TNT Traysikel is a mobile public artwork that operates as cultural marker for the SOMA Pilipinas Cultural Heritage District in San Francisco. The aesthetic of the traysikel is adjacent to Filipino-customized transport Jeepneys left by Americans after WWII. TNT Traysikel is an immigrant metaphor with a deep colonial history. As a social sculpture, TNT Traysikel was used as an aesthetic object, a protest tool and symbol of solidarity with Black and Asian communities and a delivery vehicle during the Covid-19 pandemic. It will be the main site for collecting stories of Filipinx diaspora in a forthcoming documentary. This is a collaboration between Michael Arcega and Paolo Asuncion with help from our communities. Hand-Painted by Michelle "Meng" Nguyen.
TNT Traysikel was funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Commission with additional financial support from Awesome Foundation, San Francisco State University and Balay Kreative. Special Thanks to Cardo, Sena, Icon, Handsome Asians Motorcycle Club, All Things Meng, Jeff Larrimore, Mark Baugh-Sasaki, Brian "Milk Crate" Lester and our families for their generous contributions.