Art, design and rock ’n’ roll. It might sound as a cliché but this is the simplest, most honest and coherent way of try to explain this double illustrators that answers to the name “Bicicleta sem Freio” (Bicycle Without Brakes in English). Douglas and Renato met for the first time at the Visual Arts course from the Federal University of Goias (UFG).
Bicicleta Sem Freio ("Bicycle Without Brake”) is the internationally acclaimed Brazilian duo of illustrators and muralists, Douglas de Castro and Renato Perreira. They have accomplished in a couple of years what many hope to do in a life time. Founded in Brazil, in 2005 and mostly inspired by rock posters at the beginning, they became internationally famous for their hand-drawn illustrations and their large-scale public artworks around the world with the collective Justkids. Their work can be seen in major cities like London, Berlin, Hong Kong, Miami, Las Vegas, Montreal, Honolulu or Los Angeles (where they painted their largest building ever downtown). Their sophistication is revealed by the layers of ideas they depict and the myriad of references they suggest, showcasing an ironic pop iconography and an unexpected juxtaposition of tropical rock’n roll and provocative imagery. More than enough to keep your eyes wide open and plenty to mesmerize you without brake! In addition to their engaging illustrations and provocative murals, they have also collaborated with brands such as Nike, NBA, UFC, Converse, and Vans, as well as created gig posters for prestigious artists and bands like Beck, Kings of Leon, and Vampire Weekend.