It's an old shirt, not a frickin' kefiyah
Natasha Vianna, who is Brazilian-American, says she was delighted to see a pair of Brazilian artists, Os Gemeos, come to Boston for a show at the ICA. She reports on meeting the two at a reception and feels compelled to address stupid people who think their mural on the Greenway is a terrorist plot to force Middle Eastern men on us or something:
Trying not to allow fumes from escaping my ears, I explained that this was inaccurate. Their characters usually have no race and like most art, it's up to you to see what you want to see. The skin of the characters are yellow because it is how they envision these characters in their dreams. Specifically in the Boston mural, the man's face is covered because it is a representation of how most street artists do their work, by covering their faces with an old shirt as to not inhale the fumes. ... In the '80s, the two identical brothers started as graffiti artists after embracing the New York culture of Hip Hop and street art. And without much money or the resources to even create street art, they used household and car paint for most of their creations.