12ozProphet Photo of the Day: Finok
Our photo of the day is bought to you courtesy of Raphael Sagarra, better known as Finok from VLOK Crew. This photo captures Finok painting in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil alongside Stile. Known as the king of green, his work in immediately identifiable thanks to his steady pounding of the streets of São Paulo, and his folk-art styled characters depicted in various shades of his trademark green. Graffiti got its start in Brazil in the 1940s and 1950s as a form of political protest; bubbling over as a populous revolts against the increasingly large chasm in Brazil’s wealth distribution and political corruption. By the 1980s, Brazilian graffiti grew to dominate its cityscapes. In March of 2009, the government officially decriminalized street art with the passage of 706/07, a law that made street art & graff legal as long as you had the consent of building owners where you paint. Regardless, the city governments continued efforts to buff works, leading to another protest rallied under the cry of “Cidade Cinza” which translates as the “Grey City”. Street art in Brazil tends to fall into one of two categories: pichação, a distinct cryptic style of tagging native to Brazil, and contemporary street art. Both types have become extremely prolific throughout Brazil, from the favelas to the front gates of the upscale private neighborhoods. 12ozProphet’s roots in Brazil go back to 1998, when we published the first Os Gêmeos (Portuguese for “the Twins”) interview in 12oz issue #6, blowing the lid off the Brazilian graffiti scene to audiences outside of South America. For those of you with a keen eye, you might have caught that Finok is wearing an unreleased 12oz stacked logo tee. Now that we’re past relaunching the site, we’re shifting focus back towards dropping product, so stay tuned. If you ever want to see more of what the street art scene looks like in Brazil, be sure to checkout both Finok and VLOK’s blogs here on 12ozProphet, and if you have suggestions for who you’d like to see featured as the 12ozProphet Photos of the Day, drop a comment below.