RoomHop: Postcards and Inspiration
Written by Bwog Staff
RoomHop once again with Bwog’s Carolyn Ruvkun to check out this John Jay resident’s epistolary memorabilia. If you believe your room should be Hopped, please email [email protected] with pictorial evidence.
“I consider myself a nostalgic person,” reflects Will Hughes, CC’13. He salvages his memories with a commemorative collage covering every inch of his John Jay single’s walls. Not even a speck of his white walls peaks out from under the collection of posters, art, flyers, letters, photographs, and sketches. “Everything in the room has a story behind it,” Will promises. He points out the postcards from his friend Shelby as examples of the “moments captured” on his walls. “She lives in Los Angeles and I’m from the Bay area, so we’ve had an epistolary friendship for a while. Over the summer, we sent postcards everyday and now we try once a week.” Shelby is responsible for much of the art in Will’s room, including a red-eyed dragon cartoon inspired by a sketchy encounter with Shia LeBeouf. “I’m definitely blessed with artistic friends,” Will admits. “When everyone goes off to college, they miss their friends and this is a fun way to think about them. They all know about my room and send me stuff for it.”
While Will’s walls display his sentimentality, his curtains reveal his pragmatism. After seeing the phrase “There will be no miracles here” in the subway, Will decided that it fit his personal outlook and deserved to be painted onto his curtain. “People see it and say, ‘that’s so depressing,’ but,” Will defends, “I really feel it is empowering: I’m going to make my own way, do shit myself without miracles to save me.” He puts his level-headedness to good use as the Stage Manager of this year’s V-show.
Other highlights of Will’s walls include a “No More Monkey Business” poster about the Scopes trial, an “Assorted Barnard Cookies” label and a massive “Now Serving Crepes” sign from a European internet café. Quirky trinkets, like the ceramic eggplant he found by a gutter, line his stocked bookshelves. Will stores his substantial record collection in crates by his bed and keeps his record player on his dresser. “I like the whole process of playing a record more than just hitting a button,” he explains.
To offset the hodge-podge aesthetic of his walls, Will created striking clean lines running across his ceiling by randomly stringing and taping blue and red yarn. “I really like the shadows you get when the light is on,” Will says, as he flicks on the lamp that he rescued from a street corner.
And what’s in store for next year? “I like the turnover. I’ll probably update it with newer postcards.”
“A lot of people are overwhelmed by my room,” Will acknowledges, “but I’ve had everything in here for a while, so I’m reminded of something rather than experiencing it for the first time. The room has been an undertaking, but it was definitely a labor of love.”