In exchange for painting the motorbikes, I was provided home-cooked meals and endless chai while I worked. I felt honored to be included in another fraternal order, sharing meals and stories.
Blue Hathi, oil enamel on bike, Jaipur, India, 2005
Following my visit to Indonesia in fall 2004, I traveled to northern India in December/January 2004/05. The main purpose of this visit was to meet up with my friend Sarita and attend her cousin Vishal's wedding and attend a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat. However, I also was interested in initiating a project in India to paint rickshaws or auto-rickshaws similar to my project painting becaks in Indonesia.
The opportunity presented itself in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Sarita and I befriended an auto-rickshaw driver named Mohamed, who then introduced us to his friends at a textile shop. However, rather than tricycles, I ended up painting two-wheelers -- at Mughal India Carpets & Textiles. In exchange for painting their motorbikes, I was provided home-cooked meals and endless chai while I worked. Again, I felt honored to be included in another fraternal order, sharing meals and stories.