“I have journeyed across many dimensions to see this,” said the form in front of me. It was hard to establish exactly what it was I was looking at as it seemed to blink in and out of existence and its boundaries were hard to discern. One thing was certain, however; this pan-dimensional life form was very pleased to see my self-adhesive vinyl wall sticker.
The inter-galactic traveller flopped down onto the sofa and explained himself. It was rather a confusing tale felt though the skin as much as heard by the ear, a collection of images and emotions painting a kind of thought picture. It transpires that where this fellow originates the race of beings to which he belongs has transcended the physical realm and embarked upon an existence of pure thought. While this has its benefits, cheap accommodation, low meat bills, etc., my new friend explained that many of his kind had grown nostalgic for a time when existence was experienced using more traditional methods like sight and sound.
A direct consequence of this yearning for more animal pleasures combined with the ability to flit between astral planes had led to nomadic voyagers like the chap on my sofa combing the multi-dimensional universe in search of various kinds of beauty to satisfy aspects of their appetites awakened after millennia of arid theoretical being.
Many voyagers plunged into the heart of stars to immerse themselves in the fire of creation and so at once consume and be consumed on a stellar scale while others sought the rarest and most delicate blooms on the farthest flung shores. Some drank deep of the most exquisite elixirs and danced the mad dance of the truly intoxicated, and some contented themselves with DVD boxed sets of ‘Friends’.
My alien guest, however, had chosen this, my living room wall, as his sensual nirvana and I think he was pretty much bang on. I had once had a conventional framed print, a Monet, but had wearied of my sitting room resembling a waiting room and it had reached the point where my teeth would hurt when I looked at it. So closely does one associate French impressionism with dentistry.
In my search for a decorative alternative I had happened upon the wonderful world of self-adhesive vinyl wall stickers, cunningly wrought silhouettes applied directly to the wall surface at a very reasonable price considering the dramatic transformation they can make to a space. I was, I think, justifiably proud of my collection of tree wall stickers creating a very bosky atmosphere in my sitting room. My inter-stellar guest clearly agreed.