12 Must-See Jim Joe Instagrams

By - Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Ah, Jim Joe, one of the most confusing graffiti artists in New York City. Jim Joe, originally from Montreal, has been seen around the streets of New York City since 2010. He has developed an intense following, but why? Could be because of the high-profile commissions he’s completed for Kanye West, and more recently, Drake, but he’s maintained a steadily increasing following for 5 years. Why are we so interested in Jim Joe?

Drake’s newest album, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, featured the artwork of the elusive Jim Joe. The chicken-scratch style handwriting is a far cry from the usual and expected graffiti style that New York City typically sees, though somehow, it cannot be dismissed as “unartistic.” The slanted, thin-lettered style is reminiscent of last resort nail scratching on the top of an enclosed coffin, and perhaps this is why Drake chose Jim Joe’s handstyle for his album cover. Conveying desperation and suicidal ideation, the message itself is eerie enough, and if ever there was a famed handstyle to commission for a creepy album cover alluding to death, Jim Joe has got it.

His style was so well-liked, artists Rik Lomas and Simon Whybray developed a website, aptly entitled “If You’re Typing This It’s Too Late,” that allows users to create their own creepy ass Jim Joe album cover.

There are over 5,000 photos on Instagram hashtagged #jimjoe. We’ve compiled 12 must-see Instagram photos of the infamous Jim Joe, hard at work writing on New York City.

12. Solid advice from Jim Joe.

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user @angelasimione

11. The opposite is also, likely, true.

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user @akahop

10. Jim Joe as a party animal/graffiti style aficionado.

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user @lowbottome

9. Bet you’ve never heard this analogy. You are welcome.

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user @yungliv_

8. Jim Joe is enlightened. We’re all living in Plato’s allegory of the cave. Not Jim Joe.

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user @sexualreality

7. He’s a truthsayer. 

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user @annaque

6. In the style of René Magritte, Jim Joe takes surrealism to the next level. 

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user @kaviarandcigarettes

5. You are all I need.

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user @dontwakeallie

4. Psychology major Joe.

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user @svmz

3. He’s an ad-man with a profound understanding of the nuclear family.

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user @colintunstall

2. It’s what you’ll do anyway. 

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user @feeling_drowsy

1. Honesty is the best policy.

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user @clubomegaforever

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