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Headbanging Sign Spinner Has the World's Best Job

Published On 01/30/2017 Published On 01/30/2017
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Some people are simply born for a part. No one else could have been the Salt Bae. No one but David Bowie could have been Aladdin Sane. And this guy has clearly found his calling. 

The "Sign Slayer," aka Michael Hildreth, is a sign spinner for a Papa Murphy's in Arlington, Texas. But more than just spinning signs, the man headbangs, dances, and air guitars on his sign, raising the art of sign spinning to something that belongs in Carnegie Hall or at least wouldn't be weird on the N-train platform just outside Carnegie Hall.

How does one achieve cult celebrity status like the Sign Slayer? "I kept showing up late for work over the course of a month, month and a half or something," Hildreth told CBS Dallas-Fort Worth, "and my boss got a little irritated with me. He sent me outside as a punishment." Now, he's been listening to metal and headbanging with a sign in his hand for two years.

It's not a bad gig, getting paid to listen to music and get some fresh air.

Somehow, his antics have increased their business by 40 percent, according to the Sign Slayer. Clearly, this is the economic stimulus the nation needs. The world needs a headbanging air guitarist with a sign in front of every business.

It's a commitment to do this day in and day out, but Hildreth says Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, and Cannibal Corpse provide the daily inspiration on his ear buds. 

Hildreth has garnered fans from all over the world, one way or another. He has almost four thousand fans on his South Arlington Sign Slayer Facebook page. Though his fame is at its peak locally, where he's a well-known fixture for anyone driving down the 287. He hasn't announced any plans for a world tour at this point. 

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Dustin Nelson is a News Writer with Thrillist. He holds a Guinness World Record but has never met the fingernail lady. He’s written for Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, The Rumpus, and other digital wonderlands. Follow him @dlukenelson.

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