It’s a safe bet that most of us don’t drive at night the same way that Eric Lynxwiler does.
Sure, we all perambulate in one kind of vehicle or another, in a more-or-less legal manner. But the 37-year-old Lynxwiler has a passion and a skill set that sets him apart. Lynxwiler is one of our most informed and discerning urban archaeologists. He searches out neon signs in the Southern California night, evaluating and appreciating them in a way that very few people are able.
The graphic designer and art director’s name is known to but a few. But for those who have been lucky enough to find a seat on one of the many double-decker bus tours that Lynxwiler has conducted for the Museum of Neon Art in the last 13 years, you know what an informative and entertaining historian/raconteur he is.
He’s one of those rare specialists who can outline his subjects in perspectives both fun and educational. Coming away from a Lynxwiler talk, one gets the grudging impression that maybe there is a reason to stay in Los Angeles after all and grasp, even celebrate, this crumbling, fiscally snake-bitten town.