A Tire Swing Story is a bite-sized "imagining" inspired by an object I discover while wandering. It could be a curbside trash gem or a message sprayed on a wall. A lost mitten, or an antique store find. Anything goes. I photograph the object and post them together, the story and its inspiration. There will be a new story every Monday and Wednesday. On Fridays, I'll discuss writing, life, love, and coffee. (In no particular order and maybe all at once.)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Casual Fridays: Say it or Spray it?

Hi guys, it's Britt.
A week ago, I was running an errand and passed a building with the words
"I love you," spray-painted on the side. 

I didn't think much of it, until a few minutes later, when I saw the same message on a different wall.

Then, a little further along, I saw another one. And another.

At first, I thought the love-graffiti was restricted to this one particular block. But yesterday, I was on the bus in a different neighbourhood, and I looked out the window and discovered the same words sprayed on the side of a building. 
I jumped off the bus, pulled my camera out of my bag, and snapped it. 

As I walked along taking pictures, I felt like I was inside some kind of story. I was a regular Hansel and Gretel, following the breadcrumbs. 

So of course, I'm very curious. Who wrote these messages? And who are they intended for? The general public, or one special person? Did these words of devotion sprayed all over town actually win someone's heart? What do you guys think? Let's hear your theories. 

Have a curious weekend, story-makers. See you back here on Monday. 


  1. I want to think that there is a young man out there that is so in love with a woman. But in a moment of error, he did something to hurt her. She has told him to give her space. So, he is now trying to woo her in the only way he knows how. Instead of wearing his "heart on his sleeve", he is spraying his love on these brick buildings, hoping that she will spot them as she passes on her way to work. Hoping that she will know they are from him.
    My only question is. Why does he "lovel" her?

  2. I think maybe someone just wants others, even strangers, to feel loved. It's nice to feel loved and I take this message to be for me. Thanks loving stranger.

  3. Maybe this can shed some light on it?


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