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    The Magnificent Truck Art of Pakistan

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    Pakistani truck art is about cultural history and tradition, storytelling, passion, and sometimes playful one-upsmanship. As such, every little adornment on the trucks has a special significance. Its not about the competition, its all about the Pride. And its not about the outer appearances but also with-in the cabin you can see such beautiful carving and patterns that it bring colors to the life of the Drivers.

    In ancient times, when camels were used for the transportation, they were decorated with brilliant and contrasted colors. The history continues as the culture advances and so as the mode of transportation. Starting from the early 20th Centry competing transportation companies would hire craftsmen to adorn their buses in the hopes that these moving canvases would attract more passengers. While the art doesn’t serve the same purpose anymore, it is still as prevalent as ever and has become more intricate and developed a deeper cultural significance over time.

    In a country where the per capita income is barely $2,000, it is surprising to see truck owners spend thousand of dollars per truck for structural modifications that convert these gas-guzzling, smoke-spewing, road-dominating monstrosities into beautiful moving canvases covered in poetry, folk tales, and ‘religious, sentimental and emotional world-views of the individuals employed in the truck industry,’ making it one of the biggest forms of representational art in the country.
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    And here is a video on Pakistani Truck Art:

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    something from my end

    the Driver saab himself



    tribute to Gen Ayub

    image reads, "salam to Pak Army, & taray Jaanay kay baad thari yaad aai,

    meaningful translation being
    "we long for you now that you are not among us"

    now some funny poetry



    daikhnay may doli chulnay may goli



    something that is common on these trucks is

    on the driver side of the door is written "pilot gate"
    on the side where normally the toolbox is located externally has this written for the thieves "Chor day putter toolbox khai hay"
    son of a thief, tool box is empty


    and of course the buses are not behind



    this truck art passion is not confined to Pakistan only but Japan also shares it and names it Dekotroa
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    hahaha truck poetry is v v funny
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    The detail time and trouble in which these trucks are decorated are truly amazing. Shows our country has some amazing artists.
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    Real part of Pakistans heritage. Thanks for this thread as it reminds me so much of my nation!
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