Pixo or pixo-reto (straight pixo) is the result of doing "pixação", a kind of graffiti/tag original from Sao Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil, that exists since the early 80's. The theory is that this style of calligraphy is rooted on the heavy metal band logotypes spray painted on the walls at the time. On the other hand, there's the aesthetic connection with the Californian Chicano gang style of letters from the 70's. Anyway, pixo has a very peculiar style and it's an illegal form of expression, made mostly by people from the marginalized areas that got nothing to loose and very little to expect. Their main goal is the "ibope". To achieve the pixo's "ibope", one must have their name written everywhere, in the higher and most difficult public spaces, it's the same as "getting up" which is found to be the wild style graffiti writer's equivalent. When they're successful, it hurts a society that sees it as a dirty thing, nonsense angry and crime. Very few people see it as a creative outlet, as a calligraphic expression coming, in general, from youngsters who got no study or familiarity with graphic design. Since the 80's pixação has taken a major space on many Brazilian cityscapes, especially in Sao Paulo. Now, it's a worldwide known style and many Brazilian artists with roots on urban subcultures we love. Pixo, a documentary about São Paulo's pixação, directed by João Wainer with art direction from the artist Alexandre Orion. It's very ironic, and even funny, that one of the most hated expressions in Brazil now is in the same place of contemporary artists, as Beatriz Milhazes, the most valuable Brazilian contemporary artist alive, and who once did the center walls. The video is in Portuguese with French subtitles, but there are a lot of impressive scenes, including the attack of Belas Artes School, that makes the viewing worth even for only-English speakers. I can't wait to see the whole movie!