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01 November 2017
William R.  Morledge

November's Nightlife News
Bangkok's Bars - 20 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Reader's Corner:  
Graffiti #140 : Controversy Unending

King Bhumipol Adulyadej   1927 - 2016

      The passing of Thailand's Monarch, King Bhumipol Adulyadej, King Rama IX, and officially King Bhumibol the Great, on October 13, 2016 set a nation to mourning.   Immediately on his passing, the nation shut down for three days - with the exception of essential services and select commercial concerns that operated under limited hours and conditions.   This was followed by 100 days of strict mourning, where all that could - wore black when outside their homes.

      However the official mourning period would last for one year and 16 days, ending on the 29th October 2017, three days after the date of cremation.   October 30th was officially reserved for removing bunting, letting the flag fly full-mast once again, removing the marigolds (real and artificial), and restoring one's wardrobe.   Most of the nation mourned the entire one-year-plus period; during which a multitude of tributes and popular songs were written in his honor, as well as television specials, soap operas, discussions on morality in accordance to King Bhumipol's teachings, myriad renditions of music written by King Bhumipol in his lifetime, and most significantly - retrospectives on King Bhumipol's Royal Projects and communal visits : the dams and irrigation projects, the introduction of artificial seeding of rain and the countless Royal agricultural projects.   Most Thais and many resident foreigners wore the looped snippet of black ribbon on lapels and shirtsleeves for the entire year.

We republish an unsolicited photograph purportedly taken during the Royal cremation ceremonies.   

      In dozens of locations within Bangkok, one-hundred foot long sections of wall were painted over in black and embellished in silver Thai and English script proclaiming, "I was born during the reign of King Rama IX", and other similar phrases of adulation.   Billboards and bumper stickers and even brooch pins were to follow with the same and similar wordings.   Complete lines of jewelry displaying "9" in Thai script appeared everywhere from the classiest of department stores - all the way down to the curbside vendors (...the '9' for 'King Rama IX').   Many items were jewel-encrusted.   Black T-shirts became a fad - many having quotes of the King silk-screened in white, front and/or back.   Social media was swamped asunder with quotes, film clips, music videos, old photos from the Royal Household, and personal remembrances.

One of the several stretches of Bangkok's walls, normally the domain of graffiti artists, that had been repainted in black at the end of 2016, this one stating "We were born in the reign of King Rama IX".   In this case, the "9" is the large Thai script numeral appearing immediately above.

      Among the offerings to the citizens of Thailand by the Royal Household was the opportunity to pay final respects to their beloved King in his Royal coffin at the Dusit Throne Room in the Grand Palace.   They had anticipated an outpouring of grief from the entire nation, so they planned to allow visitors to the Royal Throne Room for a full three months.   But they had no way of estimating the extent of the outpouring of grief of the people of Thailand.   Thousands upon thousands of Thais crowded into the city of Bangkok from the outlying provinces, queuing up in the adjacent Sanam Luang public park, willing to wait overnight and through the following day and into that night for a chance to pass by the Royal casket and place their flower wreaths below.   So many wreaths would be placed in a single hour that officials had to temporarily cease the procession through the Royal Throne Room, while the wreaths were bundled out to make room for the next wave of mourners.   (Not to ignore that a sub-industry of re-used wreaths immediately popped up just outside the palace grounds.)   It had become obvious it was not a reasonable proposition to close down the paying of respects to the King at the Dusit Throne Room after only three months, so the Royal Household extended the visitations for the remainder of the year, only closing down a few days before the cremation so that last-minute preparations could be finalized.

      Six months after King Bhumipol's passing, the waiting time to pay respects at the Dusit Throne Room was still from 3 to 4 hours, with many citizens having returned a second and third time.   But that comparative lull would not last - as the months passed, the number of visitors once again began to increase.   And when the Royal Household announced the date for closing down the Grand Palace to mourners, so that final preparations could be made for the cremation, a second wave of last-minute subjects rushed to Bangkok - overwhelming the areas around the Palace and Sanam Luang park; crowds were overflowing into Rajadamnoen Avenue down as far as the Democracy Monument.   It was estimated in the local media that in a single afternoon, an estimated 85,000 people congregated there hoping to pay last minute tribute.

An entire pavilion at Pak Khlong Talat created entirely from strands of marigolds (dau ruang) by the flower-sellers themselves.   Note the light-creation of the Thai numeral "9" on the 'ceiling' of the pavilion.

      The preoccupation of a large part of the artistically inclined population leading up to the cremation was to make sandalwood flowers (doc mai jan) in 5 different varieties.   According to Buddhist tradition, these sandalwood flowers are meant to be placed in the coffin at the time of cremation, however the mountains, literally millions, of sandalwood flowers would not, could not possibly be brought to the Ceremonial Cremation Pavilion.   The Royal Household then saw that there was no way the Bangkok population and those crowding into Bangkok from the provinces would be able to pay their respects at the site of the cremation at Sanam Luang.   They then authorized more than 80 alternate points around the Metropolis where official ceremonies - to include eulogies (chom) and the proffering of the doc mai jan - would be held.   Even so, most of the mourning citizenry still had to wait in half-day-long queues at these various eighty-plus altars just to have a chance to pass by in close proximity.   The City of Bangkok municipality and many large and small corporations contributed, and prepared, free food and drinks for the entangled, long-waiting masses (with the help of scores upon scores of private citizen volunteers).

      In the days leading up to the 26 October Royal Cremation, the full length of Jakraphet Road passing in front of the famous Flower Market at Pak Khlong Talad was closed off from Khlong Rop Krung to the King Rama I Bridge at Saphan Phut.   The entire street consisted of various tributes and points of eulogy and praise.   Entire buildings and pavilions were created from strands of the ubiquitous yellow-gold marigold flowers, while other structures were covered in white orchids.   The flower market itself being the source of these flowers - literally mountains of flowers could be seen at every turn.   While the natural marigolds had literally flooded the market, the surprise was the popularity of the artificial marigolds, which were selling originally for 5 baht, and later, as free-enterprise set in, 10 baht each.   Volunteer citizens and shop owners, unbidden, lined the footpaths providing free water and various foodstuffs to the thronging Thai (and foreign) population.   At times, the crowds of mourners became so congested that movement along the footpaths (as well as inside the various tributes and worship points) became impossible - a giant, unmoving pedestrian traffic-jam.

      Commencing a week prior to the cremation, hundreds of police vans began pouring in to Bangkok from each of the provinces, each disgorging their 12 police officers.   The several thousands of police officers exited their vans onto the curbsides around the inner-city Rattanakosin area, having brought their kit and their bedrolls, while some even brought their own electric desk fans and tents.   They had been impressed into duty to help maintain order and cleanliness in Bangkok for the duration of the cremation ceremonies.   Most found places to sleep in temples, shophouses or schools, not having to sleep on the sidewalks as first feared.   A Royally sponsored program was implemented to enlist volunteer support to the police.   Thousands of applicants were interviewed, and those selected were given distinctive caps and gold 'scout' scarves - and sent out as volunteer assistants to help maintain order, provide directions, help parents find lost children and maintain cleanliness.

      In-memoriam memorabilia of every imaginable variety have found their way onto the streets - both free and for purchase.   The large color photos of King Rama IX were (usually) free.   While, on the other end of the spectrum, newly minted 'Sets of 5' Thailand legal-currency banknotes depicting King Rama IX at various ages were garnering extremely high prices - where 'price was no object' for collectors.    (Sheets with reproductions of the face-side of these banknotes were also available for reasonable prices).

      Bangkok's Night Entertainment sector had anticipated the worst - rumors floated through the city that Nitespot Areas would be closed for several days each side of the King Rama IX cremation (26 October 2017), and a week following the day of the 13 October 2016 passing of the King.   However this was not the case.   The Thai Government did ask that Night Entertainment Venues close for the two days in question, and to exercise good judgement during the mourning period.   Such 'good judgement" was not only to be applied by the bar owners, but was also somewhat influenced in slightly different ways by Police Districts (Thong Lor, Lumpini and Bang Rak Police Districts).   Nevertheless, for most of the one-year-plus mourning period, the Night Entertainment Industry carried on status quo ante.

      The unsung champions of the year-long mourning period were the local and provincial transport organizations and individuals.   Free BMA bus lines were established to bring citizens to the inner city, as were free van routes from literally all over the country.   Most honorable mention goes to the volunteer motorcycle taxi drivers who donated so much of their time shuttling citizens in and out of the several congested areas that could no longer be reached by the busses and vans, thereby providing the opportunity for many older, and incapacitated, and very young people to pay their respects.   Without this extensive volunteer program, the process would have bogged down very early in the year.

      What ever you may want to believe, do NOT give credence to reports of the numbers of Thais paying their respects to their departed King, or to the amounts spent on the Royal Ceremonies, as these are inestimable.   In that virtually every able-bodied Thai in Bangkok and in the provinces did so - and when at all possible, did so in Bangkok, the actual number paying their final respects is, literally, no less than in the millions.   Further, there is no way this writer would be capable of accurately describing the deep sense of mourning exhibited by the Thai peoples over the last year - we will not even begin to try.   History will show that this magnificent outpouring, this colossal tribute to their late King Bhumipol, in all it's parts, is unmatched in Thailand's history.



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   Reader 1 :   According to my sources, the black working girls around Sukhumvit have mostly moved to China.

   Reader 2:   Those girls are creepy.   According to reports, they are primarily from Uganda, followed by Madagascar.

   Reader 3:   The pic of Police going thru handbag: IS that legal?   They are just asking for trouble without proof of crime committed.

   Midnite Hour:   It was actually the hotel security guard, not a tesaban cop - appearances are deceiving, he is actually behind the lady in question.
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   Reader:   I am planning a Pattaya Soi 6 soi bar crawl - and am blogging about it.    Would it be possible to display your Soi 6 map of the bars on my site?   I shall post info on where it came from - with a link back to your site of course.   FYI - it's just used on a little site 'Mango-Unchained' - where I rant about Thailand and write stories about hitting the bar areas.   Nothing controversial.      We have the odd reader contribution now and then - and of course people leave comments on the posts.

   Midnite Hour:   By all means, knock yourself out.   We encourage downloading for personal and not-for-profit use.   Please feel free to download the map from the Bangkok Eyes website.   The map is somewhat dated in that bars change hands there virtually every month, but our map should still be about 95 percent.   Good luck on the bar crawl.   Let us know of any interesting anomalies.   I have included a link to Mango-Unchained on this home page in the right-hand column.
Disc Jockeys, Clubs and Clubbers
   Reader:   I always enjoy the Bangkok Eyes.      Interesting you talking about (disc jockeys) Wolfman Jack,  Huggie Boy and  Art Laboe.   Appears you were a Southern Californian at some point!   I could get all of them in San Luis Obispo.

   Midnite Hour:   I was born and raised there.
Clinton Plaza - The 'A Go-Go Era'
   Reader:   At lunch the other day, our group was wracking our collective noodle trying to recall all the A Go-Go bars at the old Clinton Plaza.   Any hints?

   Midnite Hour:   From our survey of 31 May 2001, and searching back a bit further for name-changes, we note the below bars were A Go-Go bars. Also note, Flowers was Clinton Plaza's first A Go-Go.
      - The Doll House (prior to move to Cowboy)
      - Hollywood A Go Go East
      - Rock Hard
      - Crack House
      - The White House
      - The Candy Store A Go Go (Previously "Flowers A Go Go")
Escort Sites - A Difficult Proposition
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   Midnite Hour:   Unfortunately, we cannot place a link to your site, in that your site homepage has open nudity and reference to explicit sex.   As you may have noted from our Policy Statement, Bangkok Eyes is specifically a news blog on the ongoing history of the Thai Nightlife Scene.   Good luck on your site and your business venture.


'Reader's Corner' moderator -

'Boge' Hartman
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Let the November 2017 Follies  begin-

            Betty Lou may have got a new pair of shoes, but Jun Massage got a new pair of feet (see their new neon).   Do what you do, do well...

            The Tavern Three Saloon sprung for some new "Pool Bar" neon.   Which, being an open-fronted Nitespot, might have already been obvious from all the pool tables....   Nevertheless, adding a little color here and there never did any harm.

            Back when the PP2 end of Twilo was still Bada Bing, they put up some neon in the alleyway between PP1 and PP2 - and then proceeded to never turn it on.   It now stands as a relic of a former time...   One for the archives...

            A case of gone, but not gone.   The hammers and saws are a-flyin' at what was Cowboy's Five Star Bar.   It should open before December, and when it does open, it will be Five Star once again.

            As the nation's mourning came to a conclusion this October, Soi Cowboy remained open most of the time, but kept its topside marquee lighting doused.

   Of all Bangkok's Night Entertainment Areas, Nana Plaza and Soi Nana kept the strictest adherence to the general guidelines to 'show good taste' for the three days of remembrance during the Royal Cremation.   They remained closed.   Individual Venues in Bangkok's other Nitespot Areas were either closed for all three days, or open for two days (but subdued), or closed for an extra day - there was no consistency among the Venue owners.
    More Than A Rumor...

Taking note of the above pic of the Nana Plaza sign, one can just make out that the sign is undergoing restoration.   It is being whispered loudly (again) that this will precede the covering over of Nana Plaza's central area, which will commence mid-November.   The three center bar beers currently occupying that space will be removed while the roofing is being installed, but will be replaced with..... well, something, once construction on the roof is completed.   ...As stated, more than rumor, less than a fact...

            Strikers Sports Pub, located above the Nana Hotel parking lot, has upped the ante sign-wise.   Business as usual...   One more for the Archives.

            The shophouse that was renovating last month next to 4 Sport's has reopened as an adjunct to Jupiter, and is directly across the Soi from it.   Say no more....

            The Nakarat Massage & Spa has opened just behind 'Eat. Drink. Man. Women'.   The sign is quite visible, which is more than I can say for the entrance, which is nowhere to be found.   Nevertheless, welcome them to the slippery slope...

 SOI  22  
            The double-shophouse-wide Romruedee Day Spa & Massage has opened newly in a small subsoi - two lanes past the Marriott Hotel, on the same side.   One side of the Romruedee appears to be "spa", the other side appears to be ambiguous...   May they continue to slip and slide.
 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit) 

            The upstairs Luna Lounge in the Honey Plaza appears to be closed after only a month in operation.   It may be that they have closed down longer than required for the Royal Cremation (and didn't post a sign saying they would be closed).   If so, we shall gladly note their return to the fracas next time 'round the horn.   
 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit) 

            The Butterfly Bar & Restaurant located in Soi Starlight has gone the way of the Andalgalornis - signs down, doors padlocked.   Located that deep in a darkened soi, we wonder what unrealistic expectations they were harboring...   Its parent, Butterfly Bar located in Queen's Park Plaza, is still cooking with gas.
 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit) 

            The Pasela Girls Restaurant Bar has not reopened after the Royal Cremation.   We'll put them on the vigil, and get back atcha should there be a reversal-of-misfortunes.
 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit) 

            It appears as though the Japanese Snack has said its final 'sayonara' and returned once more to the nightshadows...   
 SOI  22  (Sukhumvit) 

            The Vagabond bar beer is a reincarnation of the streetbar of the same name - which was, until the crackdown, located near Sukhumvit Soi 7/1.   It will be interesting to see how much of the slack it takes up from the Cheap Charlies crowd - now that Cheap Charlies is closed.   Rather than try to describe where it is located, we have included a small street locator map.   Welcome to the machine.

 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            Four of the tiny massage parlors in the Ambassador Hotel side-lanes have closed up shop - their premises now bare-to-the-bone.   May the fates deal them a better hand next time 'round...
      -  P & K Massage
      -  Dady Massage
      -  Nuan Massage
      -  Very GoodMassage
(No photos available.)
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            At first glance we thought the Meaw Meaw Bar had folded tent and disappeared into the night.   Even their tiny side-extension bar beer was closed.   But on a closer look, we see that they are busy incorporating the old Classic Bar digs into their own.   Hammers and saws are heard above the rock-&-roll din of the surrounding bars.   They should be open before the end of the month, whereupon we shall duly report next issue.
 QUEEN's  PARK  PLAZA  (Sukhumvit 22) 

            For the photo Archives: The Hana House Karaoke has put out some colorful roadside signage.   May they continue to navigate the vicissitudes.

 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Sukhumvit 33) 

            The Fortune 17 Karaoke should be opening its doors right about   ....NOW.   They are taking over the digs of the Himawari Snack which closed a couple months back.   We'll keep an ear to the ground and report back once it has opened.
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Sukhumvit 33) 

            The fat lady sang quite suddenly at the long-standing Sweet Mango Massage.   The real estate has been taken over by a non-Night Entertainment venue.   Located at the back of Sub-soi 3.
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Sukhumvit 33) 

            The upstairs Vanilla closed exactly one month after it's downstairs neighbor, 'Tsudoi'.   But this time there was no notice, no map as to where they might be.   We can assume they went headlong into the Abyss and, as no one ever has, they won't be coming back out.
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Sukhumvit 33) 

            The Kocho Ran is expanding into two Venues, one to reopen this November (see archive pic below), and a new one already open.   We shall provide full photo coverage in our upcoming issue.
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Sukhumvit 33) 

            Dynamic signage : yes, its time has come...   Below is Magic Table's new in-your-eye example.   Something we couldn't possibly capture with just a photo.   Looking good.

 SOI  EDEN    
            Wether you choose to call it 'feng shui' or just 'location, location, location', the realities are the same.   When you have it, you have it - when you don't, you don't.   New Wave's tenure at its new location has been curtailed most abruptly.   Greener grass, gents.
 SOI  EDEN   (Sukhumvit 7/1) 

            The main Hotmale signage has recently been covered over by a reflective awning - making for an unusual archival photograph.   All is status quo ante.






With thanks to Cool Text -

Bangkok Eyes goes back in time to see
Who was new - And who was through
in the Expat Night Entertainment world.
How many of these old 'oases'
do you remember ?

Patpong I
November 1997

   *  The Sesso rip-off bar opened newly in the just closed Good Show.   Located above today's Thigh Bar.   Today, an unlicensed, unnamed rip-off 'massage' operates there.

Patpong 2
November 1997

   *  The P.P. Thai Traditional Massage reopened on the 3rd floor of the Cosmos stairwell.    No Nitespot currently occupies that space.

   *  The Bua Luang Restaurant opened in the real estate that is now The Strip.

   *  The Pinocchio's Club closed temporarily.   They are still at that location.

   *  The Trade Winds Pub dropped "Carpenters" from their name.   Those digs currently occupied by Vinai's Bar.

   *  The Pussy Center took over from the just-closed upstairs The Winner Bar on Soi Bookstore.   No Nitespot currently occupies that space.

   *  Kob's Place opened newly in the Marina Cocktail Lounge digs up on The Ramp.   Today, those premises are occupied by The World.

   *  The Nightwings Cocktail Lounge opened newly, next door to Three Ladies Cocktail Lounge - also up on The Ramp.   No Nitespot currently occupies those digs.

Soi Cowboy
November 1997

   *  An unnamed open bar opened near the Long Gun at the corner of Soi Asoke.   It would become Piccolo Entertainment, which is today's The Corner.

   *  Country Road incorporated the previously vacated Butterfly digs, becoming 4 shophouses wide.   Country Road is still at that location.

Nana Plaza
November 1997

   *    A new bar (unnamed a month ago) on the 3rd Level has this month officially been named Hollywood II Rock & Roll.

Soi Katoey
( Silom Soi 4 )
November 1997

   *    The Cactus Club closed down earlier, was reopened.   It was located just next-door, deeper in the Soi, to today's Banana Bar on 4.

Buckskin Joe Village
(~ November 1988 to November 2006)
(Also known -originally- as Tobacco Road or Soi Rot Fai or, 'The Tracks', and later as Machim [Thai] and Soi Zero)
November 1997

   *    The Moon Bar closed down.




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But is it ....ART ?

Check out Bangkok's dedicated page at "BKK" <link>


   In this bent-over-backward era of political correctness, entitlements and litigation-mania, it should not surprise you that there is a law on the books named, appropriately, Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA) wherein 'visual artists' are granted rights over works they created - but which they do not own.   These rights are indeed limited, nevertheless recent interpretations allow that artists can be entitled to financial compensation for artistic works of their creation -even if they do not own them- which have been intentionally destroyed without the artists' consent.

   Extensive discussion of the intricacies and the legalities are contained in the links below.   But the basic story is the privately owned derelict building in New York that came to be known as 5Pointz had become, over a 20-year period, a graffiti haven.   Through a unique casual agreement between a graffiti 'faction' and building developer Jerry Wolkoff, the graffiti artists were permitted not only to paint freely on, and within, but were also allowed to set up temporary 'stalls' - entirely rent-free.

   The arrangement worked seamlessly until 2013, when Wolkoff and company announced their intention to raze the building complex and erect commercial structures on the property.   There was of course, a hue and cry from the 'coalition' of graffiti artists.   ...To no avail, the developers swooped in one dark, moonless night and whitewashed the building.   This was months in advance of their actually demolishing the complex.   (The new commercial buildings now stand on that real estate.)

   It was at that point someone put a bee-in-the-bonnet of the graffiti coalition : 'You have rights under the Visual Artists Rights Act and you should sue'.   The graf artists may not be able to continue on as before, but at least there was going to be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow...   First, they needed a lawyer.

   And a lawyer they got, and a suit was leveled against the developer.   ...Whereupon, earlier this year, the developer's lawyer petitioned the court for dismissal, arguing that the VARA law didn't apply in this case.   The judge ruled that the law, at least selectively, could apply.   The court case has now commenced.

   The court has yet to issue a verdict, however, it is virtually certain that developer Wolkoff will be shelling out big bucks to the graffiti artists and, of course, their lawyer will take his juicy slice...   Developer Wolkoff will be paying dearly for his generosity over the last 20 years - in helping to encourage a large swath of New York's graffiti vandals to leave the streets for a 'safe haven' of artistic expression.   -All free of charge.   Truly, no good deed goes unpunished.

Let's see if we got this right....
   *1. Wealthy person, entity or celebrity.
   *2. Contrived grievance.
   *3. Lawyer.
   *4. Law Suit.
   *5. Money.
Does this just about cover it?

Gentrification of the Graffiti Artist

      As an aside, we have seen the 'gentrification' of graffiti - from "vandalism" to "street art" to "urban art brut" and other euphemisms, all the way to objets d'art found in the best museums and auction houses.   But we have not seen, heretofore, the trail - the gentrification of the graffiti artist himself.

Let's take a look:

The original assumption was; as violent street gangs marked territory with graffiti, they were the source of all graffiti.   We will call them:
Gang members.

But wait, now we know this is not always true, let's just call these dysfunctional juvenile delinquents what they really are:

But, no, much of this graffiti is very artistic.   We are obliged to recognize this fact.   We shall call them:
Graffiti Artists.

No, no, wait just a minute - we need to erase the stigma associated with 'Graffiti' and all it implies.   We need to call them:
Street Artists.

Ah, but there is still the stigma of 'streets', which could prejudice people against them and cause them anxiety.   We will now call them:   (I'm not making this up...)
Aerosol Artists.

What next?
Masters of Non-Traditional Fine Arts ?

Coming soon to a wall near you....

Graphic excerpts above are from Internet sources, and are, under current legal precedents and prevailing interpretations
considered 'Fair Use' under Copyright Law.   Copyright of all original artwork resides exclusively with the artists.

With thanks to Cool

Graffiti #995
8 ft high x 13 ft

Graffiti #996
7ft high x 13 ft

Graffiti #997
Madrid Silver
7 ft high x 13 ft

Graffiti #998
Flies The Serpent
7 ft high x 10 ft

Graffiti #999
Freddy Lives!
8 ft high x 7 ft

Graffiti #1000
8 ft high x 11 ft

Graffiti #1001
7 ft high x 6 ft    (main object)

Bangkok Eyes is an historical news outlet, and as such, all graphic excerpts herein are considered, under current legal precedents and
prevailing interpretations, 'Fair Use' under Copyright Law.   Copyright of any original artwork resides exclusively with the artists.

Bangkok's original site !

Graffiti Page is prepared by Staff Contributor "Boge" Hartman .

(Boge's photo, above, is not a graffiti per-se, although there are those who have insinuated....
- Ed)

--- Datzit Fernow

William R. Morledge


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01 MAR -   Bad Company
01 APR -    LK Metro - Pattaya
01 MAY -    Soi 33 goes East
01 JUN -    Rachada Fades
01 JUL -    Freelancers
01 AUG -    Nana Plaza Map 2015
01 SEP -    Soi Nana Map 2015
01 OCT -    Walking Street - Pattaya
01 NOV -    Rachada - The Giant
01 DEC -    A Go-Go's Story

- 2014 -
01 JAN -   Bangkok's Got The Blues
01 FEB -   Soi 26 - Stayin' Alive
01 MAR -    Nightscene rues Mob
01 APR -    My Friend owns a Bar...
01 MAY -    Soi's 3, 5 and 7
01 JUN -    Curfew's Costly Cut
01 JUL -    Soi 13 Makes It's Move
01 AUG -    Pattaya Does The Twist
01 SEP -    Soi's 18 & 20 - Quieter is Better
01 OCT -    Soi's 10 & 14 - Lesser known Sois
01 NOV -    A Good Old Boy...
01 DEC -    Lang Suan & Sarasin

- 2013 -
01 JAN -    Not Fade Away - The Survivors
01 FEB -    Rare Old Photos
01 MAR -   Copa Reprise
01 APR -    Arise, Soi 22
01 MAY -    Where to Next ?
01 JUN -    Bangkok Noir
01 JUL -    MAPS - The Major Update
01 AUG -    Lamai Lamai Lamai
01 SEP -    Tim 'Wanchai' Young
01 OCT -    Soi Wall Street
01 NOV -    Little Thonglor - Soi 11
01 DEC -    Mississippi Queen

- 2012 -
01 JAN -    Mama-San
01 FEB -    Our 10th Anniversary Issue !
01 MAR -    How Gay Nana ?
01 APR -    Sukhumvit' Soi 23 - The Big Picture
01 MAY -    Khao San Road - Unique Bazaar
01 JUN -    Ekamai - It Used To Be Too Far
01 JUL -    Nightlife Pioneers
01 AUG -    The New Puritans
01 SEP -    Nana - On It's Own
01 OCT -    FAIL - War on Nitespot Drugs
01 NOV -    Patpong Unbroken
01 DEC -    Drugs & the Nightscene in History
- 2011 -
01 JAN -    Patpong's 'Glory Days'
01 FEB -    Nightlife In A Digital Age
01 MAR -    Co-Co Walk Plaza
01 APR -    Soi 33 Septemberes On
01 MAY -    Nightlife Permissiveness
01 JUN -    Ghosts of Nitelife Past
01 JUL -    STATE - The Cinema, Soi & Area
01 AUG -    Soi Darling
01 SEP -    Sri Nakarin South
01 OCT -    Soi 8 Reprise
01 NOV -    Floodless in Bangkok
01 DEC -    Soi Udomsuk

- 2010 -
01 JAN -    Street Bars II - The triple-Dip
01 FEB -    Our Kind Of Art - II    - Chris Coles
01 MAR -    The Dead Artist Bars - Soi 33
01 APR -    "Soi Ginza" - Thaniya Road
01 MAY -    Night Scene Blues (Red Shirts 1)
01 JUN -    Nitespots Recover Slowly (Reds 2)
01 JUL -    World Cup Special
01 AUG -    Those Old Photos
01 SEP -    The German Invasion
01 OCT -    Racism & Prejudice
01 NOV -    Soi 11 Revisited
01 DEC -    Soi 22 Updater

- 2009 -
01 JAN -    The Santika Fire
01 FEB -    Salt & Pepper
01 MAR -    Nana Plaza - Update & Maps
01 APR -    Soi Nana Update
01 MAY -    The Nightscene & The Riots
01 JUN -    "19" Re-Focus
01 JUL -    Rain Dogs - The Underground
01 AUG -    Soi Thonglor - A bridge-too-far
01 SEP -    Ban Chang - Our Little Secret
01 OCT -    The "Ginza Effect'
01 NOV -    Royal City Avenue (RCA)
01 DEC -    Sutthisan & The Inthamara's

- 2008 -
01 JAN -    2007 - Looking Back
01 FEB -    Owning A Bar
01 MAR -    Expat's Bangkok
01 APR -    Nude Dancing
01 MAY -    After Midnite
01 JUN -    Night Scene In Flux
01 JUL -    Our Kind Of Art
01 AUG -    trendy Plaza Reprise
01 SEP -    The Elephants Are ....Back
01 OCT -    Grand Prix Intro
01 NOV -    Grand Prix - Rick's Story
01 DEC -    "Old Bangkok Hand"

- 2007 -
01 JAN -    Bombs Blast Bangkok
01 FEB -    Bangkok's Nightscene Websites
01 MAR -    Prasitipol Dance Bar To Fall
01 APR -    Soi 5 Neon Review
01 MAY -    A Go-Go Bangkok
01 JUN -    Arise ! Soi 11
01 JUL -    Anatomy Of A Bar Area
01 AUG -    Soi 26 - Too Far ?
01 SEP -    Chuwit Guilty
01 OCT -    Daytime Nana Plaza
01 NOV -    Cowboy - All Of It
01 DEC -    Another Nitespot Area Falls

- 2006 -
01 JAN -    Pattaya Ascending
01 FEB -    A Go-Go Then & Now
01 MAR -    ' Madrid '
01 APR -    White Heat
01 MAY -    Politics & Nightlife
01 JUN -    Fagin's Bratpack
01 JUL -    King Bhumibol's 60th Anniversary
01 AUG -    Soi 10 - The Final Shaft
01 SEP -    Pattaya's Soi Bua Khow
01 OCT -    Rachada's Other Face
01 NOV -    Soi 22s Other Bars
01 DEC -    Soi Eden Goes A Go-Go

- 2005 -
01 JAN -    Asoke Plaza Crushed
01 FEB -    The 'Nana Scene'
01 MAR -    Asoke Plaza Smashed Again
01 APR -    Sukhumvit 1 Plaza 'Arrives'
01 MAY -    Welcome 'Soi Eden'
01 JUN -    Bangkok's Bareback Riders
01 JUL -    Soi 22 - A Macro View
01 AUG -    Nana's Slide
01 SEP -    Cowboy Street Scene
01 OCT -    The Pattaya Run
01 NOV -    Soi 19 In Focus
01 DEC -    Bad Girls

- 2004 -
01 JAN -    Bangkok's Darkest Year
01 FEB -    Where Is trink ?
01 MAR -    Soi 33 Just Won't Stop
01 APR -    Cracks In The Crackdown
01 MAY -    In The Zone
01 JUN -    "Night-Scene Jumbos
01 JUL -    Easy Square 'On The Map'
01 AUG -    Soi 1 Entertainment Plaza
01 SEP -    Khlong Toey Revisited
01 OCT -    Koh Samui's Night Scene
01 NOV -    Soi 1 Opens
01 DEC -  &nbnbsp; The Bangkok Pub Scene

- 2003 -
01 JAN -    Cowboy Crackdown
01 FEB -    Sukhumvit Square Smashed
01 MAR -    Soi 10 Survivors
01 APR -    War & The Night Scene
01 MAY -    Entertainment Blues
01 JUN -    '13 Night Market' Reborn
01 JUL -    Clinton Plaza Falls
01 AUG -    Soi 24 Nightscene Review
01 SEP -    Does Soi Nana Measure Up?
01 OCT -    Patpong - Legend & Myth
01 NOV -    Easy Square 'Launched'
01 DEC -    Soi Cowboy Urine-Swoop

- 2002 -
01 FEB -    January: Big Changes In Bar Scene
09 JUN -    Sukhumvit Square 'Explosion'

20 JUN -    Soi 22's Queen's Park Plaza
01 JUL -    Clinton Plaza - Already Dead?
01 AUG -    Bar Beers Now "Major Players"
16 AUG -    July: Bar Beers Gaining Ground
01 SEP -    A Go-Gos A-building
17 SEP -    Virtual Bars
01 OCT -    A History In The Making
01 NOV -    Pool Bars Come Of Age
01 DEC -    November's Night Follies
15 DEC -    Genesis: Sukhumvit's Night Scene

01 JAN -    Seminal Survey -Paradisio Closes
- 2001 -
01 JAN -    Baccara opens in Cowboy
01 FEB -    Club Habanos Closes - PP1
01 MAR -    Ferang Connection Closes - Nana
01 APR -    Rock Hard BB Open - Clinton Pl.
01 MAY -    Las Vegas Opens - Cowboy
01 JUN -    'Wall Street' Opens - Soi 33
01 JUL -    Vixens Closes - Nana
01 AUG -    6 A Go-Go's Shut - Clinton Pl.
01 SEP -    Pussy Collection Opens - PP1
01 OCT -    Girl Friend Closes - PP1
01 NOV -    Rainbow III Opens - Nana
01 DEC -    White House Reopens - Clinton Pl.

- 2000 -
JAN -    'Cowboy Annex' Starts Up
FEB -    Agogo 2000 new at Nana
MAR -    Flowers - Clinton's 1st A Go-Go
APR -    Angel Witch new at Nana
MAY -    Dubliner now at Washington Sq
JUN -    Coco Loco opens at Clinton Pl.
JUL -    Bottoms Up new at Nana
AUG -    Crack House opens at Clinton Pl.
SEP -    Doll House / White House open at Clinton
OCT -    Rock Hard to open at Clinton Pl.
NOV -    Big Dogs opens at Nana
DEC -    Lolita opens in Cowboy Annex

- 1999 -
JAN -    Masquerade Closes @ Nana
FEB -    "Entertainment Plaza" Start-Up
MAR -    SuperStar is PP SuperBar !
APR -    Washington Square goes Critical
MAY-    New Klymaxx closes (Cowboy)
JUN -    'Wet Lips opens (Cowboy)
JUL -    Sam 2000 opens (Cowboy)
AUG -    Monica's opens (Clinton Plaza)
SEP -    Muzzik Cafe open on PP1
OCT -    No Probl'm now Cat's Meow
NOV -    Titty Twisters opens at Nana
DEC -    Londoner Brew Pub new on Soi 33
- 1998 -
JAN -    Nancy Bar opens on Floor 2, Nana
FEB -    Tabasco Charlies opens - (NEP)
MAR -    Cowboy 2 is a 'Pizzaria' - Soi Cowboy
APR -    New A Go Go Duck opens - Cowboy
MAY -    Raw Hide opens on Cowboy
JUN -    Para Disio opens - Floors 2 & 3 - NEP
JUL -    Patpong Cafe opens - PP2
AUG -    'Funny Girls' becomes 'Girlfriend' - PP1
SEP -    Masquerade opens on 3rd Floor - NEP
OCT -    Virgo opens on Cowboy
NOV -    Obsession, Beverly Hills, Red Lips open
DEC -    Lucifer Disko Tk opens atop Radio City

- 1997 -
JAN -    'Hot Rods' opens @ Nana
FEB -    Crazy Lady closes (Nana)
MAR -    3 Lounges closed - 'The Ramp'
APR -    Blue Sky Bar closes - PP1
MAY -    Crackdown at Nana
JUN -    Crystal Palace opens - PP2
JUL -    Limelight closes - PP1
AUG -    Rainbow II opens @ Nana
SEP -    Cowboy's Butterfly Gone
OCT -    Shadow drops Crazy Jack (Cowboy)
NOV -    Hollywood 2 now on 3rd Floor (NEP)
DEC -    Susies opens @ Buckskin Joe Village
- 1996 -
JAN -    Shooters opens on 3rd Floor (NEP)
FEB -    XTC Closes, then Reopens (NEP)
MAR -    Tapas back on line (Soi Katoey)
APR -    Long Gun expands (2X) [Cowboy]
MAY -    Apache reopens on 'The Boy'
JUN -    Pink Panther "upstairs" closes
JUL -    Iconic Mile's Place gone...
AUG -    Upstairs Touch Bar closes (PP1)
SEP -    Pharaoh opens in NEP carpark
OCT -    Spirit House opens in NEP
NOV -    Crazy Lady opens in NEP
DEC -    Long Gun 2 opens (now Rawhide)

- 1995 -
JAN -    PP1 Butterfly Closed
FEB -    Camelot Castle Opens
MAR -    NEPs Bubble Gum gone...
APR -    Tiny 'Imagine' Closed
MAY -    (Quietest month on record)
JUN -    NEPs Mon Cherie axed
JUL -    Play Skool opens (NEP)
AUG -    Opium Club new on The Ramp
SEP -    D.L Irish Pub (ex: Bamboo's)
OCT -    NEP 3rd Floor Opens
NOV -    Klymaxx 2 opens on Cowboy
DEC -    Chicks opens upstairs (PP1)
- 1994 -
JAN -    Takara Bar opens upstairs
FEB -    Big Blue 1 now on Cowboy
MAR -    Playboy opens ex: Takara Bar
APR -    Pretty Girl opens in Nana
MAY -    Smile Club opens at last
JUN -    Sawasdee Club opens in PP2
JUL -    Bumble Bee new in Cowboy
AUG -    Queen's Castle II axes Suzie Wong
SEP -    Voodoo opens in Nana
OCT -    SuperStar closes then reopens
NOV -    Radio City takes over Smile Club
DEC -    Marina take over Montana on Ramp

- 1993 -
JAN -       -
FEB -       -
MAR -   Saloons - More Areas Added
APR -    Saloons -Adding "Nana"
MAY -    Red Diamond Closed
JUN -    Saloons - Tomatohead Closes
JUL -    Pretty Lady A Go Go
AUG -    Mars Party House closed
SEP -    Matterhorn & Star Pub
OCT -    Sawasdee Cocktail Lounge - New
NOV -    Thigh Bar name change
DEC -    Smile Club to open...
- 1990 -
JAN -    Buckskin Joe - Initial Survey

- 1989 -
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