Designer and illustrator Richard Vickers launches Goods Carrier, a new range of limited edition prints inspired by Indian truck art. Most people return from India inspired by the spirituality, landscape or food – but for London-based graphic designer/illustrator Richard Vickers it was the ornate decoration of Indian trucks which caught his attention. Driving across a country the size of India can be a lonely job, so drivers of Indian goods carriers understandably like to make their vehicles feel more homely. As you pass trucks adorned with fresh hanging flowers, psychedelic patterns and hand-painted gods, driving along an Indian highway can be more akin to visiting an art gallery. Vickers was inspired to create a range of colourful designs based on Indian truck art on his return to the UK. His first release in the Goods Carrier range is “Horn OK Please” – now available online at goodscarrier.co.uk as a limited-edition print.
In a land where using rear-view mirrors or even road lanes can be rare, the drivers of goods carriers send warning messages to other road users in the form of eye-catching painted signs on their trucks. “Horn OK Please was a message I saw a lot on the roads of India,” says Vickers. “It basically means – if you’re coming past, you’d better let me know!” Prints are available now at goodscarrier.co.uk