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Rajiv Ramaiah: Mapping out your love life, MBTA style

Artist Rajiv Ramaiah likes to think of his artistic interpretations ofMBTA subway maps as personalized, intimate inside jokes for couples tohave.

Artist Rajiv Ramaiah likes to think of his artistic interpretations of MBTA subway maps as personalized, intimate inside jokes for couples to have.



Ramaiah, a woodworking sculptor and graphic designer, takes the T layout, complete with each stop, and reworks it using information provided to him by his clients.



“They give me about 15 to 25 points that are important in their lives — places they have worked, trips they have taken, moments they have celebrated on their own,” he said.



Ramaiah then maps out each moment to create an “interesting composition” that at first glance looks like a subway map, but details tell a story specific to the couples’ lives.



“It’s an ordinary everyday object mixed in with some intimacy,” he said.



Dubbed “Mapuccinnos,” the idea first started when Ramaiah constructed a map covering different abstract topics from national parks to politics and crime in America, which he thought translated well into the stops on the MBTA.



A Somerville resident, Ramaiah is a Web developer and tech consultant during the day, but his passion for the arts — and maps — keeps him driven.



“It defines a style that people are familiar with seeing but in a different context,” he said.



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