What do you normally expect a truck in North America to look like? Mostly white with the name and logo of the company they are owned by. The most colorful truck I have seen in America so far is the Jewel Osco truck that has the pictures of the produce on it. In contrast to American trucks, trucks in Pakistan are extremely fancy, very well decorated and painted with all the colors you can imagine. Its not like all trucks in Pakistan are fancy only the trucks that are used to transport crops and farming products are like that. The owners of these trucks are usually poor. Their monthly income is approximately $200 with which they have to feed the family and pay their bills but still manage to decorate their trucks. The pictures above show the differences between the appearances of the trucks in America and Pakistan.
Truck Art can fall into many categories; Street Art, Moving Art and Jingle art. I love street art, it is usually very colorful, funny and has a message from the artist that depicts his/her beliefs. Trucks are the best way for poor people to share their ideas and beliefs in Pakistan. It is like a social networking site. They just don’t randomly paint or decorate their trucks. Their trucks show their personal, political and religious view. They paint poetry for their wife, mom or even for public in general. The poetry sometimes is very funny. I used to purposely drive slow just to read the poetry on the trucks, it is so entertaining. They also paint pictures of their children, political leaders or favorite actors or actresses, holy Kabah and holy mosque etc.
This is a line from a poem written on a truck: “Haaran ahista bajain kaum so rahi hai”
Translation: Don’t honk, the nation is sleeping.
The owner of this truck was probably tired of the political instability and the reaction of the people towards the unfair treatment by some unfair leaders. This was intended to sound funy but it has a serious message for the people in Pakistan, which is wake up and fight for your rights. Some people could also take it as revolutionizing.
I chose “Truck Art” for three main reasons. The most important one is, I never let go a chance to show how wonderful Pakistan is and how creative the people are. Second, one thing that I really appreciate about art is the way people can express their feelings, views, thoughts, and beliefs using their own unique way. Third, I love street art, I enjoy seeing all these colorful vehicles and reading funny and sometimes inspirational quotes on them.
- Should the drivers paint their trucks with such a low income? Would you consider it waste of money?
- What do you feel about sharing your personal views that openly?
- Do you think poetry on the Trucks or on street art in general could have revolutionizing affects on the population?