reginapolis map

I’m the type of music fan that gets into a band or artist pretty obsessively when I first discover them. I read all their interviews, look into their album art and the stories behind it and love to find out about what the band does when they’re not playing music. Usually that level of interest isn’t sustained over the years, but there are a few artists for whom my love is still as that blissful “in love” level (The New Pornographers and The Dismemberment Plan). I love seeing other people’s favorite musicians and artists and how they’ve chosen to celebrate their love of their work, so today I thought it would be perfect to share this map inspired by a singer’s lyrics.

Artist Francesca Pasini loves musician Regina Spektor so much she decided to draw a map of New York City using Regina’s lyrics as the primary means of decoration. Any places or neighborhoods in the lyrics are located in their correct geographic position and each song is written in a different handwriting style.

I love the idea of regional maps composed of lyrics or songs inspired by that area or written by artists in that area. How fun would it be to have a Seattle map made from your favorite grunge-era band’s lyrics? Or a map of Portland using Decemberists lyrics (illustrated by Carson Ellis, maybe?). I love the idea of really combining words and locations like this. It’s such a fun way to play with maps. If you’re interested in picking up this “Reginapolis” map from Francesa you can grab a copy right here on Etsy ($43). xo, grace

*One of my favorite gifts I ever got AC was a (make-believe) map of a town made using only Bruce Springsteen lyrics called “Springstreets“. Not just the actual words, but the imagery in songs. It was AMAZING and so classically Bruce. I’m still holding out for a map of Washington, D.C. using only Dismemberment Plan lyrics…

  1. eloisea says:

    I have already purchased one, is just beautiful to look at, reading it, loose yourself in the lettering world.
    love it

  2. Anne says:

    Aww the Dismemberment Plan ! How I miss them so. I lost my cds and need new ones!

    1. grace says:


      DP is touring a little this year, if they come near you GO GO GO. i saw them in nyc this past winter and they were just as amazing as i remember :)

  3. Alyssa says:

    I love that! I really like Regina Spektor, but if someone made a map of Seattle with grunge lyrics it would be hard for me not to buy.

  4. Oooh, so like Regina Spector ;) The map is awesome!

  5. vanessa says:

    I LOVE to see other people mention The Dismemberment Plan!!!!!! omg! G- I’ve been a casual reader for years but now I want to hang out. Come to Miami- it’s amazing. Wynwood is BLOWING up.

    1. grace says:


      i’m a hard core d-plan fan for life. you should have seen me geek out when i realized travis lived in my (old) neighborhood in brooklyn. i went into super fan mode. ;)


  6. Amy says:

    I am in love. I need this!

  7. Amma says:

    Regina! Now I have to put all these songs on. Love her and this map. Simply awesome.

  8. Molly says:

    I might have to go into debt to get this. I love D Plan too! I saw them in Boston and it pretty much intensified my experience listening to their albums at home forever after.

  9. Bre says:

    oh wow, these are really cool. :) would love to have one myself, i’ve always had this HUGE fascination with maps!


  10. Sarah says:

    Amazing! The fonts are totally lovely too!

  11. Maggie says:

    Or of Minneapolis, St. Paul or Brooklyn with lyrics from The Hold Steady.
    I really love this idea, too.

  12. casamos says:

    I. Need. This. Regina is a big part of who I am musically today. She was the first artist who I chose to listen to who wasn’t influenced by my brother or my family. I love thinking of her as *my* artist. Plus, I’m a bit of a map-a-holic. Haha.

  13. shrada says:

    beautiful, i love regina and i love new york…what a happy union. would love to saw a sufjan stevens one next!

  14. SAra says:

    I love this! And I love regina too! (too bad it sold!)…would it be too nosey to ask if you know what program she used for this? I have an idea of my own using one of my favorite cities in Israel..

  15. kara says:

    love this idea…my first wedding anniversary is coming up, and I love the idea of interpreting the lyrics from songs we played at our wedding into a map…

  16. Kristina says:

    I’d love to see a map like this of Chicago – just any song, rap or blues, etc., about Chicago.

  17. Karine says:

    Has anyone else discovered any other lyric maps? Would love to see some by some other artists!

  18. Hannah says:

    Oh, that Springsteen map! That’s one Christmas present, taken care of…

  19. cassie says:

    i might have to have the fictional world of The Dear Hunter made into a map. This is too neat, and we definitely need some cool merch for the Summer tour.

  20. Francesca says:

    Hello everyone and thanks!
    i’m the girl who made the map and i wasn’t expecting all this!
    for those interested: i’ll put a few maps on sale today and i will make them print again in the next weeks!
    thank you grace for publishing Reginapolis, :)

  21. Leaff Design says:

    This is lovely, I really like this artwork!

  22. Catherine says:

    Anyone know if these got removed for copyright reasons or if they’re just out of stock? The link no longer works and I’m wondering if they’ll come back…

  23. michelle says:

    The link doesn’t seem to work for me, does anyone know if the shop has moved or . . .?

  24. Francesca says:

    hey guys!
    the maps are sold out and I am so flattered by all this!
    you can check my twitter account so i can keep you updated as soon as they will be available again!/naifpanicscares


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