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3 months in BRAZIL, and this is what happened (pt.1 photo thread)

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PART 1:

RIO DE JANEIRO....

 

After learning more and more about Brazil and how great it is, i decided to quit going out and spending money on stupid shit and saving my money to go to brazil for a summer. I busted my ass at work and pretty much cut out 98% of the people in my life to focus on this trip.

 

after a year of planning and networking with other artist and photographers, I quit my job and flew out.

 

being inspired by:

graffiti

chics

sonik 3000

os gemeos

and good food

favelas(slums)

3 MONTHS OF NOTHING BUT GRAFFITI, BEER, LOTS OF BEER, CHICS, THE BEACH AND GUNS AND MORE GRAFFITI

 

(my graff wont be shown here but a few of you will get a peek)

 

this is what happened..

 

open another tab for a soundtrack to this thread..

http://www.myspace.com/cidinhoedoca

 

click on the song " bonde da CDD"

 

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Within days of my arrival i find myself painting in the largest Favela(slum)"favela Rocinha" in South America. I had found these kids through a guided tour of the slum and they were down for me to paint. I was advised by the people from the tour that i would be going at my own risk and anything could happen in a section of Rio that was overrun by drug dealers and acts of violence.

 

After meeting up with these guys who couldnt speak a lick of english, it was strange.

I was kind of shook to go enter the slum(being a "GRINGO") It was fairly obvious that i didnt live there but i was with these guys and every drug dealer strapped with OZIs and 9mms knew my new friends and it wasnt a problem. they were actually hyped that a gringo was there to paint graffiti in there community.

 

this day we painted with some kid from norway.

 

LEDS starting to paint an octopus..

when i asked him why an octopus, he replied in Portuguese, "ive never seen one before"

 

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good times with beer and paint..

 

ROLER

 

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leds, aussie guy, 3 dudes from norway, roler, norway chic.

 

 

 

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cheap beer in the hood..

 

this beer was about 50 cents US

 

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this is when shit

started getting weird..

 

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I met a drug dealer in Rocinha who called himself GIGANTE. he was a member of the imfamous drug gang A.D.A. (amigos do amigos)--which translate to "friends of friends". ADA runs ALL of Rocinha and controls the population, the drug sales in the favela that holds 250,000 people.

 

GIGANTE was drinking a beer along with Roler and i when he proudly showed me his 9mm Strapped to his waist. He was excited that I was there painting in his favela. He offered me Marijauna and asked for a can of paint. I gave him a can of paint and this is what he wrote.

 

I quickly finished my beer because things started feeling weird. I knew it was time to say goodbye and head back to copacabana. Jeremy and I waited for a good five minutes for the right bus to pick us up and up walked a kid about 16 with a sawed off shotgun. The situation was totally relaxed and calm but my mind was racing and i was getting more impatient. I told jeremy we were getting on the next bus out of the favela. The next bus came and it took us to Leblon. what a day!

 

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studio/home of Leds and Roler..

 

chair made of 2 liter bottles and packing tape..

you get innovative when poor...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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damn looks like you had a blast, ive known some hot brazilian chicks...i want to make it down there one day...lets see some more

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life in the slums is NO JOKE..

 

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ROLER...

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LEDS

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FAVELA ROCINHA...

250,000 PEOPLE..

CRAMMED IN A SMALL SPACE..

INFECTED BY DRUGS, GUNS AND CHILDREN AND CHILDREN WITH GUNS..

 

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TO BE CONTINUED....

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nice pictures! i seen the ones you posted in the meals thread.

thanks for sharing! cool soundtrack too.

 

i think gigante was just trying to let you know what time it is.

but its good that you bounced. no bueno to get caught up in their mix.

 

speaking of getting inovative when youre poor..

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there's a similar situation in argentina. the slums are called villeras there though.

I remember being very, very shook in villa lugano, which has about 40, 000 people living in it. a quarter mil? shit must have been crazy.

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MORE PAINTING..

 

this wall was commissioned for acme and crew.

a major film production company wanted burners for scenes of a movie that was being filmed in the area..free montana, free dinner and free baile funk music that was blasting from one of the houses in the favela. Facing this wall is the Ipanema entrance to Favela Cantagalo. It was an interesting mix of people who were watching us paint this night. Thanks to BEAM for putting me on to this wall. Also thanks to ACME, OCRISPO, and MACHINTAL for the great experience. afterward we went bombing with the left over paint..

 

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ok...some chics...

 

 

 

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MERO , you would flip your lid son..

snoop dog video everyday..its like that..

 

"every 5 seconds you see the baddest bitch you have ever seen in your life"

 

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more chics to come...

 

to be continued...

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mannnnn

i need to save up too

 

trust me, its worth it..

 

just stick to the plan, no spending money on new clothes and nights out drinking with huge bar tabs it adds up...

 

it was worth it..

 

i stayed in a hostel for 3 weeks and then found free places to stay..

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