Not too old for Graffiti!

Say no to age stereotypes

by Valentina Ieva
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In a time when street art’s social and artistic merits are becoming increasingly commoditized, LATA 65 eliminates the many cliches that come with street art by widening both its audience and participants.

Through introducing the art of graffiti to a different group of makers, the project hopes to create a solidarity between all groups involved while adding some colorful designs to the city along the way.

Lata65 is a community of older citizens of Lisbon with a relatively young form of art—graffiti (“lata” means “can” in Portuguese). Through workshops attendees learn the history of street art while making their own stencils and tags, ultimately incorporating their work in murals across the city.  

 

LATA 65 | workshop de arte urbana para idosos from WOOL on Vimeo

 

 

These bright colors go into run-down parts of the Lisbon, and each new artist is aided by the help of well-known street artists.

Often, the street art that feigns to tackle social issues reads more as stale attempts to cash in on notoriety by a horde of indistinguishable Banksy-clones. LATA 65 works to destroy age stereotypes and turn senior citizens into street artists by providing them with spray paint cans, masks and gloves and finding them free spots in the city to tag up and paint! 

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Cover image courtesy of thisiscolossal.com

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  • Kristy Jones

    I really enjoy every photos! Age doesn't matter when it comes to art..indeed! :)

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  • Valentina Ieva

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    Bari / Italy

    Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al cuore di natura elettrica’!)