The Bold Art of the European Tour Bus

Often looking like a mix between color field paintings and some pretty rad late 80s skater art, the sides of european tour busses are a vastly under-appreciated art form. Photographer Taylor Holland has been working to change that, capturing the rolling canvas’ during his Paris bicycle commute in ways that put the art clearly and boldly in our focus. His shots crop out the main mechanics of the busses, leaving little but colorful hubcaps and vents to clue us into the origin of the striking graphics. What is left are bright patterns worthy of far more than the passing glances that they get rolling the streets… and that was just his intention.

One question these pieces bring to mind: how much of the world are we missing simply by not looking close enough? They seem to say that if only we open our eyes and minds to being more observant we can witness far more art, design and beauty in our daily lives. It seems like a good daily practice, one that Holland is both participating in and helping others learn through his photographs.

Holland recently published a book including 58 of the digital photographs in the series he’s titled Eurobus. Printed through Matmos Press of Montréal, the classy book is dedicated “to the anonymous designers of European tour bus graphics, who have embraced an under appreciated art space and made it their own.” You can find more of his work, including some great shots of people sleeping in public, at


Benjamin Starr

Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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