Hitchhiker's Guide to Ohio: Indie band finds John Waters thumbing on I-70

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Safety tip, kids. NEVER pick up a hitchhiker ... unless it happens to be awesomely iconic oddball film director/curator of bad taste John Waters.

A few hours ago, indie rockers Here We Go Magic tweeted this.

That seemed odd. Perhaps some followers didn't believe the band. So they tweeted this awesomely enthusiastic update.

And, finally, some photographic evidence of possibly the coolest hitchhiker Ohio has seen in decades.

Details remain a little sketchy, but DCist updates with a quote from band member Michael Bloch recounting the incident as the band drove past a man holding a sign reading "to the end of Rte 70" this morning. "As we passed by, our sound guy said 'John Waters' Luke said, 'Yep, definitely John Waters.' We got off at the next exit and circled back. He was still there."

The skeptic in me says this has to be a stunt of some sort. But then I thought only a touring indie rock band would be cool enough to pick up John Waters in Eastern Ohio. And only John Waters would be wacky enough to hitchhike in Eastern Ohio.

Hat tip to local music blogger Katie Pierce of Jack in the Pocket for the scoop. Pierce, who just interviewed the band yesterday, added "I only wish I could interview them tonight instead of last night."

UPDATE: Waters' hometown paper The Baltimore Sun is on the story. They report that an editor spotted Waters with that same sign in Baltimore ... perhaps Waters is hitching across the country?

Please let us know if you see him in Columbus, folks!

Oh, and here's an Instagram pic from a band member ... how perfect is Waters' hitchhiking sign?