Monday, 5 December 2011

Sab's Top Ten Paris Sidewalk Slogans

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Sab's Top Ten  Paris Sidewalk Slogans
by Sab Will,  wannabe offbeat Paris street guru

In considering just how many 'Top 10s' I could drag out of the actual streets themselves, the more I thought about it, the more daunting a task it seemed.

In terms of what people are currently writing under our Parisian feet, there are artistic (and non-verbal) works, anarchic or political slogans, and more recently advertising from well-known high street brands. Not to mention lovelorn lads laying open their souls on the cold hard concrete; I'm thinking of the plethora of 'Alice je t'aime's which surround the Denfert Rochereau RER station, presumably on the daily route to work of Alice herself...

So, although I'm tempted to specialise my street top tens, I'm going to create one for all verbal expression for the time being and see how long it takes to reach double figures. Another shall be dedicated to less wordy expression. Eyes down: here we go!
Sab's Top Ten Paris Sidewalk Slogans

No.1) "Optical Illusions"

I've written more than once about the phenomenon of sidewalk advertising, and you can read the original words which went with this photo on the Paris & I iPhone blog if you wish. (I hope you wish.)

But for here I'm trying to keep it short and sweet, so I'll just present you with the picture and a few additional thoughts.

One thought is how funny it is that times have moved on, and advertisers have become so desperate to find...  Read more

No.2) "Flying Thieves"

I'm going to cheat, just a little, in terms of originality, because what follows was lifted verbatim from the Paris iPhone photography chronicles blog, Paris and I, which happens to be mine too, but I still don't like publishing the same thing more than once.

Anyway, you were presumably lured here on the promise of reading some words of mine, and some straight from the streets of Paris, which is practically the same thing, in fact, and I'd be the last to want to...  Read more


No.3) "Danger To The Right"

It's just possible I've said this before, but if so I'll say it again, but hopefully vaguely differently from last time, because I hate repeating myself. Seriously, I hate repeating myself:

"Paris speaks to me."

That was it. Paris speaks to me. I don't have much say in the matter. I wander around, I keep my eyelids more or less propped up, and... things happen, I guess...  Read more

No.4) "Jack Sparrow It"

Johnny Depp has a lot to answer for. Not that this sidewalk scrawl is particularly Parisian, apart from the fact that I photographed it in Paris, so therefore it is.

'Fuck everithing and become a pirate', exhorts the legend. And when you come to think of it, that's not such a bad idea. Look at the Somalians. Look at the web sites selling millions of copies of other people's creations. Look at Jack Sparrow, for freak's sake!

He's cool. He's so unbelievably cool it's not funny. We all want to be pirates really, I reckon. Even as I type I'm looking out of ...  Read more

No.5) ~ "République des B..."

Luckily, Paris has a long and incredibly rich history.

Unluckily, an awful lot of people died, horribly, in the process.

I don't know if it can be any other way. Looking around me would suggest not.

There are web sites out there claiming that there are more wars, or 'as-good-as' wars, going on right now than at any other...  Read more


No.6) ~ "Hold Your Head Up"

OK, I realise that this on on the right isn't actually on a sidewalk, but it is on sidewalks all over Paris at the moment and I only just thought it was worth including in my Top 10 Paris Sidewalk Slogans when I saw this one, which, as it happens, isn't.

The reason I initially didn't think it was worth including was because it was always the same and struck me as just another corny, groany wannabe utopian leitmotif more than 40 too late for the '68 student 'uprising' and their...  Read more


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* Sab Will runs Photo and Curios Tours in Paris, and also manages a variety of Paris and photography-themed sites and blogs. He writes an illustrated Paris Chronicle every day, runs a Meetup group for Paris lovers, interviews Paris personalities and reviews Paris books (on this blog), and even contributes to the city's street art (shh), so feel free to browse some of the links below and in the right-hand column to find out more about what he gets up to out there...

© 2011 Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Suggestions, questions, requests and offers always welcome!

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