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The Weird World of Kayvon Edson, the ‘Performance Artist and Mental Patient’ Behind the Boston Bomber Anniversary Hoax

Kayvon Edson, alleged artist.

The man who thought it would be funny or subversive to drop a backpack near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on the one-year anniversary of the bombing while yelling “Boston Strong!” has been identified as 25-year-old Kayvon Edson. Barefoot and bounding creepily, like Heath Ledger’s the Joker, down Boylston Street in a black floppy hat, Edson reportedly told police his bag contained a rice cooker, which was later detonated by a bomb squad and reportedly filled with confetti. He’s been charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and possession of a hoax device.

Edson, who has a colorful online presence that includes absurdist tributes to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, seems to believe this is art.

I’m a fashion designer, an entrepreneur, a performance artist, a mental patient, a blogger bloggerist, a jailbird, a college dropout, and a drag queen,” says Edson in an eponymous video posted on YouTube. “Boston, yeaaaah, dude,” he bellows in character as a bro. He also says he was diagnosed as bipolar.

On Facebook, Edson changed his cover photo yesterday to a photo of Tsarnaev, made into a meme. His political views are listed as: “Politicians Are Poorly Dressed Celebrities That Govern.”

His blog, Natural Selection, was updated on Tuesday as well, with a post called “#SexyBomber.” Edson seems to think this is all very funny. “Boy-o-boy, I’d pressure cook him a meal n’ bring him homo to Mama,” he writes. “Heart of gold! I’d run 26.2 miles fur you! Happy Anniversary, babe! Next time, I’ll cry a river for our love boat.”

Here he is with a shrine to Justin Bieber:

Kayvon is a total Avantgardster and a Fashion Dinosaur. He makes mad f@$h10n and will tell ‘ya straight- even though he’s a total fag,” reads his Twitter bio.

Congratulations, Kayvon. You’re finally famous.

Kayvon Edson, ‘Artist’ and Boston Bomb Hoaxer