Ryan Adams, “Flying Dracula”

It’s been years since Ryan Adams has lived in (or even visited) the setting for “Losering,” his old pre-fame stomping grounds of Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill. A lot has changed in the years since Ryan has been gone, but a few traces of his time here linger into the present day. And below is an artifact, if you could call off-color graffiti an artifact.

This is written on a bathroom wall of The Cave, a cool subterranean nightspot on the main Franklin Street drag over in Chapel Hill whose co-owners include Van Alston (Ryan’s “Come Pick Me Up” co-writer). It is of uncertain provenance and looks like something Ryan could have written himself, based on the handwriting and how often he has used variations of “Dracula” as a pseudonym over the years — including “Sad Dracula” and, going way back, “Count Chocula.” And for a limited time, you can get this on a T-shirt, red print on black. They’re gong for $20 while they last. Email MarkConnor@mac.com to check on availability.



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  1. Clarke

    Hi there! This is very random (and outdated!) but I must clear up something about this graffiti. The part “Flying Dracula That Jacks Off On You” was written by a member of my band from Austin in 2005. I don’t know when the “Ryan Adams is a” part was written, but the original part was written when we played at the Cave that year. The Flying Dracula character had different variations, like “Dr. Flying Dracula That Makes You Be On Acid,” which was written on the bathroom wall of Casino El Camino in Austin around the same time, memorialized here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tront/2943103303/in/photostream/ (I don’t know who took that picture or owns that Flickr account.) I hope this doesn’t mess up the “legendary graffiti” story, but I thought you’d like to know the where the original part came from.

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