Death, drugs, and theft litter the broken and straightened streets of the Brasilia ghetto of Ceilândia. These images and realities also reside within the mind, spirit, and art of Doug Firmino. The moments and friendships of Ceilândia forged both the artist and his art. Friendships that introduced bands like: Ramones, Black Sabbath, Motorhead, The Clash, Danzig, Misfits, Zumbis do Espaço, Garotos Podres... It did not take long for the punk ideas running inside those friends to manifest.
“When I talk about my drawings, I have to talk about (my friends) and the punk movement, just because I keep spitting my shit life on the paper.”
If Doug Firmino’s friends were the ink his family was the paper. His cousins forced him to watch horror movies and in time he became a big fan of the genre. Favorites like the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, “Evil Dead”, “Halloween”... became an addiction.
Today, it is woodcutting instructor and illustrator Eduardo Belga that has had the greatest influence. The two met while studying art at the University of Brazil where Doug Firmino’s grotesque life’s direction that is healing, pain, hate, and destruction grows with his mentor’s knowledge. “I have just to thank this man for everything... So, big history, about nothing. If you are tired, you can read just this last paragraph about myself. I am just a big lover of doing comics, this is what I have to do in this life… fuck everything.”
Female Desecration (Size_ W-12,5 cm X H-21cm) Pencil on Paper
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