Batman Alley, São Paulo, where street art and graffiti are completely encouraged.
Walked through Batman Alley in Sao Paulo yesterday. Graffiti and street art are entirely legal and encouraged here. Up and down the walls, garages and back lots of buildings are thousands of different tags, murals and messages.
Every Wednesday there’s a rap battle that goes down and while I can’t speak Portugese and can’t rap, I kinda wanna see what that’s all about. This is just one of many pieces we saw, prolly gonna drop a few as we make our way through the city this week.
One thing you can’t overlook in Sao Paulo is the youth culture. There are tons of kids in the streets, not in a disenfranchised youth kind of way, but in a convivial way. They all hang out, much like the kids do in Manhattan. There is a massive skateboarding culture here and you can easily spot a group of kids going from hill to hill, mostly on longboards. It’s nice to see them all sort of rally around something as opposed to getting in each other’s face about it.