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Celebrated artist dies in Phuket surfing accident
Prapaporn Jitmaneeyaphan

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Pharuephon “Tum” Mukdasanit died in Phuket on Saturday.

PHUKET: -- Celebrated graphic and street artist Pharuephon “Tum” Mukdasanit, 34, better known as “Mamafaka” died this morning after a surfing accident at Kata Beach on Saturday.

Mr Tum was rescued by beach lifeguards after getting into difficulty, and was taken unconscious to Patong Hospital, and then transferred to Bangkok Hospital Phuket.

As doctors tried to bring him round, messages of condolence poured onto his Facebook fan page, which has 30,000 “likes” by admirers. Video clips were posted by well known singers Pongsit “Pu” Kamphee and Toon Bodyslam.

According to the Facebook page, Mr Tum graduated from Rangsit University in 2004 and was immediately hired by international advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, the start of a career littered with awards for his advertising work.

His art started to appear in large circulation Thai and international design magazines such as Wallpaper, Territory and CG+ and he became involved in a wide variety of artistic events and projects including Tiger Beer’s Tiger Translate art events, the Bangkok Design Festival and the motorbike-related Ride a Life art project.

Most of his fans know him, however, as “Mamafaka B.O.R.E.D”, convener of the country’s most celebrated crew of graphic artists, which he founded in 2002 while still at university.

In 2011 Mr Tum went freelance. He was in huge demand, working on advertising campaigns for brands such as Converse, K-Swiss, Billabong, Preduce Skateboards, M150, Isuzu, Smirnoff and Yamaha.

He still found time to work on his own projects, including street art. Even people who do not know his named would probably recognise his cartoon creation, Mr Hellyeah, who has one large eye and a body covered in mustache hair, and who spawned a whole clan of similar characters which appeared everywhere from the walls of derelict buildings to Champagne bottles. Mr Hellyeah was even turned into a monster toy.

Mr Tum’s funeral will be held in Khon Kaen, in Thailand’s northeast.

Source: http://www.thephuketnews.com/celebrated-artist-dies-in-phuket-surfing-accident-41795.php

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-- Phuket News 2013-09-09

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"Mr Tum was rescued by beach lifeguards after getting into difficulty, and was taken unconscious to Patong Hospital"

Unfortunately, he wasn't rescued otherwise he may well still be alive. How can this happen at the busiest section of the beach where there are more lifeguards than anywhere else? Apparently he was dead when he was pulled from the water. Another needless drowning. RIP

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According to another source *(Edited out)*, Mr. Tum couldn't swim. He went out on a surfboard, lost the board and couldn't make it back to the beach...

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According to another source *(Edited out)*, Mr. Tum couldn't swim. He went out on a surfboard, lost the board and couldn't make it back to the beach...

I do not know the "source" you are quoting, but surely that information can not be correct.

I have never heard of surfer that can't swim. The deceased would have come off his board many times whilst a novice, learning the sport.

RIP

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According to another source *(Edited out)*, Mr. Tum couldn't swim. He went out on a surfboard, lost the board and couldn't make it back to the beach...

I do not know the "source" you are quoting, but surely that information can not be correct.

I have never heard of surfer that can't swim. The deceased would have come off his board many times whilst a novice, learning the sport.

RIP

Maybe you should read the above post? It's not too difficult to figure out. As I said in the first place it was an article in the Phuketwan, which I know I cannot provide a link to, nor quote from...

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According to another source *(Edited out)*, Mr. Tum couldn't swim. He went out on a surfboard, lost the board and couldn't make it back to the beach...

I do not know the "source" you are quoting, but surely that information can not be correct.

I have never heard of surfer that can't swim. The deceased would have come off his board many times whilst a novice, learning the sport.

RIP

AFAIK nobody has said that he was a ''surfer"..anyone at all can rent/borrow a surfboard and go play in the waves...

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"Mr Tum was rescued by beach lifeguards after getting into difficulty, and was taken unconscious to Patong Hospital"

Unfortunately, he wasn't rescued otherwise he may well still be alive. How can this happen at the busiest section of the beach where there are more lifeguards than anywhere else? Apparently he was dead when he was pulled from the water. Another needless drowning. RIP

It doesn't take long to drown!

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I think one of the responsibilities of being a parent is teaching your children how to swim. We call it water proofing the kids. Of course if you can't swim yourself. You will be unable to teach how to swim. Then you get lessons. From some one who can swim. An actual proper class is better. The schools should teach swimming, wherever possible.

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According to another source *(Edited out)*, Mr. Tum couldn't swim. He went out on a surfboard, lost the board and couldn't make it back to the beach...

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I think one of the responsibilities of being a parent is teaching your children how to swim. We call it water proofing the kids. Of course if you can't swim yourself. You will be unable to teach how to swim. Then you get lessons. From some one who can swim. An actual proper class is better. The schools should teach swimming, wherever possible.

Agree! I grew up 3 blocks from the ocean and started swimming lessons at about 5 years old. About 1960. When my daughter was born, I started her in swimming lesson at 3 years old. I guess my parents were more persistent than I. They made me swim on swim teams and junior lifeguards though high school.

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Probably the single most important thing anyone can possibly learn ! In Scotland it is taught at school, between maths and geography, and should be taught at all schools. It has saved my life on more than a few occasions. R.I.P.

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