Os Gêmeos Mural

by Joseph Akbrud


As many of you are most likely well aware of, New York City has been one of the most vibrant and important epicenters of the graffiti and street art movements since the 1960’s.  Having lived in Brooklyn my entire life I've seen countless murals scattered throughout the borough.  While reading an excellent article on New York City street art in the New York Times it was brought to my attention that the Dreamland Artist Club 2005 commissioned Os Gêmeos to paint a 60-foot mural in Coney Island.  For the uninitiated, Os Gêmeos are graffiti artists (and twin brothers) from São Paulo. They began in 1987 and slowly became a main influence in the São Paulo street art scene, helping to define Brazil's own style. Their work often features yellow-skinned characters but is otherwise diverse and ranges from tags to complicated murals. Their style is influenced by traditional hip hop style and the Brazilian culture.  Below are a few photos that I took at the mural earlier.  All of the photos were shot using my Samsung Galaxy S4 and retouched in Lightroom.