Interview with the author Boleta
- Ttsss book seems to be divided in 2 different
sections: a first one with articles signed by different
authors, a selection of drawings and amazing photos
and a second section with 12 different alphabets in
the typical Brazilian pixos style. How did you work
on this project and how much time did you spend on it?
This book started when the Editora do Bispo saw my agenda.
I have had this agenda (and maintained it) for more
than ten years. Is where I collect the signatures of
various pixadores. The original idea was to make this
book solely about the agenda. But one thing leads to
another and the project has grown. Joao Wainer already
had photos from pixos through out the city and we got
together to take some pictures “ in action”.
Then the book became more interesting with the agenda
and the photos, and the alphabet was a consequence.
Nevertheless this alphabet is not definitive since every
day there is someone else doing pixo with new forms
- The study of letters is probably the main
focus of this book. In the graffiti world those letters
became pretty famous with the OsGemeos and soon several
people in the Europe, too, began to follow this style.
Could you give us a short history about that maybe explaining
the difference between graffiti stuff and street gang
Pixo is something you do very fast and the stile is
always vertical. On the other hand grafiti spreads out
the letters and drawings.
Pixo is hell and most people hate it and is considered
pure garbage to make some durtiness. But grafiti is
not considered that way because has colors and forms,
even though both being illegal.
- Ttsss, the name of the book, represents the
sound of the spray paint. But most of the pixos words
that I could see until today were done with latex paint.
Is there any evolution in the type of tools used for
It is not really an evolution. Spray is expensive and
latex you can find in the garbage.
- How much the city background (in this case
Sao Paulo) is important for the develop of a typical
style in lettering? And what about in lifestyle in general?
The city background is every thing. The letters are
vertical and full of edges by influence of the buildings
and the city skyline.
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If you want to go deeper into this writing phenomenon
check an article in Eye Magazine n°56 by Francois
Chastanet with a long essay and more than 15 photos,
illustrations and conferences links.