It's hard to imagine why any taxi driver would want to trick out their cab with this paisley pattern on the ceiling. Was this Bangkok cabbie a hippie back in the 60's with long hair, bell bottom pants, and love beads who liked to groove to The Grateful Dead? And if so, is this a way for him to relive his youth? Or does he simply have questionable taste when it comes to customizing cars?
I just returned from India where I took several different forms of transportation to get around, including trains, buses, rickshaws, and taxis. In some ways, the cabs there are similar to Thai taxis as many of them are decorated with religious iconography. One iconic figure that appeared in several of the cabs was Hanuman, the monkey god from the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. The drivers must be able to relate well to him considering that Hanuman often faces difficulties, but always finds innovative ways to fly away from bad situations.
After a cool winter season here in Thailand, things are starting to heat up. If you need to cool off, make like this Bangkok cabbie and bring along a cooler filled with an icy beverage as big as your body, wrap a cold wet towel around your neck, and blast the air-con on high.
According to the Pantone Institute, the organization that forecasts global color trends and advises companies on color in brand identity and product development, the Color of the Year 2018 is ultra violet. On Pantone's website they explain how ultra violet relates to ideas of "originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future" and they mention how this color has long symbolized mystery and mysticism. I doubt that the driver of this taxi was considering any of this when he customized the interior of his cab with ultra violet vinyl seats, but I can tell you that this color definitely creates a distinct mood in the taxi.