Curtis was the lead singer of Joy Division and author of the British band's dark and poetic lyrics. He was quiet, depressive and often had epileptic seizures onstage.
He killed himself in 1980 in his home in Macclesfield, near Manchester, on the eve of the band's first tour of the United States. He was 23.
Months later, half a world away, the tribute appeared, and for 28 years it stood the test of time. It even had a mention on a Wikipedia page about Curtis.
It was repainted by die-hard fans each time it was defaced or covered over, although it has moved down the road from its original spot.
The words "laughing boy" were once added as a dig to Curtis' depression, but fans restored its original message and added the "walk in silence" lyrics from the Joy Division song Atmosphere.
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