Driving the main roads of Pakistan is always a pleasure, despite frequent traffic, crazy drivers, and long distances. Why is that?
The trucks! The trucks of Pakistan are incredibly bedazzled with all kinds of paintings, stickers, lights, and glittery whirly whatchamacallums.
We finally got to check out a truck art workshop with our host in Peshawar, and learned a thing or two about the truck art process.
The process begins when someone, either a driver or a transport company owner, approaches the truck art workshop about a new job.
The client can pick and choose certain styles from a little pictorial portfolio, and choose to have extra decorative bits and bobs added to the final product.
At this particular workshop, it's common for the client to pay for the truck as well as the art, and leave the purchasing of the truck to the workshop.
The artists find a truck, strip it down to its bare base, then put on a foundation layer of paint before going to town.
Back in the day painting was the more common method of pimping out a truck, but these days stickers are the preferred method. More weather proof, ya know.
Truck and art together goes for about 35 to 40 lakh rupees, or $40,000. Not bad considering you're getting the whole shebang.
Basic art alone costs around $5000, which is a lot in this part of the world. Especially for truck drivers.
After about one month, the client can drive their spiffy new Pakistani truck out of the yard and onto the road.
Pretty sweet, eh? And would you believe that this truck is relatively plain for Pakistani standards? 😯