Stenciled lettering is one of the speediest methods of turning a surface into a sign. Like many things designed with utility as the foremost consideration, it can have a peculiar beauty.

I noticed this impromptu sign underfoot. Sometimes when that happens it turns out to be an advertisement masquerading as street art. Here something different is going on.

Perhaps it’s a statement about living with HIV and the sensation of being labeled. Or is it an exhortation to be optimistic? Its teasing ambiguity is also its appeal.


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