One of the best results of writing “Losering” has been to introduce me to a boatload of great people all over the world, fellow Ryan Adams superfans whose enthusiasm for his music manifests itself in lots of really cool ways. One of those fans is Thom Bennett — a gentleman and a scholar who was kind enough to send along the last T-shirt from his latest batch, which is emblazoned with four of the alter-ego names that Ryan has used over the years. Here I am posed with it on. This is a followup to his previous shirt (see below), which I have to say is pretty genius.
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.