The media’s coverage of the World Cup has shed light on how Brazilians are currently feeling about the massive futbol event. A large chunk of this country’s population is displeased with FIFA, the sport’s global governing body, and their government, which spent billions of dollars on stadium infrastructure. This outrageous sum of money could have been allocated to the 35% of their population that lives on less than $2 a day. We all know that listening and watching major U.S. news outlets will not get us very far with understanding how the locals really feel about the World Cup. What’s a thought-provoking, creative, and vibrant way someone can present their feelings toward this event?
Street paintings, graffiti, city art, wall drawings–whatever you wish to call this form of urban artistic expression–is prevalent all over Brasil, and damn is it powerful. An amazing thing about street paintings is that they incorporate actual structures from the city, making them sort of alive. For instance, an elephant face (see below) may be painted on top of a sewer grate, so that the opening can be used to look like its mouth. Another inspiring aspect of graffiti art is the artists themselves: these crafty ninjas, most of them creating their masterpieces during the early hours of night, usually have no face or full name to show for their outstanding work.