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Coachella 2011: Parking lot pimping and American graffiti

April 16, 2011 |  1:47 pm

00coachellacarpaintHow to gauge the most anticipated acts at Coachella based on the multicolored scrawls on car windows (or, scenes from the parking lot, Day 1):

On the minivan pulling into the dust bowl Friday: "I need two tickets. Coachella 2011. Honk if you love The Strokes. Wave if you love music."

On the Volvo: "Honk once for Coachella. Honk twice if you’re horny." Alongside purple peace signs, rainbows and pink love hearts.

Images from the 2011 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

On the Hondo Civic: "Coachella. Indio or bust."

On the Nissan Altima: Writen in psychedelic handprints: "AJ, Sydney, Naseem, and Antony 'Coachella.' "

On the Dodge Stratus:  "Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, Cold War Kids, Best Coast, CSS, Kanye West, Sleigh Bells."

Every other car seemed to have "Carpoolchella."

On the Ford Focus: "Delta Spirit, Cut Copy, Animal Collective, The Black Keys."

On the Honda Element: "Six year Coachella vets."

On a Nissan Xterra: "One Day as a Lion. Caifanes, Brandon Flowers, The Strokes."

And one mildly confused attendee only wrote "Dodgers" on the windshields. Presumably, those were the guys strutting in ahead of me. Highlights of their attire: tank top, black Kobro Kai headband and bright blue sunglasses. His bro-friend wore a fanny pack and a red bandanna. 


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-- Jeff Weiss

Photo: Cars roll into the Coachella grounds Friday. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images