Taylor Swift Left Fans’ Eyes Open With a QR Code Mural in Chicago

Update:  April 26, 2024
Taylor Swift Left Fans’ Eyes Open With a QR Code Mural in Chicago

Swifties are on high alert over a mural that appeared in River North Chicago ahead of the release of her new album, The Tortured Poets Department. 

Are you ready for it?

With all the mysteries and whatnot, there’s one thing that Taylor Swift does best—timing. 

On April 15, the Monday before “Tortured Poets Department’s” debut on April 19, a mysterious QR code mural popped up in Chicago, and Swifties are scrambling to crack the code. 

There were so many eyes on the mural Tuesday afternoon with telltale signs that this mural would reveal something big.  

“I think it’s going to be Easter eggs for a music video that’s coming out,” said Whitney Hansen, who came to watch the mural being painted on Tuesday. “I think she’s going to release a music video at like 3 a.m. Friday.”

The mural has become an instant landmark, with fans flocking to snap pics and brainstorm what the code means. 

TTPD QR code: Fanning the flames of Swifties’ curiosity

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This wasn’t just any random graffiti. The cryptic message, strategically placed on the side of the building at the southeast corner of the Chicago Medical Society building, has taken the attention of Swifties everywhere. 

Littered with the number 13 and the letters “TTPD,” it has been written a hundred times in a font that evokes a typewriter style, superimposed over each other to form a QR code. 

When people scanned the code with their smart devices, they were taken to 13-second YouTube shorts with the message “Error 321” and a faded number 13—a classic Taylor move to incorporate her lucky number everywhere. 

Taylor Swift is one of the few artists who can paint a mural in Chicago to promote her album, leaving fans blown away by the fact that the code is linked to her YouTube channel. 

This has led to interesting theories. Some fans think TTPD might stand for something, analyzing any potential hidden meaning or hints about the upcoming album.

A swiftie expressed on Facebook, “There’s no one in the entertainment as fun as our Taylor. So grateful she gives us games to play, mysteries to unfold, and this great community!” 

Another fan also commented on YouTube, “Release week is soooo fun, i LOVE being a swifie.

Everyone knows she loves the players, and we love the game. 

This shows how the use of a QR code generator can intensify the global pop icon’s heart-stopping waves of hurt—and a testament to her storytelling prowess that she can turn promotion into a mind-wrecking puzzle. 

What labyrinthine schemes is the Mastermind up to?

Taylor Swift is pushing forward with a new album that packs a mystery for fans to unravel. Whatever the case, all fans agree that the album rollout confirms that Swift continues to be a marketing mastermind. 

People on social media mused that the mural’s placement could refer to her song “the lakes,” which includes the line, “Take me to the lakes where all the poets went to die,” as a subtle nod to her new album’s title, “The Tortured Poets Department.”

There goes the loudest woman this town has ever seen. What exactly is Swift up to this time? 

Is it a new concert date? A new set during the Eras Tour? Is she crafting a complex narrative that spans the entire album? Or fresh merchandise? The possibilities are endless, and that’s part of her plan. 

As the clock ticks close to the hour of the album release, fans sit hunched over their desk, waiting to be swept away by the very torturous verse. 

The Tortured Poets Department is about to be unleashed

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While fans were expecting Swift to announce Reputation (Taylor’s Version), she instead revealed that she had been secretly concocting a brand new project for two years—now one of the best QR code campaigns of all time. 

All four variations of “The Tortured Poets Department” will have the same 16 songs, but the 17th song will differ depending on the album’s version. 

Each four album has special edition bonus tracks named after a bewildering title, such as “The Manuscript” and “The Black Dog.” The Mother will release 20 exciting new songs in total. 

These albums sold out fast, leaving fans even more eager to hear the entire stream. 

We don’t know much about the sound yet, but the album hints at something deep and emotional—maybe even a bit dark or some kind of haunted


It’s me, hi—the QR code that will revolutionize the big stage

The QR code craze has just gone wild and will continue to shake up the advertising arena. 

With her finger on the pulse of technology and fan engagement, the pop queen continues to push boundaries and redefine what it means to be a superstar in the 21st century. 

It’s interactive, it’s unexpected, and it’s something we have never seen before. 

Let’s meet the superstar at midnight. If you’re a Swiftie, mark your calendars for April 19th—it’s starting to feel like one of those nights we won’t be sleeping.

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