Saturday, May 04, 2013

Amazing Calligrapher - PhotoHunt


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Amazing Calligrapher Tan Hong Jiu performing his incredible skill.

PhotoHunt theme : Something Upside Down/Under

I first met this amazing street artist Mr Tan Hong Jiu on Bugis Street. A huge crowd gathered around him as he performed using his hands, mouth, toes and neck to write Chinese characters with a calligraphy brush.

Using my hands, I can't even write Chinese characters well with a calligraphy brush. -_-'''
Try writing with your toes in an upside down position and you will know how difficult it is! :P

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Mr Tan used to be a silk-screen businessman more than two decades ago. But he was forced to wind up his business when he could not keep up with the Internet boom in the '80s. In 2002, this avid yoga and self-taught calligraphy hobbyist took his skills to the streets.


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using his mouth to write with two calligraphy brushes 

He performs thrice a week on Bugis Street as there are more tourists there. Do look out for him when you are on Bugis Street.

26 comments:

  1. Wow re Mr Tan! Very cool post for this week's Photohunt there, ECL! :)

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    1. Many who saw his performance couldn't help clapping for him and cheering him.

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    1. I do not get tired of his performance, I would watch whenever he is performing. :)

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  4. He's very talented, and flexible. Interesting photos for the themes.

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    1. Right, for a man who has passed 55 years old, he is indeed flexible.

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  5. My goodness ! I wonder how my cat paintings would look like if I would paint this way ! Besides the fact that some bones would crack !

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  6. such an awesome calligrapher. i'll give him an A+ for his talent.

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  7. WOW Great shots for this week's theme.

    Have a super weekend.

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  8. He is amazing and perfect for the theme.

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  9. So talented ECL, I buy a calendar every year with paintings painted by artists using their mouths and feet, unbelievably beautiful pictures. I'm full of admiration.

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  10. One of my Aunt took calligraphy and I don't know if she did anything with it. I'm so glad that the computer has a good selection of fonts to choose from...I would be lost if I had to do as Mr Tan does
    Coffee is on

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  11. Wow, that is cool. What an amazing artist!

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  12. Ahh.. Bugis... miss that place, oh, i can't write well with a calligraphy brush too :/

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  13. Hope to bump into this guy when and if I'm in the area! :)

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  14. Happy Thursday and enjoy the rest of your week! :)

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  15. Hi ECL, thanks for the kind feature on my dad.
    I feel so proud of him and I will definitely let him know of the kind words of you and the rest here.
    I would be really grateful if you could head over to his fb and like his page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tan-Hong-Jiu/307501692665903. Thank you so much :)

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