Thursday, April 10, 2014

Filetaedo Frenzy!

Filetaedo is the art of the streets of Buenos Aires. Filetaedo was born in the early 20th century in the spirit of rebellion from city regulations stating all delivery carts must be painted gray. It was later applied to buses and trucks. The aesthetic soon spilled onto signage, packaging and storefronts. It has been called Buenos Aires' original street art. 

In 1975, the dictatorship introduced new laws banning filetaedo from vehicles. The filetaedors were put out of business due to economic instability, but the art form is now making a resurgence. 

Filetes are characterized by the the bold color schemes, floral motifs, swirling lines, obsessive use of symmetry and typography rooted in blackletter. In addition to traditional filetaedor, it is entering into the realms of graffiti and body art. 

Other modern examples:

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