In 2013 the Porto government painted over any street art that had a political message.
The first, Hazul, tends towards organic shapes and esoteric designs wheat pasted all over the city. Pedro says that Hazul incorporates the Virgin Mary in almost all of his pieces.
Even in several images, obviously meant to be magic mushrooms, the Virgin Mary can be found. Unsure of the implications I ask Pedro an unrelated question: What subjects are taboo to joke about in Portugal?
“People don’t make fun of the church, maybe in their homes but not in public.”
The second artist, Costah, has a much more cartoonish style that plays not only with images but their locations.Crumbled building walls are painted to look like faces, missing bricks become missing teeth, and an abandoned building is given new life as cartoonish characters enter or exit the sealed doorways. Costah seems to call attention to a city full of neglected buildings by filling them with inhabitants of his own creation.