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Socrate Sartre Sinatra and Exciting News

Posted on Jul 17, 2009 | 10 comments

This stencil with the phrase “To Do Is To Be/To Be Is To Do/Do Be Do Be Do” made me smile a few days ago while walking in the historic center. I found it on via Antonio Canova, right by the Accademia dei Belli Arti. As usual, a woman and her young son were walking by….the child saw the stencil and commented on it and she just ignored him and dragged him away. Why do we stop taking the time to LOOK when we grow up?

I have some really exciting news to share with you guys that I’ve been keeping secret for a few months. Budget Travel, which is run by Newsweek, asked me to do some photography for their website and it’s finally up! It’s an extremely exciting moment for me and I was so happy that they liked one of my favorite topics to shoot “Street Art and Street Performers” read my Q&A with them about Rome street art and then watch the slideshow. You won’t see the photos anywhere else, but you might see some familiar characters from the blog! If you like the Q&A, please take the time to leave a comment so maybe they’ll ask me back again! 😉


  1. this made me smile too-great shot

  2. Great photo, as usual!

    I love the quote. What fun to see that.


  3. Well, Jessica, this is incredible good!

  4. I love this shot, both the stencil, the colours and the textures on the wall. Maybe one day there will be a 'stencil tour' in Rome. What do the city authorities think of the stencils, do they see them as graffiti?

  5. 1. Yes, why do we stop looking when we grow up? I try to look and share my children's interests!
    2. Congrats on the Budget Travel gig!
    3. Nice new profile photo…you look so young! Younger than in the previous photo! 🙂

  6. everytime I come by this blog I get incredible pangs to go back!

  7. Hi Jessica,
    Just finished your Budget Travel pictures and Q&A. And enjoyed them a lot. Great job!
    I try to remember to check out my igoogle page most days and go first to your blog. It helps keep me near my favorite city.

  8. I Love this texture and this shot!

  9. Hi DMae and Nonna – Glad you shared my liking of the stencil!

    U.C. – Thanks very much!

    John – Yes, maybe a street art tour someday. I know they do them in London. It would be ever changing but I would be cool. Probably the artists themselves are better to ask about the authorities, but as far as I can see it's fairly tolerated. Obviously most things are put up at night so there's less chance of getting caught, but generally I think it's confined to a few areas and sometimes places even commission pieces.

    Saretta – 1. That's great, I think parents should always encourage their children's curiosity. And they might just learning something themselves! 2. Thank you very much, I'm very excited that it's out now so I can share it with you guys. 3. Haha, for some reason as I get older people are saying I look younger! It used to be the reverse when I was a teen. (Not a bad problem to have though)

    The Shape – Glad the blog brings you back to home and hey, maybe you'll return someday!

    Joan – Glad you liked the Q&A and photos! And I'm also very flattered that I'm the first stop on your blog reading. Hope to see you here again someday.

    Marcelo – Grazie mille! I really liked the textures as well.

  10. Congrats! I'm heading over right now to read/see the Q&A.

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