“Rio Breaks tells the story of two best friends, Fabio and Naama, as they navigate their way between life in the slums and surfing on their favorite beach. Thirteen-year-old Fabio and twelve-year-old Naama live in a huge favela near Arpoador Beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. What will happen to these best friends? Will their friendship survive the pressures of life in the favela? Can surfing offer a way out and the possibility of a better life?
This is the story of Rio Breaks.”
Unfortunately, screening of Rio Breaks has been and gone (oops!), but I’m pretty desperate to see this so as soon as i hear any info, I’ll be sure to update!
Here is a video of Cuban-born illustrator, Tocayo and San Diego street artist, Exist 1981 collaborating on a project for a restaurant in Little Italy, SD. The clip is made up of 1020 photos which were put together by Exist 1981….enjoy x (Fe)
This the unique photography of Paco Peregrin. From Almeria (Spain) Peregrin now lives in Madrid where he has a diverse client list from the likes of Nike, Diesel, Adidas and Lee to Mazda, Toyota and Carlsberg. He is a recognised talent of Spanish photography with a major personality…his images have a very elegant and mysterious feel to them with exotic looking characters. Peregrin seems to have pulled of keeping his own style whilst still managing to get his work published with the mass-media. x (Fe)
Wherever I travel I always go on the search for good streetart, then spend the best part of my days staring in awe, taking photos and being inspired. When I visit my favourite spots I notice how often the artwork changes and wonder just how many artists have painted in that exact same spot over time. I absolutly love the Time Bomb concept and really do hope to see the project grow into something bigger. Time Bomb is a collaboration between digital artist Lukasz Karluk (Holler) and Sydney sculptor/painter Maddi Boyd (KissKiss). Described as: “Merging interactive programming and traditional wild-style graffiti painting (“bombing”), Time Bomb allows the audience to unlock the secret history behind a graffiti wall.”
Over four days nine urban artists contributed to the TimeBomb piece: DMOTE, Ben Frost, Kid Zoom, Numskull, Roach, Creon, John Doe, Bennett and KissKiss. Painting layers upon layers of different styles, their work was documented through time-lapse photography, creating an animated film of the whole process. Shots from the work are on Flickr.
In his documentary (which I posted earlier), journalist/photographer Joao Wainer posed the question - “How many artists do you know who risk their lives to make art?” And that very question seemed to reverberate around my head continuously until it finally struck me - pixacao (Pi-sha-sow - a unique form of tagging native to Brazil), might just be the street art form to end all forms of street art. I can’t deny the fact that most of my time here has been spent photgraphing the more asthetically pleasing street pieces and yet all the while, every time I put down the camera lense, my eyes have always been drawn skywards to the world of pixacao which seems to me to occupy such more mythical, elevated and altogether more notorious status. Well, I will wonder no more! From this day forth I do decree that I will endeavour to investigate pixacao and present it to the world, in my own vastly insignificant way! Why, Ive already discovered there are not one but two pixacao documentaries in the mix - one of which I’ve posted the trailer for - check out that soundddd! ‘Maaazing! So, seems my timing might be quite spot-on and I can’t wait to see where my investigations take me…
Oh, and just to translate; that crazy fruit at the end of the trailer is blaming pixadores and bandits for ruining peoples faith in religion… moral corruption… swine flu… losing his front door keys etc. Tosser.
“How many artists do you know who risk their lives to make art?”
It is perhaps the most agressive yet romantic form of art as protest, but the purveyors don’t consider themselves artists nor do they care for to be considered artists. Yet every time a pixadore (pi-sha-door) goes out to ‘write’ they will risk their lives for what they do, even though they don’t know why they do it.
Explains Joao Wainer,
“Ask a pixadore why he does that - he will not be able to explain [he'll say]; “I dont know why I’m doing [it] - I just know that I have to.”
If that’s not art, I don’t know what is.
In this documentary short by Cool Hunting and Brazilan journalist Joao Wainer, the presence of Pixacao (pronouced pi-sha-sow) - a type of tagging native and unique to Brazil - is explained and referenced from its advent in the early eighties via the lives of people who make it the most prolific feature of cities like Rio and in particular Sao Paulo. However, in a country which celebrates street art on a scale like no other, pixacao is derrided although to do so is a tragic indication of Brazil’s intolorance towards its underclass. As Joao says,
“Society hates pixadores (pixacoa writers) [...] People from the favelas? Nobody cares about them, nobody sees them; they are invisible. They do something like this [because] they want to say something; “I prefer you hate me than ignore me.”"
Thank you to coolhunting and Joao Wainer
So another day and another excuse for me to upload a load of my favourite Youtube videos about Brazilian graffiti!
This partcular clip is in 2 parts and is about the more diverse kind of artists growing here in Sao Paulo like Zezao and Orion. These guys really know how utilise that amazing Brazilian ethic of changing your reality by whichever means come to hand! I loooove that shit!
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