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“Subway Etiquette” = The ultimate passive-aggressive note-leaver

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If Jay Shells were your roommate, he’d be leaving post-it notes everywhere, beginning with a whiny “hey man,” ending with a stupid little smily-face, and filled throughout with passive-agressive rage.

Unfortunately, Jay Shells is not your roommate. He’s the guy leaving obnoxious public decency posters on the New York subway as part of his “Subway Etiquette” series.

I found this video on the usually excellent Wooster Collective, an NYC group blog that is “dedicated to showcasing and celebrating ephemeral art placed on streets in cities around the world.”

Shell’s posters, however, are more in the vein of public-decency propaganda than anti-establishment art — the kind of thing you expect to see on a wall in China or some other communist state. I’m surprised any self-respecting graffiti artist/wall-painter/artist in general would think it’s cool to tell anyone else how to behave.

Chinese spitting.

Top: "Please do not spit." Bottom: "Spitting is unhealthy and uncivilized."

And, for the record, I think people behaving badly is about half the fun of a subway ride.

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2 Responses to ““Subway Etiquette” = The ultimate passive-aggressive note-leaver”

  1. avatar Matt M. says:

    Hells yeah. I’d put better stickum on those mofos to make sure no jackasses stole em, but if you want to just stick them up there with a little fairy touch, go right ahead. I’ll steal your poster and put it on the bus. You want to see some real nasty bros, go ride the bus!

  2. avatar Kevin Morris says:

    “If someone takes it. Awesome. I would take it.”

    This guy loves his own shit. Which is clearly why he started this project to begin with.

    Also, seriously, public buses aren’t that bad, but Greyhound is a madhouse on wheels.