Gallery: motorbike ‘art’ in South East Asia
From time to time while travelling I find myself taking photos on a theme, even if I hadn’t intended to when I set out. In Cuenca and Tallinn it was doors; in New Mexico it was Harley Davidson motorbikes. And in Indochina it was not only the motorbikes but the bike helmets.
I first noticed them in Phnom Penh, in the streets around the Central Market. The designs on them seemed incongruously childlike: Disney-esque fairy tale characters, Hello Kitty, superheroes and cute animals. I started to look out for them in other places; Siem Reap was an especially fruitful hunting ground.
I was also diverted by the bikes themselves, with their designs usually similarly applied as decals. The Honda brand of ‘Scoopy’ was much in evidence. And in Luang Prabang I even found a dog dressed to match the owner’s bike! That bike was perhaps a bit ‘cooler’ than the others, with a colourful paint spray job.
I’m sharing these for the Photographing Public Art challenge, although whether these decorations should properly be called art is debatable!
I visited Cambodia and Laos in 2020
Yay love these!
Thanks Teresa – fun, aren’t they?!
Ok, so “Hello Kitty” must be a huge favourite then! It will be difficult to think of these bikers as rough and tough 😉.
Yes definitely – for the most part these are small bikes or scooters, designed for city streets, and many of the riders will be women as in the photo from Siem Reap of a girl in her helmet.
These look so fun! I’ve always wanted to add something ‘plane-like’ to my helmet, tank and front end of my motorcycle.
Thanks Rose – I reckon ‘plane-like’ sounds much more appropriate for a bike helmet than Hello Kitty 😆
Love the pandas and the red and black helmet design just to the left of them.
Thank you Janet – the pandas were my favourite along with the chimpanzee in sunglasses!
They are all very cute. Art? I’m not sure but if they give pleasure, and they do, when what’s in a word?
Exactly 🙂 I found them great fun to spot!
The dog is the highlight in this collection!!
You could well be right! His owner was very helpful in getting him to pose nicely for us after we asked if we could take photos 🙂
I definitely think they are art, Sarah. When you see them going down the street or parked on the street, they make a statement and look adorable. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Thank you Marsha, I’m pleased you’re happy to accept this for your public art collection 😆 😁
Your layout looks great too, Sarah! 🙂
Thanks! I use Modula Gallery plug-in for most of my galleries, rather than the default WP ones – it’s much more flexible and customisable 🙂
You can use that with WP.com?
I don’t know – I’m on .org 🙂 How do plug-ins generally work on .com? Can you get a wide selection?