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Travel Report – Sao Paulo, Brazil #2 [Graffiti]


I was never really in to graffiti. That is, I’ve been interested in what now is called street art since I can remember, and I always noticed graff, but I prefer tags and bombing to pieces. Then I came to Sao Paulo, and well, BOOM! This city is covered in all types of public space take over and graffiti is a huge part of it. SP is home to some really great writers, and in my opinion graff here is creative and evolving in a way I haven’t seen in other places. Maybe it’s just that my eyes where opened, maybe it’s that reality for writers here is different than in the northern parts of the world. Graff is somewhat accepted by people and society here, it’s part of the culture to paint houses in bright colors and police don’t really have time or care to stop you if you’re doing a piece in the middle of the day. Look like you’re supposed to be there and nobody will mind, not even if you’re doing a huge piece in the middle of a busy highway! If you have the opportunity to come here, do it! There’s really no place like it, the streets speak loud and the people here are among the friendliest I’ve encountered! Come here, paint, bomb, drink caipirinhas and experience the puls of a city that truly never rests!

Steph is a traveling urban photographer that’s documenting the worlds largest art collection, one street at the time. Check out allyouseeiscrimeinthecity.com for online travel guides and great photos and follow on Instagram for daily updates from her trips.

Travel Report – Sao Paulo, Brazil [Bombing]


After traveling around South America for 3 months, I finally reached Sao Paulo and I was instantly amazed. Not only is the city full of Pixaçao, street art, murals and graffiti, it’s also bombed with world class hands. I found tags by writers from all over the world and it was great to finally see all those “Paulista” hands I’ve been hearing so much about live. For me, tags are the most beautiful and interesting part of graffiti, so I was in heaven! I found some new favorites and I fell in love with the Sao Paulo bombed doors, so fucking stunning! This city is one that truly never sleeps, it’s cosmopolitan in a way that can only be compared to New York City and the people are one of the friendliest I’ve ever met.
There’s always something going on, graffiti events, art show openings or just the traditional Sunday painting walls the whole day and drinking beer thing. Sao Paulo is where you need to visit if you’re into any sort of public space take over, incredibly inspiring and hospitable. I can’t recommend you enough to travel here, you won’t regret it and you’ll never want to leave!

Steph is a traveling urban photographer that’s documenting the worlds largest art collection, one street at the time. Check out allyouseeiscrimeinthecity.com for online travel guides and great photos and follow on Instagram for daily updates from her trips.

TagsAndThrows – #Ilovebombing

TagsAndThrows Vol.001
While working on the book TagsAndThrows vol. 001 we decided to make a short documentary about Thomas Karl-Johan Gunnarsson aka OKOK, the man behind TagsAndThrows. We joined him for a walk around Stockholm and talked about bombing, Instagram, internet fame and navigating through cities with the help of vandalism.

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TagsAndThrows Vol.001

In this volume, the first-ever book by TagsAndThrows, we have collected a selection of personal photos by Thomas Karl-Johan Gunnarsson a.k.a. OKOK, the man behind TagsAndThrows. The best hand styles from New York, São Paulo, Stockholm and Copenhagen, documented in black and white, showing not only the styles, but also the atmosphere and street life of those cities. The book spans over 136 pages and features a lot of well-known signatures like False, Klops, Ja, Guns, Katsu, Pear, Tomcat, Easer, Os Gemeos, Sliks, Alone and many more.

About TagsAndThrows
It all started during a trip to New York a few years ago. In the beginning TagsAndThrows was just a an easy way to share nice photos of OKOKs pictures of tags for friends via Instagram, but after two years the feed has grown into a full concept with almost 83.000 followers on Instagram, 5 short documentaries on Youtube, fanzines and now a book. The concept is easy, like the art form itself – the most beautiful tags in the world, documented in the most beautiful way possible. The monochrome images captures the simplicity and rawness of street bombin and has become the trademark for TagsAndThrows.


Hello My Name Is: Skola [SFDS]


Name: Skola’s
Crew: Trouble in the Town (TT), SFDS
City / Country: Jundiaí / Brazil

When did you start writing? We started doing in graffiti 2009, but at first we did some pixação back in 2002 i think.

What’s graffiti for you? It’s our escape valve. For a moment we forget all the problems…. and we only paint.

Influences? Our influence are everything that we look/looked or lived in our life, our experiences…everything.

What keeps you still writing? The pleasure of seeing our name written on the walls.

How would you describe your style? Simple, direct. We love black/white or silver. Less is always more.

What do you do when you’re not painting? We like to draw, hang with our friends, family…

How would you describe the graffiti scene and the climate in your country/City? The word of graffiti is very unique in Brazil, it’s often seen as something cool, appreciable. Unlike other parts of the world. This may also happen in some underdeveloped countries. You can paint during the day, and maybe that’s the best thing to do. You often does something ugly, two colors, and people think it’s beautiful. There are many good writers here. Some writers that take risks and really love this transgressive and oppositional spirit. That is the essence of graffiti.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track? When we were children, we always watched the graffiti and pixação on the walls and we enjoyed it. “Hey! We wanna do this too…” I don’t know why, theres no explanation…We knew that someday we would do this, it was a matter of time.

What do you look for when going out painting? Improve my techniques and style. We always want more challenges. We never forget that go painting can be fun too.

Is it important that people see your stuff and you get recognition? The recognition come along with time and a lot of study, we don’t have the hurry or the need. It is a constant learning.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti? The best is the places and people you know, some experiences on the street are uniques. And the worst are the cops… some sleepless nights lol You can be really screwed if someone caught you. Another bad thing is the haters, selfish people, ego… People who think they are better than others because they write on walls… You often have to know who is who and know where you stand, measure your words.

Who do you paint for? First for us, we like to see our paintings and be satisfied with it. If other people like it is consequence.

What writers have inspired you? Our writer friends…always inspire and inspired us and other old school writers, much respect for the pioneers!

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world? We think that the real graffiti don’t have trends, it’s the act of put your name up and not being arrested while doing that.

Future plans? To step up on the game, evolution is everything… And also painting in new places.

Instagram: @_skola