The colorful and extravagant graffitis, the loud music and disco lights make the “matatus” much more than a popular means of transport: are a visual spectacle on four wheels that transform the streets of Nairobi in an urban art museum.
The thousands of “matatus”, as it is known these buses and mini-buses that circulate on a daily basis by Kenya, are also a multi-million-dollar industry that generates many jobs, from drivers to artists and DJ. Everyone tries to create the most striking vehicle to attract the maximum number of customers.
Michael kinuthia, 36, is one of these artists, which has become one of the most prized graffiti artist in the Kenyan capital, where he wins up to 200,000 shillings (about 2,000 euros) for to inmortalize one of their designs in a “matatu”.
The creative process that hide their graffiti starts in the Buruburu marginal distrit on the outskirts of Nairobi, specifically in a precarious workshop where old buses are piled up waiting that Kinuthia and his team turn them into a claim.