You see I am a collector. But I collect something you may not even know is a thing. I collect autographs, and movie props among many other pop culture items. I grew up watching cartoons like Transformers and movies like the Goonies, Gremlins and Day of the Dead. At the age when I should have been outside playing I was watching unknown rare horror gems you’ve never heard of like Cropsy the Burning. I enjoy furnishing my walls with pop culture items, props from the movies of my childhood and the latest horror TV show The Walking Dead. Horror desensitized me somewhat as a child and made it easier to deal with my father being away while he was in the Coast Guard. As a child I had a paper route in the Coast Guard base Ramey in Puerto Rico. Bats would fly over me in the early morning as I rode my bicycle from door to door. Tossing the newspapers house to house and ducking the bats. Most kids would be terrified. Not me, I liked to stare up at them in wonder.
In the last few years I’ve had many a run-in with actors, actresses, musicians, politicians, etc. — on the street, in a hotel, in an airport, backstage, or at a convention, I have been fortunate to meet many of the entertainers I find talented and interesting.
From Rob Zombie to Kevin Bacon to Freddy Kreuger himself and the creator of Halloween and the thing John Carpenter I’ve had my fill. Usually these encounters are planned as I am an avid collector of autographs and movie memorabilia.
It’s not every day you can go into someone living room and brush your hands across a piece of Jabba the Hut’s barge, or look down the scope of a high powered futuristic rifle created for the film V for Vendetta.
I’ve always enjoyed having one of a kind items on display for others to see and admire. There are many stories and instances that I can recall fondly. Specifically one encounter that I had with Norman Reedus. For some of you that don’t recognize that name maybe I should call him by the name that is most recognizable, Daryl.
Yes one of the infamous and most beloved characters from The Walking Dead. As an actor I’ve followed Reedus’ work from Pandorum to his biggest success before The Walking Dead, The Boondock Saints. I attended what is now easily one of my favorite shows every year–Monster Mania in New Jersey. As I walked up to him he was drinking an amber ale and talking to a pretty girl. I had a few items for him to sign. I figured hell I could gift one or sell it and keep the other one. At $25 or more a pop I figured any opportunity to make some of my money back on one signature is worth a try. You can sell anything on ebay. I waited patiently as his line thinned out. At that time his popularity was mostly among the younger female persuasion. But I knew him from Blade 2 and Pandorum as well as The Boondock Saints. When it was my turn I spoke to his “handler” and gave up the money for the signatures. I don’t know if that’s what they are called but that’s what I call them. Because I just figure they “handle” the movie stars. When it was finally my turn to speak to him and get my signatures and a picture, I told him “I was a big fan,” and that “I appreciated him doing this for his fans.” I asked him if I could take a picture with him and he said “of course”. When I attempted to take a normal picture he said “Nah man you got to do it like this”, as he grabbed me by my shoulder and stuck out his middle finger to the cameras taking the picture.
So there I was taking a picture with Daryl from The Walking Dead and sticking out my middle finger at the camera.