Parisian Graffiti and Studded Leather in Montmartre

Montmartre – A bohemian’s paradise, where gypsies, tourists, painters and romantics conglomerate under the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur. Set atop a gradually-inclining hill, the Catholic haven provides unrivaled views of Paris.  Personally, however, I believe the most curious, intriguing attractions rest on walls throughout the old district – that is, graffiti. Although spraying paint on public property can result in fines and arrests, they successfully arrested my attention while delivering me to the most mysterious realms of my mind.

To somewhat mirror the gritty area, I wore a faux leather jacket with studded lapels.  Injecting the traditional leather jacket with metallic appliqués revs up the classic rebel look, creating an even more stirring appearance.  Pairing the jacket with a black and white pinstriped button-up shirt added a monochromatic feel similar to the occasional mimes quietly sauntering through the Painter’s Square by the basilica.  The result? A harmonious balance between roaring Moulin Rouge impropriety and silent simulation.


Subway stop, in the direction toward Montmartre.


Graffiti by the famous seemingly never-ending steps toward the basilica…do or die.


I found a spray-painted version of my outfit up there.


The Basilique du Sacré-Coeur.


Studs and iron make a powerful duo.


Shoes – T.J. Maxx

Everything Else – Zara

Additional graffiti spotted throughout Paris:

A massive graffiti image of Salvador Dalí adjacent to the Centre Pompidou.

A massive graffiti image of Salvador Dalí adjacent to the Centre Pompidou.


Graffiti image of a lonely mobster on the Boulevard Beaumarchais.

Yours truly,


17 thoughts on “Parisian Graffiti and Studded Leather in Montmartre

  1. ashley says:

    Just wanted you to know that I adore your writing, as well as your style. Pairing the leather jacket with the striped shirt? Brilliant!

    • jonathanochart says:

      It’s not what you wear so much as how you wear it! I’m sure there a some pieces in your closet worth blogging about!

  2. Sharpen Style says:

    We LOVE Montmartre…. Everytime I go to Paris I have to stop at least one day walking the streets of Montmartre. It has something about it, I don´t know how to explain it but suddenly I see myself with all those trouble and dammed artist…Love it, just love it…

    And your style is awesome too! We like the spiked jacket with that striped shirt, it looks really great!
    Stop by our blog and, if you like it, may be we can stay in touch!

    • jonathanochart says:

      It’s quite the mystical place (; Thank you for the compliment! I looked at some of your posts and I liked what I saw, I’ll definitely visit often. Thanks for stopping by, and style on!

  3. SugarAndSwag says:

    Great jacket! And thanks for sharing some fantastic street art pics I haven’t seen before!Im a huge street art fan:) Also cool how you found an art wall with similar outfit to yours:)

    • jonathanochart says:

      Thanks for the compliment! I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures – I was quite stoked when I saw that graffiti figure!

  4. greennotebook says:

    I really like your style. You certainly know a thing or two about polish. :) The photograph of you with your graffiti counterpart is especially striking. You have made me wish to see Montmartre again.

  5. christelle says:

    I just want to correct someting : This is not a graffiti of Salvador Dali but a self-portrait of Jef Aerosol (the artist of the graffiti, you can see his name on his graffiti) :)

    • jonathanochart says:

      Thanks for the distinction, Christelle – a quick Google search shows you’re correct, though tons of other travelers have made the same mistake as me!

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