He’s Crafty: Artistic Toyota Truck Celebrates Life Journey of Its Owner
San Diegan turns wrecked Toyota RV into a celebration of art and life.
Some Toyota pickup owners would love to own an RV version of their Tacoma or Tundra, with a few even considering such a thing as their permanent home, exploring America one small town or majestic landscape at a time. Very few would consider doing what Salvador Macias did with his Toyota Truck RV.
Two stories told two years apart by the San Diego Reader explore this wild, artistic customization performed by Macias, which he takes out to San Diego’s Shelter Island on the weekends, drawing everyone’s attention.
The mobile art house’s original life was as his neighbor’s daily driver. But then a Christmas tree planted in Macias’ yard fell on top of it in a winter storm.
‘My neighbor asked me if I could fix it, but it was too expensive… so I bought it, moved it to my place, fixed the damage, and made a new camper.’
“My neighbor asked me if I could fix it, but it was too expensive,” recalls Macias. “So, I ask him, how much do you want for it? He says $200, so I bought it, moved it to my place, fixed the damage, and made a new camper.”
The three-axle Toyota became the canvas for Macias to present his life journey to the world, starting with a few plastic stars from his old home. With a few trips to Goodwill, Salvation Army, and various other thrift stores, the former rancher crafted everything from his family tree to the decorative frames protecting images of stallions and relatives. Everything on his RV holds some meaning for Macias, each trophy, fish, and gun thoughtfully placed on the moving canvas.
Macias, we salute you for creating this madly artistic and life-giving RV. Our world is a little brighter with creations like this out in the open for all to see, and we hope your Toyota continues to bring smiles and awe wherever you go for as long as possible.
Photos: San Diego Reader
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