"Artist" Behind Boston Bomber Anniversary Hoax

Avantgardster drops rice cooker filled with confetti

Apr 16, 2014
Outside Magazine
OutsideOnline Boston bomb hoax anniversary Kayvon Edson #PurgatoryVACATION mental patient bipolar

Edson on #PurgatoryVACATION    Nat Sel/YouTube

Around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Boston police evacuated the Boylston Street marathon finish line after Kayvon Edson—a self-proclaimed eye-patchist, college dropout, jailbird, and lover of the suffix -ster—dropped a rice cooker filled with confetti behind the photo bridge in tribute to his Internet crush and Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Bostonians are one year removed from the manhunt that seized their city and spurred unprecedented support from the Twitter trend #BostonStrong, but Edson was five hours late for an actual anniversary bag drop.

He must have been getting dressed. The avantgardster (to use one of his favorite pseudo-words) masqueraded down Boylston in a poorly draped sheet, floppy black hat, and black sweats yelling, "Boston strong!"

His Natural Selection blog, which he returned to in early 2014 after a year on #PurgatoryVACATION, reads, "Happy Anniversary, babe! Next time, I'll cry a river for our love boat. #BostonStrong #BostonStrong #BostonStrong…" He trails off the page.

Within categories such as "Notez From A Psych Wardster" and "Notez From [email protected]," written by various personalities, Edson emerges as the Perez Hilton of the hoax-terror world. But Tuesday's tribute was more than a #BloggeristAttack, as he put it. Edson has been charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and possession of a hoax device.

He also suffers from borderline personality disorder, according to his Twitter feed.

@KayvonTheFGGT: "The #patient says, being #famousontheinternet is #hardwork. #fashionablyill"

If you want to call his getup and the rice cooker he lost to the Boston Bomb Squad hard work or art or mental illness, then #fashionablyill—Edson's memoir—may be complete, but I doubt it extends past his 62 tweets.

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