Artist Pops the Question With Rooftop Graffiti
Who needs cliché romantic comedy-style marriage proposals when you have some aerosols and the city skyline for inspiration? Artist Jay Shells found some time between episodes of clowning the MTA with his “Subway Etiquette” posters, and embarrassing Fox News on air to propose to his girlfriend in an unorthodox way.
Because even artists need to settle down at some point, Shells knew he’d spray his heart out as soon as he could find a good location. Perched high up in the couple’s high rise apartment, Shells got the idea to paint the big question on the rooftops of the buildings situated below his, and then went to work, telling Animal:
“[I] found my way up onto the roof and used inverted ground marking spray paint, one word per roof. It took about 8 minutes to paint. I brought her out there the next morning and told her to look down on the sidewalk for something else I said I painted. She looked over the edge and noticed (not right away) the rooftops across the street. Then I dropped to one knee and did that part in the traditional way.”
In tears at the sight of the words “RACHEL, WILL YOU MARRY ME?” his fiancée accepted, noting “It was also the most super natural way I can think of him to propose . . . In his natural environment . . . Painting New York City.” No word on whether or not they’re registered at Pearl Paint, but we’ll keep you posted.
High res proposal pic here.