Friday, June 20, 2008

Mr. John Jermien- Also Locally Known As "The Crazy Robertson"

John Jermien (real name John Wesley Jermyn) has been dancing and roller dancing around LA for as long as I can remember. Actually, it's only maybe a 1/2 mile radius surrounding Robertson Blvd. where I've seen him dancing for several years. Did you read me? I said several years. Dancing outside, everyday, for several years. YEARS.

Over the years, he has stayed true to his style. Black spandex leggings and either a black hoodie or no shirt at all. I don't think the weather matters because I have seen him when it's baking hot outside with his black hoodie zipped all the way up, shades and a hat, dancing his heart out to the music coming from his boom box. It is usually hard to see his face because he gets all tucked up in there.


Mr. John Jermien is almost 60 years old and is homeless. In 1989, his drivers license was revoked and he was evicted from his apartment for "zone ordinance restriction". In 1990, he "pursued street life/orientation".


I had always heard that he had been a professional baseball player and that he was a millionaire. Turns out that part of that story was true. He was a professional baseball player. Mr. Jermien grew up in Southern California. Hancock Park to be exact, in which he likes to refer to as a "coastal California town". He was an awesome athlete in high school and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1969. Mr. Jermien then attended Pepperdine Univeristy and played a year of minor-league baseball.


After that the story gets a little hazy because Mr. Jermien says that he was signed and played for the LA Dodgers, while others say that he has suffered from schizophrenia since the late 70's and refuses to take medication. You can decide what you want to believe. I like Mr. Jermiens version of his life better though. It's much more exciting. He says that he was an Olympic champion, musician, artisit, surfer, martial artisit and more.


What I do know to be true is this man has been dancing his ass off for a long time and that people now refer to him as "The Crazy Robertson". There was even a clothing line released in 2007 that has been named "The Crazy Robertson" in his honor. They are selling it at Kitson. Hoodies are going for um...98 bucks. I'm not really sure how I feel about that but he seems to be cool with it and they claim to pay him royalties in which his payment of choice is food, booze and paper for his art projects.

Not such a bad life.




Anonymous said...

and to add to the story< cause i use to live there.
the reason for his location is that his sister owned a antique store on robertson and she would take care of him. her story is gone now, but he remains!

GraffHead said...

John Jermien is a true Los Angeles legend. I remember seeing him roller-skate around the Beverly Hills area when I was still in high school 15 years ago. He loves freedom and he loves to dance.

John is a very big part of The Crazy Robertson clothing line. He has a say in all creative aspects. He also receives a percentage of the profits. There is no other company in the world that has partnered with a homeless person.

Check out some pictures from a Crazy Robertson clothing line party last night at GOA in Hollywood. Also, here is the latest Crazy Robertson line.

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