Although tap-taps are privately owned, they are the public transportation of Haiti. The name tap-tap comes from the sound the passengers make when tapping on the metal to indicate that they want to get off. Tap-taps are elaborately decorated by their owner with bright colors and other artistic elements, which stands in contrast with some of the bleak city blocks in Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien. Christian phrases and secular slogans usually in French, although increasingly seen in Haitian Creole and English, are often imprinted.
Most tap-taps operate over fixed routes, departing only when full. One can usually ride a tap-tap for approximately five gourdes, but the charge will depend on the distance you ride or your overall destination for longer trips. As a tap-tap passes, simply shout 'alé' to join the ride, but when ready to get off, say 'mesi chofè' and pay as you leave.
Tap-taps are also notorious venues for local gossip and politically charged, but light-hearted kompa music. -from wikipedia
I'm so totally fascinated!
My daughter told me today she had her Art By Me stuff (her words). For those who aren't familiar with Art by Me, it's a school fundraiser where the kids submit a drawing — usually to a theme the art teacher determines — then they get magnets made for you and if you like it you can pay for it, or have any other item imprinted with the image at an outrageous cost (but I still get it!). I have collected tiles of the kids art work through the years. Anyway, K told me she hates what she did, then takes it out and shows me. I love it! What do you think? And it goes so well with this week's inspiration!!
|K's Art By Me Pattern|
Now for my sketches. In addition to the images Jess gave me, google d"tap tap Haiti" and went to view images, and got even more inspiration from there! This week I tried something different...I didn't use my eraser. It was challenging because I can be a perfectionist, but I managed just fine! (little pat on the back)
|Sketching on Monday|
|Sketching more on Monday|