Todd Antony Takes a Personal Look at ‘Dekotora’

Todd Antony Takes a Personal Look at ‘Dekotora’

For more than 40 years Japanese truck drivers have been piling on lights, patterned fabrics, and other over-the-top adornments to their work trucks, creating moving masterpieces covered in LEDs.

Todd Antony decided to take a trip to Japan to document this tradition of decorated trucks or “Dekotora” that originated from a 1970s Japanese movie series inspired by Smokey and the Bandit titled Torakku Yaro or “Truck Rascals.”

Drivers first began decorating their vehicles in the style of the comedy-action films in hopes of being cast in upcoming films. Eventually, the extravagant trucks became a way of life for many workers, with decoration costs to produce such elaborate vehicles sometimes running over $100,000.

Although the art form is now in decline after it reached its peak in the ’80s and ’90s, the Utamaro-Kai Association of Dekotora drivers has begun to help raise funds for various charity initiatives, including areas of the country that have been hit by the recent Tsunami.

Todd is represented by i2i Photo. Explore more of Todd’s work through his AtEdge portfolio and his website.

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