Jay Shells, a street artist who has endeared himself to many New Yorkers with his MTA-parodying “Subway Etiquette” posters, recently proposed to his dearest in the most logical manner for a street artist to do so: He popped the question by spray-painting it on the roofs of buildings across the street from his Upper East Side apartment.
The faintly visible pink spray paint words read: “Rachel, will you marry me?”
“I was definitely going to paint the proposal somehow, but wasn’t sure where,” Shells told Animal. “I recently moved in with her uptown in a very tall building and the idea hit me when I was looking down off the terrace. 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.”
Shells’ efforts weren’t in vain; his girlfriend said yes. “It was also the most super natural way I can think of him to propose,” she told Animal. “In his natural environment.”
— Benjamin Sutton
(Images courtesy the artist, via Animal.)