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So I started posting again, then I stopped. See, I had this neat idea, but then I got sick, and it took my throat a long time to recover. Stupid throat. And I was all pouty and didn’t want to do anything until I could post my video.  So here it is!  Eee!

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The Toynbee Tiler (TTT) has been dropping tiles since the early 80s, trying in various ways to convince folks that the dead will be resurrected if only we colonize Jupiter. Yes, like the best outsider artists, he’s a wee bit nutty. Extremely paranoid and secretive, his identity has never been verified.

If you want to watch one of my favorite documentaries, check out Resurrect Dead. Even if you’re not into the tiles, the movie is wonderfully entertaining.

Though tiles have been found all over the world, the work is primarily centered in Philadelphia. I first learned about the tiles when living in Oregon. Then I moved to Florida. I didn’t have much hope of seeing one myself. But then…we moved to Maryland. And, as it turns out, TTT likes to head down I95 and drop tiles in Baltimore and Washington. WOOHOO!

A couple weekends ago, the Spousal Unit and I went tile hunting in Baltimore. We didn’t find anything new–we just looked for tiles that were already documented. Hey, first time out, we wanted a sure thing.

At first, we looked for anything in the area. Having no luck, we decided to concentrate only on tiles with pictures. We were beginning to have doubts, when we spotted a suspicious splotch in a crosswalk:

And then, OMG:

My First Toynbee Tile, at Pratt and South. (links to pic from 2014)

I can’t even begin to explain my elation. I didn’t cry, but it was close. I was floating.

Flush with success, we found several more:

Sorry about the ugly word. Like I said, guy is afraid of EVERYTHING. (links to 2015 pic by Joey Pasco)

(links to pic from 2014 by Keith Hughes)

(links to 2014 photo)

My fave, with 2001 carefully inlaid like a background. (links to 2014 photo)

It’s interesting to see how the tiles have held up over time. Each of the Baltimore tiles links to an earlier photo.

Yesterday, I hoofed around Washington, but all I found was a possible fragment:

There’s been a lot of repaving; nonetheless, I have been scouring boards, and plan on going back with more info.

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Dead Angels by Peter Callessen

Goth ice cream. Charcoal flavored?

Skull Flower Pot. Not sure why they say “hand carved” when it’s clearly resin cast. But still cool.

Spirit Board installation at San Francisco Airport

Museum of Death

Hail Dark Aesthetic. Like an Obscura in Kentucky.

The Dolls of Chernobyl

A Grave of Secrets

Photographing the last of the drive-ins.

Mini Graveyard Kit

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