Culture on the Cheap
New York Shitty Day Ender: Meet Mr. Frankenstein
Filed under: 11211, Gentrification, Planet Entitlement, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn
As I was attempting to capture the Halloween imagery in the window at this building (which can be seen at top right in the above photo), a man collecting cans shouted:
Why not take a picture of me instead?
And then Charles asked me how I would like him to pose. I told him was not necessary. Rather, I would simply like to know his story.
First off, he showed me the custom jacket he made. Then he showed me his “identification card” (which cited a Common Ground shelter off of Times Square) and added:
I lived here ten years ago. My best friend died here. He said he would haunt me for the rest of my life. I feel the need to come back here.
Charles went on to explain to me his fascination for the movie “Frankenstein”. More specifically that a man created a “monster” and gave it his name. When I pointed out that I (a chick with blue hair wearing a hat sporting cat ears) prefer “Bride of Frankenstein” myself he noted:
The woman with the crazy hair.
Yeah, I thought it was pretty awesome.
Charles: You have a doctor who created them and, having no name of their own, gave them his name. They’re a family.
Me: They were.
Charles went on to recount how much he likes the Wizard of Oz (especially the scarecrow) and Mister Rogers (paraphrased):
He was an old man who played with toys and invited people to be his neighbors. I want to do that… I am artist (once again showing off his customized jacket) there are plenty on people (on Times Square) doing drawings why can’t I?
This post is dedicated to Charles Winston Frankenstein (which is what the above fellow made quite clear was his name).