Tuk Tuks

Waiting

Waiting

Racing

Racing

Chilling

Chilling

No 4 wheelers

No 4 wheelers

Tuk Tuks are as ubiquitous in Sri Lanka as trams are in Melbourne. All colours of the rainbow these three wheel tin-pots are the transportation powerhouse of the country. They deliver the fish, drop the kids at school, sell the bread and carry the mail. There is nothing a Tuk Tuk can’t do and nowhere a Tuk Tuk can’t go.

Ready

Ready

Line

Line

Parked

Parked

The gauntlet

The gauntlet

Each Tuk Tuk is customised and personalised by its driver. Everything down to the choice of colour, stickers, flags, ornaments, mirrors and aerials, are a reflection of the man (and rarely woman) behind the wheel (or handle).

Snake

Snake

Indian

Indian

Fair Price

Fair Price

Bajaj

Bajaj

Bob

Bob

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Fast and Furious

Fast and Furious

If you were to create the average Tuk Tuk driver, one person who was based on all the combinations of customisations and behaviors of all Tuk Tuk drivers, he would look something like this:

A man. A religious man (multi-denominational). A lover of music, especially Bob Marley. A Socialist, Che Guevera is his political idol. A man of deep thought and wisdom. An optimist. A hopeless romantic.  Humble for the most, but confident in himself.  Peaceful, someone who can control his anger. A supporter of liberal cannabis laws. A man with a softer side, whose heart melts when he sees a baby, especially a Caucasian one. A man with a sense of humour. A practical man who knows the value of a mini spade and mini ladder. A lover of film, especially the Fast and the Furious franchise. Multi-lingual. A fan of flags and trinkets, with a passion for interior design. A car audio aficionado. A very poor speller.

Blue

Blue

Black

Black

Green

Green

Gold

Gold

Yellow

Yellow

Orange

Orange

Purple

Purple

Red

Red

White

White

Cream

Cream

Lime

Lime

Tuk Tuk man roams the streets hunting for fares like a lone wolf. When he’s not on the prowl he likes to live in a pack, congregating at street corners, or takeaway shops. He potentially has narcolepsy as he is constantly asleep no matter how uncomfortable the position he finds himself in. An over estimator of distance and time, he is a shrewd businessman who knows how to find a good deal. He knows the short cuts for a fixed price but often suffers memory loss with a meter fare. He is confident and chatty always interested in where his passengers come from.

Wave

Wave

Huh?

Huh?

Cool Hat

Cool Hat

Baby

Baby

His natural predator is Police man who tries to pick him off as he races by, charging him with all manner of unofficial fines. He is also wary of the larger transport species, Commuter bus man, with whom he is often in competition with for road space.

Yes

Yes

Chicken delivery

Chicken delivery

Trinkets

Trinkets

Tuk Tuk man rules the roads of Sri Lanka, always on call to get the job done (unless he is asleep, or it’s time to pick up the wife and kids). In the words of Tuk Tuk man himself “ I am not my best I am fringe my best”, I could not have said it better myself. Fringe on Tuk Tuk man…fringe on.

Smoke the Werb, Wont you to rebel

Werb?  Do I rebel or not, I’ll show you my protractor

A quitter never wins and a winner newer quinners

A quitter never wins and a winner newer quitters.

No pain

No pain

Fair enough

Your not ugly, I am just handsome….good call

Wipe those tears boys

Wipe those tears fellows

aaa

Creepy…stay out of my dreams

Ok!

Ok!

That's probably a good thing.

That’s probably a good thing.

Peace begins with a smile (in freaky friday fonts)

Peace begins with a smile (in freaky friday fonts)

Very wise, pink Tuk Tuk

Beware the fury of a patient man…very wise, pink Tuk Tuk

Mini Classic

Mini Classic

Liars!

Liars!

Life is not the dreams

Life is not the dreams

Black Belty balam balam

Black Belty balam balam

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Life is flower until mother lives…. Ok what ever you say.

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Yeah thats right, life is nice rainbow, street fighter american indian .

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I am not the best I am fringe my best… Yep you are fringe your best

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Crunk aint dead…. G UNIT, okaaaaaaaay

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This entry was published on June 10, 2014 at 1:11 pm. It’s filed under Photography, Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Tuk Tuks

  1. Reblogged this on ankie renique's blog and commented:
    Great blog on Tuk Tuks and their drivers.

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