Sunday, 27 March 2011

preserving Paradise

“Preserve the Paradise” is this year's theme of
Samui International Body Painting Competition
going on this weekend on lovely Lamai beach.

Koh Samui is one of the most beautiful islands off the
east coast of Thailand and one of its top tourism spots
which is now undergoing a dearth of foreign visitors
for many reasons, not least Burma's current earthquake
and aftershocks whose casualties are dreadfully 
higher than the official figure.

The event aims to compete as a venue for international
body painting contests matching the likes of the ones
held in Europe, US and Canada and is expected
to fetch in local and international visitors while
stimulating interest in Thai arts and, of course,
in the beautiful island.

The amazing designs are mostly based on marine life
highlighting the theme of conservation and Samui's 
the right place to do it because the island's supply of
tourism infrastructures (the plan to build a second airport
has been lately pushed) begins to outstrip arrivals demand.

Staring at these colorful masterworks is indeed a feast 
for our eyes as well a powerful source of inspiration.

all photos © by Arthur Jones Dionio via


  1. Dearest Elisabetta,

    This is truly incredible artwork of body painting! A joy to study those...
    Have a great Sunday evening (with now Summertime for you too, two weeks after us...) and have a great start of the new week!

    Lots of love,


  2. you always have the most interesting blog posts!

  3. I second Mika Elan's comment :) .