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By Doug Gray, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Complimenting Rio’s natural beauty perfectly, even helping to blur the line between the sea and hillsides and the gray asphalt roads, Carioca graffiti is among the most prevalent, eye-popping and colorful to be found in any major city in the world.

Despite blowing up in New York in the mid-70s, the art form in Brazil is still a relatively new phenomenon, and its arrival in Rio at the end of the 1990s was sudden, stealth-like and unstoppable, with the artists often given a shrug of the shoulders . . .

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