What is a tattoo? No, it isn’t about getting Ami James to draw a dragon on your back. Okay fine, that’s also correct, but this time I’m referring to something else.
In the armed forces, tattoo is what they call performances that include marching band, drills, drums.. you know.. those kind of stuffs. Nowadays tattoo events cover even wider scope, with many kinds of demos (firearms, helicopters, paragliding etc.) to show to the public.
In conjunction with the Royal Malaysian Police’s 204th anniversary, a tattoo event was held at Stadium Merdeka on the 29th and 30th April 2011. We went to watch it on Friday night. Invited Dyanna to tag along (as I was already hanging out with her that evening) but she didn’t want to go as she couldn’t bear missing American Idol.
When we entered the stadium, the marching band was already in position.
Many policemen around...
...and many publics too.
The minister officiated the event with a gunshot...
...which was followed by fireworks display.
First up was a demo by Unit Tindakan Khas on saving a hijacked plane.
The video quality is actually a lot better on my computer, but somehow after uploading it to Youtube it doesn’t appear as good. I doubt you can see the men in black coming down using ropes from the helicopter and the roof, or can you?
The marching band played in the dark to show off their LED lit uniforms.
They were accompanied by cultural performers who danced to their music.
Next was “Kawad Tanpa Perintah”, which I thought was really impressive. He said it could easily take 2 months of practice to perfect the drill.
They did many different formations, completely guideless, just based on timing and perhaps taking cues from the music.
Then the MC announced that the next act would be “Kawad Patung”.
Me: Kawad Patung tu apa?
Him: Clowns berkawad.
Me: *Confused* Haa? Clowns?
Him: Yeah.. clowns..
Me: *Skeptical* Eee.. ye ke?
Him: Ye laa.. tak caya u tengok nanti.
Tengok2 memang betul clowns keluar berkawad :-D
Obviously I had never seen such thing before!
Then it was the turn for Unit Berkuda to show off their skills. Too bad they kept the lights off. The audience couldn’t see the horses and the stunts clearly. Quite a waste considering that their performances were pretty impressive, especially the Roman riding, whereby the rider STOOD on two moving horses!
It would have been much better with the lights on, eh?
I noticed that the female riders tied red scarves around their hat. Wonder what was the significance?
Just as the crowd was enjoying the horse show, it started drizzling, so we decided to leave before the rain came pouring. Had to skip the paragliding show, but did saw them wandering in the skies just outside the stadium, waiting for their cue to go in. Perhaps there were still a few more shows in store as well, but the weather wasn’t permissible. Many audiences actually left early, not wanting to get soaked in case it rained.
Anyway, as a whole, it was a good event. Of course, there were rooms for improvement. Some parts could have been made shorter (the marching band’s performance was simply too long). Some music choices could have been better (perhaps songs that the public were more familiar with). Some spotlights could be helpful rather than solely relying on LED decorated outfits (the horses weren’t dressed in LED, how to see them?).
Having said that, I think it was not bad from the eyes of a first time tattoo audience like me. Yeah, not bad at all!