Smoking Kid


Singapore, Singapore

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FEATURED in ImageWriting January 2009

This is one of my all time favourite photos…

I had mentioned it in my recent journal entry about featured vs un-featured as being one of my most viewed images at JPG, with over 1,000 views there.

Then I realised I had not posted this image here, so here it is. Let’s see how many views this image will generate over here on Red Bubble!

The story behind this pix is this:

This Young Smoker – a member of the Black Lahu tribe in Northern Thailand – must have been not more than five or six years old.

He has four cigarettes on him, the fourth being tucked above his other ear.

And the interesting additional information is that he wanted to beat me after I took his photos. He had asked me for money, but because I did not have small change left, I turned him down.

He then threw stones at me and tried to beat me with a stick!

I thought to myself, this kid would probably grow up to become a drug warlord at the Golden Triangle along the Thai / Burmese border.

He would be old enough for that role today as this image was shot in 1983.

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