuket Sunshine Village Foundation, asked Noe if he would paint a mural at the orphanage while he was here and received an instant yes.

Frank kindly invited the Gazette team to visit his house to interview Noe Two and watch him in action; and I asked him how it all came about.

“Noe came to Phuket over a year ago on holiday and a painting trip. He found an old wall in Phuket Town, got authorization from the Governor to create art on it, and it was featured in the newspaper. I saw it and I thought… wow, this speaks to me. So I looked up his website to find out who he was, dropped him a message asking ‘When are you back in town?’ and he said in a year he would be back in Bangkok. So now a year later, he’s here!” says Frank.

While he was taking a break from his work – painting a mural of singer Erykah Badu – I had a chat with Noe about his evolution as an artist and how his art had helped him connect with people from across the globe. I soon found out that, despite having been inspired to take his name from the biblical story of Noah’s Ark, Noe’s own story has been one of constant evolution.

“Noe is Noah, from Noah’s Arc. I was very young and loved animals I wanted to choose the name of an animal; a lion, snake or tiger… but for me it was very cheap to do that. So after thinking I said, why not Noe? Because it’s related to animals and has three letters, so it is simple,” he said.

From his earlier days, spray-painting “tags” and illegal murals in the alleys and lanes of Paris as member of the groundbreaking graffiti crew RAW (Real Authentik Writa), his style and technique has expanded to include works of computer generated design, photo montage, video and acrylic on canvas.

“When I started graffiti, I tried to imitate New York style, but after you have more experience and become older you develop your own style. My letters have a lot of influence from New York, I would look at that graffiti art and try to do the same. But with time, I started working towards finding new ideas, new forms, new calligraphy.

As Noe grew older and moved away from the hectic lifestyle of illegal graffiti painting, Noe begun to look at other ways to express himself artistically.

“When you’re young, you’re all about speed, adrenaline, being crazy… but later in life you’re more chilled, quiet and mature… you think about things,” he told me.

“I used to do a lot of realistic characters when I was mostly working on walls, but then I stopped using walls and moved into photography and 3D art – so then I used the computer to design art. I moved away from graffiti because I want my paintings to last through time and on the computer, the art is not very ‘real’, you can’t touch it.”

His desire to leave the thrilling but sometimes fleeting world of illegal graffiti – where a mural that might have taken many hours and dozens of spray cans could be painted over the next day by unsympathetic authorities – took him towards other forms, such as paint on canvas.

“So I started with canvas and I tried to do graffiti on canvas, but it’s too small of a size. So I experimented with new ways, different forms and colors and tried to do a more abstract style, I began to put abstract colors in the faces, I did more and more, which led to this colorful portrait style.”

Many of Noe’s most iconic images are close-up female portraits. Initially he painted images of celebrities whose music or art have inspired him, but increasingly he prefers to do portraits of interesting people he meets as he works and travels around the world.

“Before I did famous people because I needed a model, so I looked for my models on websites. With Erykah Badu, I painted her because I like her look, her style – a very original style with the afro and so on. Sometimes I do famous models, like Natalia Vodianova, Adriana Lima.

“But now, when it’s possible, I try to meet people and if I like someone’s look, I’ll talk to the guy or the girl and see if it’s possible to take a photo and use that to paint from. But sometimes it’s complicated, they can get suspicious and question why I want a photo of them.”

Noe has now been painting for over 25 years and his art has taken him all over the world. He has collaborated with many artists to paint murals from the favelas of Brazil to New York, LA, Hong Kong, Beijing and even Mongolia. He said he is often inspired by local artistic styles, iconic cultural images, and the many people he meets on his travels and tries to incorporate this into his work. Judging from his enthusiasm for Thailand, Noe will no doubt be back again, so keep an eye out on in your area, you never know which wall might be his next.

To see more of Noe Two’s amazing portfolio click here.

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Out of 37 countries, Thailand has the worst pension system, says Bloomberg

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Thai Residents reports that on Sunday, Bloomberg published an article on the world’s best pension systems, using information gathered from the 2019 Melbourne Mercer Global Pensions Index.

The survey looked at the pension systems of 37 countries with metrics including employee rights, savings, the number of homeowners, growth of assets, and growth of the economy. The purpose of the analysis was to determine what was needed to improve state pension systems and to gauge the level of confidence citizens had in their state pension system.

The Netherlands and Denmark were found to have the world’s best state pensions, with Australia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, and Chile next. Out of all 37 countries, Thailand finished last, with what the report described as an extremely ineffective and ambiguous system.

“Thailand was in the bottom slot and should introduce a minimum level of mandatory retirement savings and increase support for the poorest.”

Out of 37 countries, Thailand has the worst pension system, says Bloomberg | News by The Thaiger

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Thai Residents states that only those employed within the government system in Thailand are eligible for a pension based on salary. For most Thai citizens, pension amounts vary from 600 baht to 1,000 baht a month, depending on the recipient’s age.

A report carried out by The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) advises Thai citizens to have at least 4 million baht saved by the time they retire, but Thai Residents reports that 60% of Thai retirees have less than 1 million baht in savings, with one in three citizens who have reached retirement age are forced to continue working in order to survive.

SOURCE: thairesidents.com

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Tax on salt content being considered

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The Excise Department is considering imposing a tax on the salt content of food to encourage food producers to reduce the sodium content of snacks, instant noodles and seasoning cubes.

The director of the Office of Tax Planning said that the department is discussing a limit on the amount of sodium food can contain, in line with the standard set by the World Health Organization (WHO), which is 2,000 milligrams of salt per day.

In reality, Thai people consume an average of 1,000 milligrams per meal, making their daily intake well above WHO guidelines, according to the director.

He said any tax imposed would be at a level which would encourage food producers to reduce the sodium in their processed food without being punitive, adding that the proposal isn’t intended to generate more tax revenue, but to help protect the health of consumers. Excessive sodium in the diet can lead to high blood pressure and kidney disease.

Fish sauce, soy sauce and salt would not be taxed.

SOURCE: thaipbsworld.com

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Water shortage warnings in 22 provinces

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People living in 22 Thai provinces are being warned to prepare for shortages of drinking water during the upcoming dry season, due to start on November 1st.

The warning was issued by the National Water Resources Office, citing low levels in reservoirs, which are the main sources for tap water production waterworks in 22 provinces.

Areas at risk identified by the office are in northern, north-eastern, eastern and southern provinces.

Measures have been adopted by agencies charged with dealing with water shortages. including dredging water channels to allow greater volumes of water to flow into reservoirs, drilling underground wells, enlarging storage ponds and the purchase of water to supply to those in urgent need.

The Royal Irrigation Department has announced that people should use water sparingly.

There are currently about 6 billion cubic metres of usable water in reservoirs in the affected provinces, with 5 billion cubic metres reserved for consumption and ecological preservation, leaving only 1 billion cubic metres for use in agriculture.

This means farmers in the Chao Phraya river basin may not be able to grow a second crop of rice this year.

SOURCE: thaipbsworld.com

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