Mickey Mouse Skull

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When we first moved to Bangkok, it didn't take long for me to start noticing this Mickey Mouse skull everywhere. And I mean everywhere. We'd be walking down the street and I'd notice it as a small sticker on a stop sign. In another neighborhood, it would be spray-painted as part of a large mural. I even started seeing it when we traveled out of the city in other parts of Thailand. While out of the country, Casey spotted it in Laos.

What does it mean?! I exclaimed when he told me about his discovery. I felt like this thing was following me.

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mouseskull_ploenchit

{ Mouse skull near BTS Ploen Chit }

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mouseskull_bangkok

{ The first mouse skull I ever spotted near Wireless Road }

And as it turns out, that's exactly what the artist hoped for.

Thai street artist  Bon or Mue Bon hoped that the image would stick with people and plastered it across the globe in the form of stickers, stencils and spray paint with a mission to make the masses remember it and hopefully start to question it within their hearts.

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mouseskull_sukhumvit

{ Mouse skull and a room for rent in the Sukhumvit area }

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{ A mouse skull I see daily during strolls around Ari }

If you look closely, you can make out a peace sign within the face of the skull ~ conveying a message of peace in the face of death. "Being reminded of death may make visible peace,"  said Bon on the meaning behind the mouse skull.

The idea came to him when he was ordained as a monk nearly 10 years ago. He had the realization that peace is possible if we learn to accept that we are all going to die one day, so there is no need to harm others. Since then, he has spread the Mickey Mouse skull around the world - from Thailand to Laos and Denmark to Norway - with no plans of stopping anytime soon.

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{The mouse skull made its way to Ko Phi Phi island }

Beyond the skull, Bon is known for a slew of other human and animal characters that he brings to life in rainbow-colored bursts across concrete walls and crumbling buildings. His work is most prevalent in the Siam and Sukhumvit areas of Bangkok, but with the force in which his star is rising, it may not be long before you start to see a mouse skull near you.

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{ Can you spot the skull among the stickers? }