WEST SEATTLE SCENE: The green Mystery Stripe!

Nathan emailed this morning to ask, “If you are out, can you see if the green stripe has been painted on 41st? Everyone could use some St. Patrick’s cheer.” So we went over to look – and yes, it’s there, on 41st SW in North Admiral. While so many things have suddenly stopped or dramatically changed, not this … so, thanks, Mystery Stripe painter(s)!

(We should add, for newcomers – this has been a St. Patrick’s Day tradition on this block for many years.)

29 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE SCENE: The green Mystery Stripe!"

  • Pilsner March 17, 2020 (10:19 am)

    Perfect time to mess with a 70 year old sewer main. (Light hearted attemp at joke)

  • Anne March 17, 2020 (10:30 am)

    A tradition-thank you☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️

  • barbara s spector March 17, 2020 (10:42 am)

    And where is the turkey?

    • WSB March 17, 2020 (11:09 am)

      It’s #TurkeyTuesday and we’ve received MANY photos in recent days – will be publishing them later, a little out of rhythm because there’s not enough for a “happening/not happening” roundup while we get used to new routines (or lack of them).

      • tovans March 17, 2020 (12:17 pm)

        I can confirm that the turkey is alive and well today. We saw her (him?) on our morning walk today.  No photo as I didn’t have my phone with me.  

      • Janelle March 17, 2020 (3:36 pm)

        Yay, looking forward to this post :)

  • WS Taxpayer March 17, 2020 (10:54 am)

    Love it!  

  • ImNotBanksy March 17, 2020 (11:00 am)

    I would say this has to be a Banksy piece 

    • Hoku March 17, 2020 (11:41 am)

      • Haiku March 17, 2020 (6:42 pm)

        🤣… THANK YOU!

  • Jennifer March 17, 2020 (11:06 am)

    I never understood why this was always painted there on St. Patrick’s Day but always liked seeing it. Thank you to whomever painted it again this year.  We need some “normal” right now! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all….Irish or not! 

  • momosmom March 17, 2020 (11:07 am)

    Someone must have a security camera so we can at least see who’s doing this??? Or maybe it is a little person dressed all in green???!!! :>)  But whoever it is, thank you!

  • Quarantined March 17, 2020 (11:21 am)

    I lived on this block in Admiral for 3 years and have never seen this/knew this happened? Is this north or south of Admiral Way?

    • WSB March 17, 2020 (11:48 am)


  • Andros March 17, 2020 (11:30 am)

    Someone would always do this in Phoenix where I lived every year.  It’s cool!

  • miws March 17, 2020 (11:47 am)

    I know that the St. Patrick’s Day Mystery Green Stripe has been recurring for *years*,  and that the off and on and the presence of TWST has been in more recent years, but do any 41st neighbors have security cam video showing that TWST painted this year’s Stripe? —Mike 

    • WestSeattleGuy March 17, 2020 (12:58 pm)

      How about instead of trying to capture the person on cam, you just enjoy the moment and a little mystery. 

      • songstorm March 17, 2020 (5:04 pm)

        I may be reading the acronym wrong but I think Mike was alluding to it not being a person who painted the stripe after all…

        • miws March 17, 2020 (6:26 pm)

          Yes, Songstorm is right. I was just making a joke that The West Seattle Turkey may have been the stripe painter this year.  —Mike 

      • Angela March 17, 2020 (5:20 pm)

        Hear Hear WSB!

  • TM March 17, 2020 (11:49 am)

    Here’s a great option to celebrate St Paddy’s safely- Dropkick Murphys are streaming a live concert from Boston, free, beginning at 4pm our time.http://www.dropkickmurphys.com/2020/03/14/streaming-up-from-boston-free-st-patricks-day-live-stream/

  • anonyme March 17, 2020 (12:21 pm)

    Wow, can’t believe St. Paddy’s is here already…

  • Mj March 17, 2020 (12:45 pm)

    I inquired with SDoT a few years back, green striping designates a biking street

    • WSB March 17, 2020 (2:30 pm)

      Not this one.

      • KM March 17, 2020 (3:50 pm)

        I’m pretty sure they haven’t designated most greenways with green stripes in some time, but I could be wrong.

  • Trish March 17, 2020 (3:58 pm)

    Love, love, love that this is done every year.   Brings cheer to all that see it.  Thank you wee leprechauns!

  • Nancy K March 17, 2020 (4:33 pm)

    Some Seattle history from about 1970….a designer and shop owner named John Doyle Bishop painted a green stripe each year on I think Fifth Avenue near his shop…Google it!

    • WSB March 17, 2020 (4:37 pm)

      They’ve painted a stripe downtown every year in recent history too … canceled this year along with St. P’s Day parade.

  • Beth March 18, 2020 (1:35 am)

    I have lived in WS all my life and had a friend who lived in that neighborhood, and the original green stripe artist was known to her – in 1978/1979. She showed it to me back then. Many years, indeed. I’m happy for any modicum of good cheer these days. Keep sharingth creativity, kindlness, and good spirits where you see it.

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