In 1980 when Coburn completed art college he spent 2 years travelling in Europe. While in Paris he worked at a Hotel in Le Marais and one day spotted this fashion photograph ripped up in the garbage and decided to draw on the back. The image is of the back alley where he rented a studio apartment for 6 months in Pigalle. A fond memory are the ten days his Mother Sue came from Canada to visit and stay in the rather doggy red light district with him. One night at 3am they were woken in shock as a couple of tranvestites got into a fist fight leaving blood on the shutters ! 

It all ended peacefully and John honoured his Mom’s visit with her name and date that she left Paris  – June 11 ( 1980 )