The one without equal”, “I introduce myself like this” or “If her daughter suffers and cries, she is because of this kid lady.” What is porteño filleting and what are its features? 5 Alfredo Genovese is one of the best-known filleters today. The origins of filleting Fileteado, like tango, was born from a mixture of pretensions, mischief and necessity. Legend has it that two humble children of Italian origin who worked in a workshop were the first to dare to emulate the work that the French lyricists did in the stained glass windows, only they did it on a carriage, without having the slightest technique. And they did it without being asked. On a vehicle that they had to paint gray, they added gold and red firuletes (rollers and ornaments). The result not only did not bother its owner but he took it with sympathy and proudly displayed it around the city. Soon new orders arrived. Those 10- and 13-year-old boys became the first legendary filleteadors from Buenos Aires. Vicente Brunetti and Cecilio Pascarella started the tradition on carriages. And without realizing it, many other people imitated them. The key to the success of the filleters was speed: while the French took hours on details, the filleting was done in a few minutes.
Traditionally it was used to paint on horse carts, then it began to decorate trucks. Today, the most common thing is to see it in buses, as buses are called in Argentina. But filleting is much more than a way to draw letters and decorate transportation. If you ever visit the city, pay attention to the messages behind the style. Fileteado never comes alone: it is generally used to write witty phrases, poetic sayings or funny, emotional or philosophical aphorisms, expressed in lunfardo, the city's colloquial and tango language. What is porteño filleting and what are its features? 3 Dedication Raster to Vector Conversion on a bus in Buenos Aires. The ornate letters, usually Gothic or cursive that characterize it, are hand-drawn by artists who uphold tradition and are often proud of their European, especially Italian, origins. For this reason, form and message often go hand in hand. It is usual to read sentimental, dramatic dedications, where there is a filleting. It is not strange that on a Buenos Aires bus someone has taken the trouble to fillet a dedication such as "to my mother" or, a fragment of a tango, such as "the world was and will be crap", alluding to the famous song by Discépolo, Cambalache. The spirit of the city is also expressed in exaggerated nicknames that allude to the owners of the filleted vehicles.
At the end of the 19th century, long before anyone in Buenos Aires used the word lettering, immigrant artists experimented with long-haired brushes and texts in search of an identity for a city that was still very young. Between mischievous phrases, imitations and jokes, they finally found her. If tango is the music of Buenos Aires, filleting is its stroke, its handwritten lyrics , its signature. Twisted, ornate and dramatic, like the spirit of Buenos Aires, the fileteado and its messages are a wake-up call to those who inhabit the city, so that they do not forget their origins, their history, and even their philosophy of life. We tell you why UNESCO has declared it Intangible Heritage of Humanity. What is porteño filleting and what are its features? 1 Fileteado is the lettering style characteristic of Buenos Aires. Much more than strokes Porteño fileteado is a popular decorative style that was born in Buenos Aires at the end of the 19th century.