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Random Graffito of the Week

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By M@ Last edited 120 months ago
Random Graffito of the Week
brookeshieldsalphabet.jpg

And by 'random', this week we really do mean random. OK, so it's just a shitty bit of scawl on City Road, but is there anything more behind the message 'Brooke Shields Alphabet" that we're not getting? Is it some kind of advert for the V&A's surreal exhibition?

Your theories please.

UPDATE: All reported sightings are mapped here. Please add further examples to the comments and we'll map those too.

Last Updated 20 April 2007

evan

Theres one on No. 77 Shaftesbury Avenue as well. Sounds like a band name to me, or some other viral marketing :)

Natascha

And one on the westbound Central Line platform at Oxford Circus.

Simon C

Also one on Great Marlborough St, near the back of M&S...

Liz

And one on Arundel Street, WC2, on the way down to Temple tube. What's with this?

James

I saw one somewhere in Notting Hill earlier in the week...

mapsadaisical

One on Buckingham Palace Road diagonally opposite the coach station. Same handwriting. No idea what it means.

Mollusk

And one on Great Titchfield Street.

Dave Knapik

When I saw the one in Camden, I thought it was viral marketing for a band. Preferring, however, to think it's a mysterious clue for something wonderful, I ran to my nearest anagram solver at wordsmith.org.

Sadly, all I came up with was a warning about footwear that we thought was on better behaviour but may be secretly plotting to kick and smash your favourite garden ceramics:

A REHABBED SHOE KILLS POT

Beth

there is one on chancery lane on the Kings college building and on tower bridge as well.

Wolf Solent

I've started a flickr group if anyone's interested...

http://www.flickr.com/groups/brookeshieldsalphabet/

Meg

My workmate saw it somewhere around Holborn Circus too.

Metrocentric

Natwest Bank, Edgware Road. Gets around, this one.

p

and there's one on farringdon road, right around the corner from the tube station. I wondered about it yesterday -- glad its not just me.

brideofthebookgod

and there's one on Kingsway (Alexandra House)

tone

theres one on the top of st. stephens tower

mary

I've seen the one aroung holbern circus and one on hornsey road outside the Emeriates stadium! What is it all about?

Metrocentric

Plus Newman Street, at the Oxford Street end. I'll be gutted if this is just an advertising stunt.

grumblemouse

I've seen the one by Kings College and I saw another one on Ebury St SW1 today

M@

For anyone as nerdy as me, here's a map of all the sightings so far:

tinyurl.com/2advwk

Jansen mann

Wembley Park Tube Station last Monday

Ocir

Same appeared in Hamburg and (according to Google hits) in the Nederlands.

MrStopa

And to add to the mediocre places to see it, 'ALPHABET' has been scrawled on the support of a bridge over the M20, near Maidstone.

Toria

On the side of the Abbey bank, Gracechurch Street, near the Monument.

KRUNTZ

By the Tesco near City Thameslink station

Charlotte

I have seen two in under a week one on a crowd control barrier outside the emirates stadium and one outside boots on regents street. Whats that about??

Charlotte

I have seen two in under a week one on a crowd control barrier outside the emirates stadium and one outside boots on regents street. Whats that about??

SeanB

I saw it scrawled outside Lloyds of London this morning

Mike

Glad to see this page. I created a facebook group called "Alphabet of Brooke Shields" earlier to try to get more info...

There's also a complete "Alphabet of Brooke Shields" on City Road now.

I love the simplicity of it. I just hope it isn't publicity for some crappy band.

Roy

..and it has also shown up on some buildings and bridges over here, in the southeast of the Netherlands (city of Venlo to be more precise)...

Alix

Also one on Tower Bridge, near the Tower itself.

Conehead

Beat this.... Saw one on a bridge on the M20 between junction 4 and 5!!! Thats OUTSIDE london!!

seb

i think the guy in the netherlands did, mate

John

Its probably for a band, maybe copying The Stone Roses?

Katie

I saw one at Green Park Station, looks like the papers are picking up on it too - was in the Metro this morning

Jimmy

There is a person who wrote a post in here (thier name is Tone) "theres one on the top of st. stephens tower" - I dont think there is one on top of St Stephens Tower as it is definitely NOT open to the public, its the Tower the forms part of the House of Lords! are you telling porkies because you are part of this viral marketing bull****?

Oliver Schneider

This is clearly a call to arms for an anti-Semitic uprising. Brooke Shields is an anagram for BOILED KOSHERS. More coded clues will soon appear giving further instructions to the new dangerous faction.

Veda

this seems to have the sticky finger prints of Mind Candy all over it... Perplexcity finished, maybe it's that time of year again.

Helen

I'd love to know what it means - it has been puzzling me for weeks.

Btw, the one on the wall of the Regent Street Boots store has been scrubbed off this morning!

Matthew Webley

It's to do with the band the no sleep police.

Pardz

Have one sighting at Paddington station, on the circle line platfrom towards Kings Cross, next to the Coke vending machine.

m@

Cheers for all your comments.
When you spot one, be as precise on location as you can, as we're making a map of these

maps.google.com/maps/ms?q=&...

Paul Denchfield

This is all too bizarre - the words FROZEN INDIGO ANGEL have been appearing all over the place in a similar way. There's been a Londonist article linking that with BROOKE SHIELDS ALPHABET, which seemed like madness - maybe they were right after all!

For the latest on FIA, check out pauldenchfield.com.

Paul Denchfield

This is all too bizarre - the words FROZEN INDIGO ANGEL have been appearing all over the place in a similar way. There's been a Londonist article linking that with BROOKE SHIELDS ALPHABET, which seemed like madness - maybe they were right after all!

For the latest on FIA, check out pauldenchfield dot com.

The Moai

Also seen at Highbury & Islington tube. Not the bets bit of grafitti there though. That honour goes to 'Jon Bowen fists pigs.'

Peter Clements

There is (was?) one at Trafalgar Square, nearest the green lawn of the National Gallery. My friends and I even saw a man write the words and walk off. Not knowing what this conspiracy was back then, I'm sure we would have stopped him! Photo on my Facebook.

red pens

theres one on the wastbound cnetral line platform at oxford circus

Cartrain

Mabe its a retard with nothing better to do ?

.....

i saw one of these signs today at the side of a ATM cash machine at 122 Wembley drive Middlex HA9 and it looks exactly like the picture.

Chris Dansey

The one in Eltham on the A2 is in the Well Hall Road underpass.

Krista

Maybe I am over-analyzing but the handwriting does look similar to the My Space graffiti that was going around a few months ago...

victor

ive seen this scrawled on an underpass between the the border of france/germany and Lyons...peculiar! thats why i googled it in the 1st place...