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“The best the old lady did, this kid she handles.”

Collectives, trucks, cars, facades, posters — among other things — were canvas of a typical porteña artistic technique: filleteado.


Collectives, trucks, cars, facades, posters — among other things — were canvas of a typical Buenos Aires artistic technique that today is Unesco's intangible cultural heritage:  filleteado .

Its origin — of course — is linked to Italian immigration. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, filleting appeared in the carriage factories, which began to be decorated with these beautiful firulets, whose historical origin is in Italian Renaissance art.

Filleting consisted of decorating the edges of cars and then trucks with issues related to the function of the vehicle. This timid beginning was followed by more protagonist designs, with portraits of Argentine popular characters — Gardel, Evita, Che, Maradona, among others — and phrases that replicate, once again, picardy so typically Creole.

 “ A force to work the fallen rises” 

 “Life, like dice, has the marked points” 

 “Life is like onion, you have to peel it crying” 

 “What milonga or what tangoWith this I win the handle” 

 “Where this thrush sings... calandrias queue” 

 “Happy Adam who didn't have a mother-in-law”” 

 If your daughter suffers and cries, it's for this kid, madam.” 

 “ Don't leave for tomorrow what you can drink today” 

 “If the job is health, let the sick work” 

 “If you want cold milk, I put the cow in the shade” 

 “There are loves that age, but they don't mature” 

 “Whoever lives fearful will never be free” 

 “If your star does not light, don't turn off mine” 

Publication Date: 19/04/2018

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