Hippy takes his last trip.
For West Londoners the sight of a not so young, roly poly figure in flowing white robes, embroidered cap and brightly coloured Pashmina wrap was a day to day occurance. Most probably you might have noticed one of his Karma Kars parked at the Turquoise Island end of Westbourne Grove. Hard to miss. Festooned with garish plastic flowers – a merry clash of unsubtle colours on the outside and interiors in retro Indian restaurant style décor – flocked velvet wallpaper, dusty plastic flowers, incense burners.
‘Getting Lost Is all Part of the Journey’, was a Karma Kars mantra and now sadly a reality. Karma’s founder and ‘creative director, stylist and driver too’, Tobias Moss is now on his final journey after dying of a heart attack in Ibiza, his second favourite ‘spiritual home’ Goa, and the next best place to end his days. No doubt after a night partying and having fun.
Rumour has it that his brother is flying a Kab to carry Tobias to his final resting place and an informal memorial ‘goodbye’ will take place in London sometime soon. No doubt in close proximity to Tom’s Café and the Tourquoise Island flower shop.
Tobias we miss you but this is the way you would have chosen to make your earthly exit.
It brought to mind a couple of others who ‘went the way they would have wanted ‘ – The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire who died a few weeks ago was buried to the music of ‘New York, New York’ along with eggs from her favourite chickens. The funeral was open to all who wanted to come, on a first into the small church basis, and a party in the grounds for staff and visitors.
I also love the idea of major L.A. art collector and philanthropist, Marcia Weisman, whose funeral in 1991, was even by L.A. standards brilliantly bizarre.
Bemused mourners were unprepared to see Marcia’s body in its casket covered with white lilies in the middle of one of the main galleries in the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art. She was after all referred to as “Mrs MOCA’ The casket had been placed in front of a forbidding sculpture by Richard Serra, one of the many major works of art donated to the museum by the late patron.
You have to applaud her foresight and also her organizational skills. Nothing left to chance or other people.
It got THE EYE’s thumbs up.