Tuesday, February 13, 2007

But he sure does have bags under his eyes...

Sorry folks, I am just getting carried away in Roman random-ness. Hot on the tail of yesterday's weird sign, I bring you this poster that I've seen on a few buildings around my neighborhood for several months now:

I promise you that my neighborhood is not super-infested with both graffiti AND random posters. At least not any more so than any other Roman neighborhood. It's just that I tend to have an eye for these things, and I've noticed a phenomenon in many big cities that I can only refer to as something like "urban inside jokes," and Rome is certainly no exception. You'll find weird posters, stenciled-on symbols, pictures, and messages on random buildings, street corners, lamp posts, etc., and unless you're in on it, well, you're left to wonder. Maybe that's part of the thing--you're supposed to wonder, and then go discover what it all means for yourself. BOH.

So, here I'm wondering: Just WHO is Untho? And WHY is he never tired? What's his secret? I mean, he looks kind of grumpy if you ask me, maybe he does need a little sleep after all. Maybe he just needs to eat a good, old-fashioned Roman supplì. Hint, hint... have I got a post for you...

10 comments:

Isabelle said...

Still lost ... lol !
Can't wait for the suppli recipe !!!!!!!!

sognatrice said...

To me, Untho looks like he's sleeping with one open...what does this say about his fellow Romani? ;)

sognatrice said...

One *eye* open, that should be...sheesh...

Tracie B. said...

no he's not tired. just in need of a big bowl of bran.

Martin said...

I found a website about it.

Untho.net

Kelli said...

He's never tired because he's too busy enjoying that wonderful Italian espresso? :)

discoversoriano said...

"UNTHO KILLED KILROY"

Shelley - At Home in Rome said...

Thank you to all for your observations... Untho is a tough one to figure out, but...

Martin: Great detective work! We are now all in on the "joke." I feel so special... and we can all dress "Untho style" now...

Discover: Michael, do you think the Italian authorities will prosecute him for this? In any case, after the typical trial time (what, 8 years or so?) I'm sure Untho will be tired...

Silvan said...

Untho is the logo of graphic designer and snowboarder/skateboarder Alessio Schavon;

Read more here: http://www.alessioschiavon.com/

And Alessio's Blog here: http://www.alessioschiavon.blogspot.com/

Also, go look up Good Times. The riding rocks.

Silvan Elendal

Shelley - At Home in Rome said...

Silvan: You're awesome, thanks for solving the mystery behind the mystery!