Tourists From the Future

“If time travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future?”
Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

Braindead Brewing Company, Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas

Shazam.

If I could travel back in time I would end up in a place and time where and when I really owned a brand-new operating Symphonic Brand Cathode Ray Tube Television and thought it was pretty cool.

Never mind.

Rodeo Clown Vibrations

Rodeo clown vibrations are crackin’ the skulls of false gods.
—-written in blue Sharpie on the side of an abandoned computer monitor

I am, of course, a fan of street art – the odder the better – and of guerrilla publishing. In my wanderings around town, I once stumbled across an interesting piece of text plastered up on a wall in Deep Ellum – Text on the Streets.

Stuck on a plywood-covered window. Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas

Stuck on a plywood-covered window. Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas

Then, over a year later, I found the same work stuck in a bottle on a park table in Oak Cliff – Message in a Bottle – Shazam!

Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle

I have wondered about the artist – and wasn’t able to find out much. Some other folks were looking too, and I found a few examples of his work photographed and posted on the internet.
Here
Here
Here
Here

Then, this weekend, another year later, I found more of the artist’s work in Deep Ellum.

First, I stumbled across a pink decorated metal box on an out-of-the-way stoop.

Box found  Deep Ellum Dallas, Texas

Box found
Deep Ellum
Dallas, Texas

Inside the box was a Xeroxed art work, with writing on the reverse.

Fantastic Cosmic Kismet Vibrations are flowing to you and through you NOW!

Fantastic Cosmic Kismet Vibrations are flowing to you and through you NOW!

Obviously the same person. Walking onward, I found that he had kicked his stuff up a notch. In front of Braindead Brewing I found an old decorated computer monitor. It is good to see that in the last few years he has learned how to spell Hootenanny.

The Future is Now Deep Ellum Dallas, Texas

The Future is Now
Deep Ellum
Dallas, Texas

The Universal Flow has led you to this exact moment in time and space.

The Universal Flow has led you to this exact moment in time and space.

Rodeo Clown Vibrations

Rodeo Clown Vibrations

Really cool stuff. I bow down.

Oh, and by the way, on the piece of paper found in the box, I discovered a clue that led me to find the artist… they even have a Facebook Page.

So who is it? I don’t think I’ll let on. Find it yourself. The clues are there.

Message in a Bottle – Shazam!

This weekend I was spending the day wandering around the city on my bicycle. I started out by riding to the DART station with the intention of getting on the first train and riding it until I felt like getting off.

As can happen on days like that, later in the afternoon I found my self wanting to take a little rest. I was riding through Oak Cliff, a little west and a little south of the Bishop Arts District, and spotted a tiny bit of shade graced by a collection of round concrete picnic tables with benches next to a Christian School.

It looked inviting – to sit, polish off a water bottle and listen to some music on headphones. So I swerved off the street and rode the sidewalk under the trees.

The only thing that was there was a wine bottle sticking up on one of the tables. I assumed someone had been there before me – probably the night before – and used the spot for a little public intoxication. Not liking litter – I went over to fetch the bottle so I could find a trash can somewhere.

As I approached the bottle I realized I was wrong. It wasn’t a cheap empty. Someone had replaced the label with a handwritten sign that said “Message In A Bottle,” with a lightning bolt and a couple of stars. There was a missive wadded up in the neck of the bottle. It was wet and torn, but I extracted it and carefully unfolded it on the concrete top of the picnic table.

The message was a Xeroxed mysterious crazy rant ending with Shazam! and a crude picture of Andy Kaufman.

The message bottle on the shady picnic table.

The message bottle on the shady picnic table.

Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle

Here’s what the message said:

You are Now! Yes. Is this real? This moment, that you have chosen to co-create? I know not. What I do know is that everything in your life has led you to this exact moment in space and time. Yes your fantastic being of molecular vibrations slipping into the NOW. You, co-creating the awakening of your inner Shazam-Samurai! You, catapulting your nitro-burnin’, fuel-injected, Hootenany, Howlin’ Wolf, Love dance into the future of NOW! Yes! Yes! Yes!

Shazam!

Now, what was so odd about all this is that I had seen that exact same message before. I had photographed it and written a blog entry. Over a year ago, I came across another exact copy of this glued to a boarded-up window in Deep Ellum. I wrote about it here: Text on the Streets.

Stuck on a plywood-covered window. Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas

Stuck on a plywood-covered window. Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas

So there is someone that for at least over a year has been going around Dallas putting out these little nutjob manifestos. I found two about six miles apart. I did a search on the text and found nothing (other than my own blog entry).

I carefully folded and rolled the worn paper and stuck it back in the bottle. Now I want to keep my eyes open – see if I find it again.

Text on the Streets

As you move around, keep an eye out for the mysterious text that surrounds us. Here and there, in the odd corners and foggy backwaters of the city, there are messages. What do they mean? Who know? Who cares.

Stuck on a plywood-covered window. Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas

Stuck on a plywood-covered window. Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas

You are Now! Yes. Is this real? This moment, that you have chosen to co-create? I know not. What I do know is that everything in your life has led you to this exact moment in space and time. Yes your fantastic being of molecular vibrations slipping into the NOW. You, co-creating the awakening of your inner Shazam-Samurai! You, catapulting your nitro-burnin’, fuel-injected, Hootenany, Howlin’ Wolf, Love dance into the future of NOW! Yes! Yes! Yes!

Shazam!

Stencil (one of several) on the Santa Fe Bicycle Trail, Dallas, Texas

Stencil (one of several) on the Santa Fe Bicycle Trail, Dallas, Texas

Sign attached to bicycle, French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

Sign attached to bicycle, French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

Castin Call
Ride a Blind Camel
Ladies 18+ only
Call 229-9982
To play 4 Dominican Nuns
Boston Bank Job
(CIA Classified)
Libya Gold Assasins
Call Butch Cassidy Detective Agency