Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pimp My Bus

From the moment I saw my first Linea 17 turquoise bus, on day one in Buenos Aires, I was hooked.

There are 144 different bus lines in BA all privately owned and operated.

An eye-feast of color and typography ...

But really nothing compared to the old days when buses were rolling works of genuine folk art. See pre-1970s buses covered with the scrolling flourishes of ‘fileteado’ here and here.

Interiors, too, are personalized-- there was at least one instance of fuzzy dice, and fancy cut glass mirrors are installed over many of the windshields.

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