He says his name is Devil Dave.
I stopped Devil Dave in mid dance while I was on the corner of Second and Central. Here was my chance to meet this man who is becoming a fixture in Albuquerque’s street scene. Another Don Schrader? I’m sure they’ve crossed paths.
Devil Dave was eager to share his personality with me.
Turns out he’s a Satanist. I never met a Satanist before. When Devil Dave proudly proclaimed he’s a sympathizer of Beelzebub, I expected a negative personality and a cynical, evil disposition the Devil himself would be proud of.
Actually, Devil Dave is a damn nice guy. He’s articulate, smart and personable and down to earth. I enjoyed our ten minute conversation. For being a devil worshiper, Devil Dave was friendlier than a lot of Christians I know. I’m not sure if there’s a darker past behind Devil Dave, but if there is, he didn’t show it.
Devil Dave is from New York and is “retired” but won’t say what he’s retired from. He carries the stick because there are a lot of “crazies” on Central, he said. I doubt he’s relying on a guardian angel for protection.
His body is tattooed with satanic symbols. There’s an Ouija board on his chest along with “666” and the words “Anti Christ.”
Our conversation ended with Devil Dave shaking my hand and giving me a friendly smile like a neighborhood mailman. He danced off back into Albuquerque’s street life with his stick and headphones. By the looks of things, Devil Dave seems to be in heaven.