Story Publication logo March 12, 2015

Truck Art in Pakistan


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Ten years of the US-led war in Afghanistan has drastically transformed Pakistan’s trucking industry...


Amid the trash-filled streets, bleak concrete-block storefronts, and grimy open-air workshops, Pakistan's decorated trucks stand out in their colorful and vibrantly ornate aesthetics. A typical truck might be festooned with dozens of stamped metal plates, lavishly painted panels detailing birds, saints, and landscapes, a high wooden prow of carved wood, and a long skirt of hundreds of chains with bells on their ends, which give the vehicles their common English moniker, "jingle trucks."


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