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Throughout Dr. Martens history our boots and shoes have been worn by an eclectic mix of people, who have fought for and celebrated their individuality. #WORNDIFFERENT NYC is a project bringing together NYC-based artists and makers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to celebrate self-expression with a clash of art and music.

Portugal-born, NYC-based graphic designer Braulio Amado sees the world in a vividly colorful and unique way. It’s easy to see in his work, and is one of the many reasons he is a part of our #WORNDIFFERENT NYC project. On a recent trip to The City we followed Braulio around his neighborhood while he sketched and ate doughnuts. Read on to see what happened.   

Braulio near SOHO in New York City wearing  8053 Crazy Horses.

What do you do? 

I’m a graphic designer and illustrator. I’m from Portugal and moved to NYC seven years ago. I currently live in the East Village. I grew up in the DIY punk scene in Portugal and started doing covers and posters for my friends’ bands while I was in high school. Fifteen years later, I’m still doing covers and posters, but now I get paid for it.

What brought you to NYC? 

Initially, I came here on a scholarship to do one semester of school. I ended up getting an internship. That internship turned into a real job. I fell in love with the city (and with a guy) and haven’t left since.

What’s your favorite thing about living in New York?

I come from a small country. In NYC, I’m exposed to a bunch of new things that I’d never witnessed before. That still happens today.

Where’s your favorite place to grab a slice of pizza?

Artichoke, but not for the artichoke slice — VODKA SLICE! My second favorite might be L&B Spumoni Gardens.

Tell us about a memorable New York moment that happened to you?

I can’t believe I paid $20 for a bagel once.



What inspires you?

I really like music and that ends up being the thing that inspires me most. I maybe go to the movies too much to.

If you could collaborate with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be?

I would love to design something for David Byrne; work on a magazine with Tibor Kalman; make a poster with Paula Scher; learn how to dance with Bob Fosse.

How would you describe your personal style?

Caffeine-fueled nonsense.

Braulio laces up his Vintage 1460s.

Tell us about your first pair of Docs.

I hate most shoes/boots, and to this day Dr. Martens are the only shoes I own. I’m a big fan of the 8053; I bought mine years ago and they look even better every day.

What do you want to be remembered for?

Braulio Amado had the loudest whistle ever –It’s true. Also did some cool art. Tried being a decent person.

Without giving too much away, what are you working on for Worn Different NYC?

It’s a poster. It has a boot in it, and it moves!

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