Crew: VLOK & L163
City/Country: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When did you start writing? At the end of the 90’s.
What’s graffiti for you? An unless real game.
Influences? Crime, funk dance, hooligans, carnival, surf on the train, paintings for the world cup…
Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there? Life here is crazy, you have two options, go into the crime or work like a slave to feed your family… Everything is so much expensive here; public transport is a shit, corrupt politicians only interested in tourism and at the same time hospitals are crowded, bad payed teachers, a dangerous city but blessed with a good temperature and incredible natural beauty that humans didn’t destroyed yet. Here graffiti is strong in the tag scene (Pixação), cause sprays are very expensive and hard to steal in the market, we normally use latex to fill our pieces in the street.
What keeps you still writing? I love to see my pieces where i go…
What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track? I was born in a neighborhood where pixaçao was very strong, i remember meetings in a place near my house (the famous rock meeting) where writers meet other writers, took drugs, talk about actions, sell stolen spraycans and collect other writers tags. Then i start to skill my letters and when i start to learn i didn’t do anything else… Nowadays i know writers all over the world some that only do tags and others that do nice color pieces, some that only paint trains and others that like to climb buildings.
What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? There are a lot of people biting other writers.
How would you describe your style? Crazy style.
Can you remember the first piece you did? Of course, a wall next to the train line, my name with a ET at next.
Future plans? It’s a secret.
Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface? Always.
What do you do when you’re not painting? A lot of things.
What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city? I hope they mantain the work that is build from long time ago, create their own styles and respect the local culture. Don’t forget the history and don’t let that nobody do it. To create their own portfolio a lot of street artist paint over legendary tags and good pieces of writers that stay there for long time in the street, i hope they don’t continue crossing these places and try to conquere new ones.
What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti? Best thing is travelling for painting in different cities, worst is to be in jail.
Who do you paint for? For me and for those that like it.
Can you ever feel tired of graffiti? I try to do sport and to be ready always, one time i did a hard diet and lose 10 kg to do a rofftop with a fragil roof. If i could reach a old age sure i will be doing something into graffiti.
What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff? I’m not worried about what people think, but in some places i prefer to do some colored pieces if i know is going to keep long time and like more to the common people eyes…
Spray Paint: Any
City: Rio de Janeiro =]
Cap: Pocket Cap
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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.