Pichações: The Streets Against the World Cup

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As the World Cup in Brazil comes to an end without the predicted large-scale protests, there’s been a subtle but consistent message visible on the streets, as photo-journalist Gabriel Uchida has documented.

“Pichação” is the punk brother of graffiti. Pichadores don’t want to make art, they want to shock, to vandalize. It’s made to be ugly and agressive. In Brazil it was born in São Paulo and their main influence was the typography of punk rock and heavy metal band logos. Although it is illegal, it’s the most current cultural expression in the Brazilian streets. It’s possible to see “pichações” everywhere, even at the top of the highest buildings. As it’s made to protest, recently Brazilian “pichações” have found a new target: the World Cup.

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