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Enjoy the new thread, and enjoy the pictures courtesy of Umair Mohsin.

Please note these pictures and captions are owned and copyrighted by Umair Mohsin and are being used by permission from him.

Picture taken of a truck in B&W


Buses in Karachi are as decorated as their counterpart trucks. I think it's something to do with our 'Aashiq Mizaaj' (Transliterate: Romantic) temperament


This was a shot of a truck standing at an 'Adda' (Bus Stop)


Shot of a Truck, en route Baluchistan


Haider Ali, is Pakistan's finest Truck Artist. He's even had his work displayed at the Smithsonian Museum, USA under the Silkroad Folk Festival. He started his work when he was just 12, working alongside his father after school. 14 years laters, he's amongst those who're changing the face of this art. This picture was taken in 'Golimar', Karachi. Haider Ali's own workshop is in Garden East.
 

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In Pakistan, everything and I do mean everything on a truck has to be colored. This is one of the examples of how much color is splashed onto these vehicles


One of the motifs used in Truck Art


Another shot of a truck being painted


This is an apprentice whose learning to paint with the rich, vibrant colors of Truck Art. Here he's painting on the back of the truck


One of the many motifs that will be found on the doors of the trucks that run in our country
 

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You'll have to look carefully to see the pen marks on the back of this truck. Artist's like 'Haider Ali' do this freehand. It looks easy however even good artists have struggled to master this technique


A shot of the colors that will be used on this truck. Before painting a single drop, the entire truck is whitened and left to dry for 10-15 days. After that only do the artists start their work on it


Another shot of the colors used in Truck Art


Each process through which the truck passes requires an expert. This is one of the calligraphers who works only on trucks


No MTV show can ever come close to the wildness of the colors used in Pakistani truck art
 

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One of the apprentice of the famous truck artist 'Haider Ali' in Karachi. Boys like him are taught to paint on trucks from the age of 12 onwards and it takes 20 years to perfect this art. They usually start by coloring just one color onto the truck and as their skills grow they move on to bigger challenges


These are some of the paints used in 'Truck Art'. The shocking colors are sometimes manufactured exclusively for this purpose by local companies, such is its popularity


This is a pigeon. Promising peace, love, and happiness, such symbols depicts the driver's own personality as well


Another motif taken from our Truck art. However, this time it was painted onto a Trunk


Peacocks symbolize many things to the driver in Pakistan. They are an epitome of beauty (since the Mughal Queens used their feathers as accessories), they're also a hark back to the land from where the driver originated. They also symbolize the pride of the driver in his truck


This is one of the common motifs on trucks that a person can see in Karachi. The art itself is vibrant, flambuoyistic and representative of the people that inhabit this great land of Pakistan


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Thanks you Fahad & Umair for sharing these uniquely Pak Art pics!

Unfortunately these painted buses & trucks are fast disappearing from Pakistan's major metropolitan areas in the name of progress and must be preserved & patronized.

I'm curious about the origins of this art and how is it financed. Are there any organizations currently working to keep it alive or is just by the owners. I'll try to do some search on it and post my findings here.

Here is another old thread link relating to mostly new buses in Pakistan but some painted ones too.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=356818&highlight=bus
 

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I saw a Pak bus at the Smithsonian when I visited Washington a few years ago. If you have a folk art museum then you should definitely collect some of the best examples and preserve them for future in case they all get replaced by sterile modern counterparts. In BD trucks are kind of similar but don't have as much decoration.
 
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