I cannot speak for the rest of the team, but normally when I set out to make something, I have an overall concept in mind, even an image of what the end product will look like. In this case, we had a “mutant vehicle” as the end goal with no overall design concept. We did have some ideas about the vehicle’s requirements:
- Hold 10 – 12 people including the driver
- Be compelling at day and night
- Have a nice 12v car audio sound system (not a PA)
So, this has been a backwards process for me. Initially we thought it would be a moving platform for art. We could perhaps build a something that rotates to build a zoetrope or disco mirror tube on (and maybe one day, we’ll do that).
Over time we’ve been looking and researching. We ran across Dekatora, the amazing Japanese truck culture that has a lot of chrome, lights, murals, and stylish interiors. Then a few of us also expressed an affinity for the art nouveau and art deco movements and saw that as a potential style influence. The more we thought on this, something began to emerge.
We’re from Texas. Texas is known for steers. So let’s build an art deco bull with an homage to Dekatora…
And DECOTORO was conceived.
Now to get to the specifics of making this thing look like a bull. And a logo so we can start producing cool swag.