St. Louis Is Covered in Poop


  • photos courtesy of Andrew Patania
  • Keokuk Street poop signs

Something crappy is happening in St. Louis. Roll down any south-city street and you’re bound to come across one of these pieces of uncommissioned public art. Some cities get a Banksy; we get a dookie.

Make that multiple dookies. There’s one at the intersection of Keokuk Street & Iowa Avenue, and then another one just a block away. That’s right: there’s a number two. We’ve even been told of a recent third spotting of this caca a full three miles away at Devonshire Avenue & Wherry Avenue in the Southampton neighborhood.

What gives, St. Louis? We demand an artist statement from the creator of these high-concept designs. Why has he done this? But more importantly: How has this turdally awesome artist has gotten away with marking all of these signs without getting caught? Does he have a stool that he climbs up on to reach his hexagonal canvas? It is some kind of loaded statement? Or is a monkey tail sometimes just a monkey tail?

Maybe the artist was influenced by the other inspiring pieces in the area. Who could forget when Lemmy from Motörhead appeared as Jesus on a Southwest Avenue billboard? Or when the Walgreens on Kingshighway promised 2-for-1 butt fingerers? And we will certainly never forget the profundity of witnessing YOLO just outside our window. Namaste.

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