For our first Roomhop of a sweet ’16er dwelling, Crackerjack Cartographer Zac Collazo took a trip to the unexplored reaches of the LLC to document the impeccably-planned walls of one freshperson’s single.
Upon entering Alexander Pines’ 94 square foot Hartley single, you might comment on its cramped size. The next thing you’d notice, however, would surely be the room’s striking personality.
“The theme is most definitely movies,” says Alexander, as he begins to walk me (figuratively rather than literally—it’s SO small) through he room. On one side, a life-sized standee of Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett glares menacingly, while on the desk a small Batman figurine sits atop a lamp version of the same galactic assassin. On the opposite wall is a vibrant, eclectic collage of posters of various movies and television shows, most of which are easily recognizable.
“There’s kind of a method to the madness of the posters,” Alexander says. This is an understatement. We start with two posters for the movie Prometheus. The film, according to Alexander, stars Idris Elba, Charlize Theron and Noomi Rapace. These two posters are flanked by ones for The Wire, Young Adult, and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, starring—wait for it—Elba, Theron, and Rapace, respectively.
Then we take a tangent with Young Adult. This movie was written by Diablo Cody, who also wrote Juno. Lo and behold, a small Juno poster is placed to the left of Young Adult. A poster for Christopher Nolan’s Inception sits directly underneath, rationalized by the fact that both this film and Juno star Ellen Page.
While the vast majority of Alexander’s posters appear to follow this chain rule, he acknowledges that he had to abandon a portion of his “crazy-ass six degrees of separation pattern” due to space limitations. With regards to the acquisition of the posters, he notes that the smallest were thrifted from a Blockbuster going out of business, while some of the larger ones, such as a poster of The Dark Knight Rises, were obtained during midnight IMAX showings.
Other notable aspects of this dorm room include subway and bus maps placed on the walls, white Christmas lights providing warm, ambient light, and the presence of two lightsabers, apt for fending off Stormtroopers as well as the occasional 4 am drunkard.
Regardless of its diminutive size, Alexander’s room certainly has a character all its own, and is a welcome departure from the typical whitewashed, undecorated, fluorescent-lit variety that plagues the vast majority of us.