ImagePakistan is a country known for its home-grown art, culture and heritage. Just like the signboards paintings and calligraphy on walls of legendry sites, there is another native form of art known around the globe but performed in Pakistan is truck art. Eye popping landscapes, colorful floral patterns, beads, portraits of national heroes, famous actresses of Pakistan and India, poetic and calligraphic poetry and religious verses are painted on transport trucks, which take goods from city to city mostly or used as public transport. These highly adorned vehicles are moving art miracles and known for their beauty around the world. Truck art is considered rightly as a part of Pakistani transport custom and expression of traditional culture of Pakistan. But now it’s not just the part of our transport region also getting in to the different Varity of home accessories and gift items.

The combinination of local materials and local workmanship to promote a modern international standard. It has been a source of pleasure and inspiration for them to be a part of this journey which has brought them to our current modest position in the industry.

The surprising tradition of truck art started in the midst of 1920s and has its roots in the days of British Raj when craftsmen used to make glorious horse carriages. The Kohistan Bus Company asked Ustad Elahi Buksh, who was an unusual craftsman in 1920s, to paint and decorate the buses of its company for grabbing the passenger’s attention. Elahi Baksh hired artists from Chiniot (town of Punjab), who had already worked during Mughal Empire on great temples and palaces of that time. ImageThe trucks and buses at those times were painted and decorated with paint, metal, woodwork and tinsel which were later embellished with lightening system for luminosity at night. When the artists initially started it, they had not the slight idea that it would be transformed into the greatest representational form of art in the country and all over the world.

Truck art carries social impact

Decorating vehicles is a cultural practice for drivers in Pakistan, whether it’s a bus, water tanker or rickshaw. It not only is significant for drivers but also influences others


This implies that such art has a social impact on people and they do it to convey a message. This impact might elevate awareness among people — especially the illiterate — about significant issues in a simple manner. Many people hope there might even be awards for truck art some day.  

Each city has a signature style

The art of decorating trucks gained popularity during the Afghanistan War when trucks were used to propagate messages.

The truck bodies are immaculately decorated by the street artists who can be found at truck stands in Badami Bagh Lahore, Sariab Road Quetta, Hawkes Bay/Mauripur Road Karachi and Pir Wadhai Rawalpindi.

Artists paint the entire truck in vibrantly coloured patterns. The artwork can even tell you where the truck is coming from. “Every city’s artists have their own signature way. Trucks decorated in Quetta and Peshawar get lots of wood trim whereas those in Rawalpindi get lots of plastic decoration,” said Munawar, a truck painter in Badami Bagh. “Karachi set standards in using reflective tapes known as “chamak patty” in local lingo.
I bias on this local jingle art which is not just spreading counrtywide but also accross the boarders and beyond.
some major designers taking this art seriously and trending it as a new line fashion..
the main stream example is of Gulabo and khaddi ..
music cinematic video of young pakis 4payee..took it as their inspiration…

one can never just get enought of this art.. 😉 


One thought on “TRUCK ART

  1. Pakistan is a home ground of heritage and rich culture but sadly due to the lac of advertising and perception Pakistan loosing its identity throughout the world. Despite of all we have extremely vibrant and talented people among us who are neither educated nor trained and they showing their talent through commercial vehicles.. what we need is to portray their talent and work… and I must say that you are working for such noble cause. Do share your article in social media.


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