Latin Phrases

Latin Phrases

Antique versions of modern-day graffiti collected throughout Rome and placed outside of a local church inspired the Spiritus Graffiti line. The Santa Maria in Trastevere church is said to be perhaps the oldest in Rome. According to local folklore, it was built after oil miraculously erupted from the site.

Cut to modern day and tourists flood the charming piazza that was once home to junkies and literary ex-pats.  When visitors enter the regal doors they may notice the obscure plaques of nonsensical Latin phrases of rebellion or advertisement that had been chiseled by perhaps toga-wearing precursors to modern-day graffiti artists. The ancient Romans lived in walled off homes with few entryways. The residents used to hire graffiti artists to paint sociological and political messages on these walls for passersby to read.

The Spiritus Graffiti incorporates the shape, lettering and spirit of these plaques into Jewelry. They are meant to remind the wearer that some ideas live long lives.