Gringas - Bringing Mexican flavours to New Zealand

Sharing a passion for cooking (and eating!), Deena and Maggie decided to start up Gringas. Gringas is a Mexican-inspired food truck located in Mangawhai, Northland. They started with an idea, bought a food truck, spent months doing it up, planned a killer menu, and look at them now!  

Deena and Maggie approached me to work on their logo. What a dream they were - The brief was this: “We want a sugar skull, with flowers”.  It doesn’t get much better than that - Wide open to let my creativity flourish. My Mum is from Southern California and much of her style is influenced by Mexican decor and lifestyle so I knew immediately that I wanted Gringas to be bright and colourful. I was really excited to work on the logo so it came together quickly. I put together brand guidelines, signage for the truck, business cards, and a website. The truck was a fun canvas to work with. Credit to the team at Speedy Signs Whangarei  who did a fantastic job on the printing and application. 

Uploading images to the Gringas website caused me to salivate, a lot! So of course, Ikr (my partner) and I had to take a trip up for the Gringas opening day on July the 12th. Starting off with a Halo coffee (made by Deena) and beautiful blue skies, it was a great start to what was sure to be a good day! People started rolling in steadily from 11am and then within an hour, they were cranking! They were so busy I rolled up my sleeves and helped out for a couple of hours over the lunch rush! They weren't anticipating the numbers but they dealt with the hoards of taco-hungry punters well. 

I highly recommend a visit to the Gringas food truck. Follow them on Facebook and/or Instagram or visit their website www.gringas.co.nz for more information on their location and operating hours. 

Find more images of the design work I did for Gringas here - If you want to talk to me about working on the branding for your business, feel free to contact me. Pricing packages can be viewed here. It has been an absolute pleasure to work on the collateral for Deena and Maggie. Now I’ll let the visuals do the talking. Cheyney xx

 Gringas Food Truck 

Gringas Food Truck 

 I started with a coffee, of course.  Halo  coffee made by Deena and it was awesome! 

I started with a coffee, of course. Halo coffee made by Deena and it was awesome! 

 Ikr with his  Halo Coffee !

Ikr with his Halo Coffee!

 The back of the truck. Artwork by Design by Cheyney, printed by  Speedy Signs Whangarei .

The back of the truck. Artwork by Design by Cheyney, printed by Speedy Signs Whangarei.

 Gringas stickers - The kids loved these on opening day!

Gringas stickers - The kids loved these on opening day!

 The back door. Artwork by Design by Cheyney, printed by  Speedy Signs Whangarei .

The back door. Artwork by Design by Cheyney, printed by Speedy Signs Whangarei.

 Lunch rush - Before I jumped in to help...

Lunch rush - Before I jumped in to help...

 Just before the lunch-rush

Just before the lunch-rush

 Maggie & Deena busy in the truck serving up some delicious Mexican-inspired flavours

Maggie & Deena busy in the truck serving up some delicious Mexican-inspired flavours

 I jumped in to help - Ikr took this photo

I jumped in to help - Ikr took this photo

 Pork Carnitas (pulled pork tacos) - So yummy! COuldn't stop at 1

Pork Carnitas (pulled pork tacos) - So yummy! COuldn't stop at 1

 Maggie & Deena - Owners of Gringas!

Maggie & Deena - Owners of Gringas!

 Ikr eating his taco

Ikr eating his taco

 Hot sauce line-up

Hot sauce line-up

 Gringas uniform

Gringas uniform

 The last hour - Most of the ingredients gone & excited for day two tomorrow! 

The last hour - Most of the ingredients gone & excited for day two tomorrow! 

 Business cards designed and photographed by Design by Cheyney (front)

Business cards designed and photographed by Design by Cheyney (front)

 Business cards designed and photographed by Design by Cheyney (back)

Business cards designed and photographed by Design by Cheyney (back)

 Deena

Deena

 Couldn't resit a visit to Mangawhai Heads while we were up there. Doesn't get much better than this!

Couldn't resit a visit to Mangawhai Heads while we were up there. Doesn't get much better than this!