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Matatu graffiti artists revamp cars for King Charles III's convoy [Photos]

Ahead of the much-anticipated royal visit of King Charles III and Queen Camilla to Kenya from October 31 to November 3, the UK High Commission in Kenya has taken a unique approach to transport logistics.

Matatu graffiti artists revamp cars for King Charles III's convoy. Photo credits: Matwana Matatu Culture

In a one-of-a-kind collaboration, the UK Commission has transformed its fleet of vans into rolling masterpieces, drawing inspiration from Nairobi's iconic matatus and partnering with legendary matatu graffiti artists.

Speaking to Denis Mwangi, Graff, the founder and creative director of Matwana Matatu Culture, said that he was honoured by the opportunity to collaborate with the UK High Commission for the King's visit.

He added that this move marks a departure from the traditional and formal image associated with diplomatic vehicles, showcasing a refreshing blend of cultural exchange and artistic expression.


Design includes Custom U.K. airbrush flags, digital print outs, vinyl decals and are adorned with symbolism on both Kenyan and British culture.

The project took approximately one week, but more cars are lined up for revamp.

The vans are expected to be part of the convoy used during the Royal Family’s historic visit to carry diplomatic staff and other individual involved in the official state tour.

The decision to incorporate the dynamic and colourful style of Nairobi matatus is embraced and celebrates the rich cultural tapestry of Kenya.


The collaboration with renowned matatu graffiti artists has brought an unexpected fusion of tradition and modernity, creating eye-catching designs that reflect the spirit of Kenyan urban art.

Matatu graffiti, long considered an underground art form, has found itself in the global spotlight.

The artists behind these vibrant creations, often unsung heroes in their communities, now find themselves at the centre of an international showcase.


For the matatu graffiti artists involved, this collaboration represents the opportunity of a lifetime.

Many of these artists have honed their craft on the streets of Nairobi, adorning matatus with intricate designs that are not only a visual feast but also a reflection of the city's energy and vitality.

The matatu graffiti culture, which has been a defining feature of Nairobi's urban landscape, is now taking a giant leap onto the international stage.


It is not just about art on wheels; it's about the convergence of tradition and contemporary expression, creating a visual language that transcends cultural boundaries.

This collaboration signifies a recognition of the matatu as a canvas for storytelling, a mobile art form that captures the essence of Kenyan identity.


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