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Index – Culture – What is the shoe that Al-Azhar wrote a song about?

Index – Culture – What is the shoe that Al-Azhar wrote a song about?

And thanks to Azharia's new song, he also got to know… Cebu Expression, accustomed to walking the streets of Budapest with his eyes closed, may never have found it, or willy-nilly ignored the graffiti and graffiti that engulfs the capital.

Because if you walk around the city center even a little carefully, you will encounter CIPOE scribbles on almost every street. Once we have stored the distinct letters and expressions in our brains, we will never fail to notice the word, and our eyes will automatically fixate on it, no matter where we are, and no matter where the text is placed.

Not a shoe, not even a shoe

CIPOE is not a shoe, but it's not even a shoe, and according to urban legends, it should be pronounced cipoene, just as it's spelled. The character “Hungarian Banksy” is known only in graffiti circles, the public does not know much about the perpetrator of the crime (the artist?), but the little birds chirp that he is a young man in his thirties, a lone wolf, who blew it up alone, and not with group drawings of buildings.

In contrast, others say that Budapest has been a member of CIPOE for more than twenty years, so the scribble may be older than thirty years, but it is also possible that we are not talking about the same person over the years.

Sometimes he decorates monuments, ancient buildings and the walls of Budapest with massive, colorful, ornate graffiti – he paints his colorful, dazzling works at high altitudes, for sure.

  • Looks good even from afar,
  • be difficult to clean,
  • Show your skills and technique.
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The CIPOEs visible at ground level are fairly plain, gray or black organs, although with graffiti at an accessible height, they are usually found in more dangerous places, for example next to train tracks. The term CIPOE often goes hand in hand with another word, FACE.

Where did the idea come from?

We can only guess why Al-Azhar gave the song this name. In the song, the performer talks about fear, even the images in the video have this feeling, and a graffiti artist can definitely feel the same way, he is never 100 percent safe, and he can be afraid of falling.

The most plausible explanation is the intertwining of urban subculture, music and street art. In this case, it is obviously useful to choose a brand that is widely known to people. There is also the possibility that Al-Azhar is using the term as a euphemism for itself – its name is widespread, at least in the country, and has become an indelible phenomenon in the local culture.

(Cover image: Zsófi Szollár / Index)