“Violence was his way out of tragedy.”Excerpt from ‘Good Boy Turned Bad’ by Piman Sly
Based on a true story, this song is about Py’s childhood friend who used to be a kind and cheerful person, but was bullied so much in elementary school that he chose to go to a junior high school that was notorious for student violence to toughen himself up – determined never to be bullied ever again. And yes, he did become tough. His gang would get on a pickup truck and drive around late at night to find people to fight with.
When he reached his mid-twenties, his father passed away suddenly. Being the only son, he had to takeover the family business – a poultry slaughterhouse. I went to his father’s funeral and had a little catchup with him while he was overlooking his employees slitting the throats of about a hundred chickens each hour. He said he had to beat them up once in a while to show his authority, saying it was necessary as many of the slaughterers were local thugs.
Many years later, Py received a call from him saying that he quit the business after his mother passed away to pursue his passion in scenic photography. Hearing from the tone of his voice, Py felt that his friend was finally happy and peaceful…
In Thailand, school violence – especially in vocational and polytechnic schools has been a problem for a very long time. Warring schools would fight with all sorts of weapons, whether sharpened steel rulers, knives or even homemade guns – for reasons ranging from turf, women, revenge or to collect an opponent’s belt buckle as a trophy. Although many want to go to school to learn and achieve a better life, but the reasons why a large number of boys voluntarily choose certain schools for a life of violence is rooted deep in the culture of male dominance.
“Good Boy Turned Bad” is a song written to discuss about patriarchal violence and the effects of bullying that can turn a kind young boy into a violent young man, hoping that this vicious cycle will one day end.
“Picture speaks a thousand words, but silences screams within.”Excerpt from ‘Family Portrait’ by Piman Sly
Some picture-perfect families are far from perfect in reality, and the children in those families may have to hide their true identities or having an opinion about how they want to live their lives. We realized that one of those types of children are LGBTQ’s, and we’d like to give them a voice through one of our local LGBTQ heroes, ‘Pat’ Chanudom.
Although Pat was fortunate to be raised by parents whom understood her, supported her and gave her the freedom to be who she is, she agreed to lend us her talent and image to give a voice to those having to hide their true identities, ambitions or suffering from other forms of domestic abuse and suppression.