Some Guy Dressed As Kylo Ren To Play Flaming Bagpipes While Riding BB-8

28 December 2015 | 1:05 pm | Staff Writer

The Force moves in mysterious ways

The seventh instalment of the Star Wars cinematic juggernaut, The Force Awakens, has instilled a great many emotions in the newly minted and lifelong fans it has enchanted in the months before and weeks since its release in the lead-up to Christmas.

Some people created parody Twitter accounts; others got tattoos, or created visual art of their own. Memes were born. Grown adults received shelves' worth of action figures — sorry, collectibles — as gifts for Christmas, only this year they didn't have to feel so ashamed about it.

It's been Star Wars frenzy of all shapes and sizes for months, and thankfully that includes the expressive enthusiasm of Portland-based fan, unicyclist and bagpipe player Brian Kidd, aka The Unipiper, who heralded the arrival of Episode VII a couple of weeks back by dressing up like film villain Kylo Ren, hopping on top of a ball made up to look like adorable droid BB-8, and playing some flaming fucking bagpipes, loosely to the tune of The Final Countdown, for obvious reasons.

Thank you, The Unipiper. Thank you so much for this.

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Posted by The Unipiper on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

As it happens, The Unipiper does shit like this all the goddamned time, having previously dressed up in all manner of outfit from classic Victorian to Gandalf and Uncle Sam, even getting into the Christmas spirit this year kitted out like Darth Santa/Vader Claus, just riding his unicycle around Portland playing Christmas carols on highly flammable bagpipes, pretty much embodying the spirit of the 'Keep Portland Weird' mantra enough for the entire city all on his remarkable own.


See more of his work at his Facebook page.