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  You've probably noticed I have a fondness for graffiti. On a walk one day, I noticed, and was a little baffled by someone's single word statement on a wall: Shoe. It wasn't political. It wasn't offensive. Or deeply meditated. Or was it? Was it a tag for a long-lost lover? A plea from a modern day Prince Charming? The only four letter word the artist could think of as the sounds of approaching sirens hastened his deed? My husband and I thought the whole thing was hysterical. We loved the idea of someone writing the word "shoe" with conviction. What could possibly compel a person to defy the law, sneak out in the dark with a can a spray paint, and boldy proclaim to all of Paris, "SHOE!" Imagine our delight when we proceeded to find no less than seven other occasions of the artist's work. It was everywhere, man. Shoe. Shoe. Shoe. It punctuated our walk like trail markers on trees, and we laughed harder upon each sighting. Regardless of the original intent, the artist caused us to squeal "shoe" several times a day for a week. I had forgotten about the images until last night, and I sifted through my photos to find them all. Convinced the graffiti had to be part of a larger work or at least a clever advertisement for something, I went a-googling. Here is what I found: Who the F*** is Shoe? The title took the words right out of my mouth. Disclaimer: I have no idea if this guy is the shoe guy, but it's promising. Anyone know?


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by 5th and state

well he is english, funny how we are certain it is a 'he'

but actually my nick name is mme. chausseur (shoe) the story is too long. hmmmm, maybe a long lost relation

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by James

HILARIOUS. And most of them are in different handwriting (paintwriting?), so maybe written by different peeps?

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by We Blog Artists

That's funny…
I like how he's written it…perhaps he's lost his SHOE!


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by gbf

love it! there is a graffiti artist in brisbane that quickly spray paints the silhouette of a women & gives her massive red lips…i have seen it several times now – shoe could be their surname or nickname?? dayle

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by adamindc

Not too unlike Basquiat's "SAMO" tag. Of course, that was meant to be more 'thinky', as he paired it with other text, where "SAMO" stood for "SAMe Old s**t." – e.g, "SAMO for the so-called avant garde"

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Briar Stanley {Sunday Collector}

It's been a while since I have visited your blog – your photos are just so outstanding!!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by sara

that's too funny that you saw so many of them!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by The Broad

Delightful! Thanks for 'shoe-ing' them to us!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Emilie

Really interesting!!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

Haha, now I'm SO intrigued who this person is!!!

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