But he sure does have bags under his eyes…

13 Feb

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 Responses to “But he sure does have bags under his eyes…”

  1. Isabelle February 13, 2007 at 8:21 am #

    Still lost … lol !Can’t wait for the suppli recipe !!!!!!!!

  2. sognatrice February 13, 2007 at 9:26 am #

    To me, Untho looks like he’s sleeping with one open…what does this say about his fellow Romani? 😉

  3. sognatrice February 13, 2007 at 9:31 am #

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

  4. Tracie B. February 13, 2007 at 10:41 am #

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

  5. Martin February 13, 2007 at 5:07 pm #

    I found a website about

  6. Kelli February 13, 2007 at 5:47 pm #

    He’s never tired because he’s too busy enjoying that wonderful Italian espresso? 🙂

  7. discoversoriano February 13, 2007 at 8:04 pm #


  8. Shelley - At Home in Rome February 14, 2007 at 11:04 am #

    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…

  9. Silvan March 12, 2007 at 9:41 pm #

    Untho is the logo of graphic designer and snowboarder/skateboarder Alessio Schavon;Read more here: Alessio’s Blog here:, go look up Good Times. The riding rocks.Silvan Elendal

  10. Shelley - At Home in Rome March 13, 2007 at 6:12 am #

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

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