Comments: 888..Now that’s twisted!

In Chinese culture, certain numbers, 6, 8, and 9 are believed to have auspicious meanings because their names sound similar to words that have positive meanings. The word for eight in Chinese (Pinyin: bā) sounds similar to the word which means prosper or wealth. In regional dialects, the words for eight and fortune are also similar, eg Cantonese “baat” and “faat.”

There is also a resemblance between two digits, “88,” and the Shuang xi (double joy), a popular decorative design composed of two stylized characters (xi, ‘joy’, ‘happiness’).

The Summer Olympics in Beijing are scheduled to open on 8/8/08 at 8:08:08 p.m.

According to Buddhism, the Wheel of the Law is one of the many signs or symbols that are holy to Buddhists because they stand for our religion and make us think of its teachings when we see any of these symbols. The wheel has 8 spokes, which are the rules of pure conduct (the Eightfold Path, Right Understanding, Right Aims, Right Speech, Right Actions, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Meditation) the equal length of all the spokes represent justice; wisdom is the tire, the hub is thoughtfulness and the axle is the immovable truth.

With all this explanation about number 8, Bob’s comment of wanting to see the strange photos that I received from my oldest sister is comment 888, lucky you, here are the photos, very twisted indeed…just like number 8, auspicious 8 that is.




















  1. Hi Bob, I bet he would. 😉

    Hi Jenny, it’s called ‘Twisted Balloons Fashion’, as described by the site, the world of fashion has an unique way of amazing people with every chance it gets. Here is how using ordinary balloons you can create really great dresses and other fashion articles.

    dress done by:
    Asi cohen-Israel
    Katie Laibstain-USA
    August Coh-Slovenia
    Rie Hosokai-Japan
    Steven Jones-USA
    Debbie stevens-USA
    Shonna Flanigan-USA
    Mark Verge-Canada
    Ken Stilman-USA
    JoAnn Gray-USA
    Romana Kolenc-Slovenia
    Niko Fric-Slovenia
    Mark Byrne-USA

  2. They’re a great work of art. If they were filled with helium they’d be the lightest clothings in the world.

  3. K, must be a guy thing that wants to pop the balloons. 😉

    Sim, I’m not sure what they filled these with, if it’s helium or not. It’s ashamed that it’s not permanent because I think the designs on the dresses looked great.

  4. Hi Niko Fric, thanks for the visit, it’s such an honor to have you commenting on my post. I wasn’t sure at first of the location but suspected that it might be in China for Chinese New Year, and thanks for the link to your web page, such outstanding work of art, if you don’t mind I like to add you to my Blogroll.

  5. Hi Ginger,
    Congrats on your 888th comments!

    These balloon fashion are very creative. I can’t imagine how you would sit while wearing one of these dresses. 🙂

    Agian, thanks for sharing the pics with us.

  6. Thought you’d like to know who actually created these dresses with contact information.
    These are my friends who created the popular email balloon photo dresses in Japan.
    They were hired by Producer, Paul Belanger from Florida (and PA).
    Ken Stillman … CA …
    Shonna Flannigan … PA …
    Mark Byrne … FL …
    Katie Laibstain … VA …
    Asi cohen-Israel
    Rie Hosokai-Japan
    Steven Jones-USA
    Debbie stevens-USA
    Mark Verge-Canada
    JoAnn Gray-USA
    Romana Kolenc-Slovenia
    Niko Fric-Slovenia …
    August Coh-Slovenia
    You can do a search on and search Balloon Dress for more photos
    or go to 2009 will be held in Cerritos, CA
    PLEASE ALSO SEE the work of Marie Dadow who was not in China,
    but has beautiful balloon dresses.
    Enjoy the slide show.
    Carmen Tellez
    Balloon Artist – Face Painter

  7. Hi Carmen Tellez, thanks for the additional information, very interesting sites. I posted the you tube sideshow at the end of this post for those that are interested in watching.

  8. These are great dresses. Thanks for posting the pictures. I really love them. They give me great ideas.

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