The graffito of a bald man looking over a wall—his long nose falling over its surface and fingers curled around its edge—is commonly called a Kilroy and usually accompanied by the message Kilroy was here. Its original creator is unknown, though subject to much speculation. One of the oldest known versions goes back to World War I, when Australia, New Zealand, and British forces scrawled the image all over walls, bathroom stalls, and railroad cars, but with the caption Foo was here.
Due to its association with military service, Kilroy was here is often referenced as a point of nostalgia, pride, and camaraderie among veterans as well among some civilians. Eventually, Kilroy was here outgrew its wartime origins and became a popular symbol across the US. Though the use of Kilroy faded after the 1950’s the symbol remains widely recognizable, even if many are unaware of its military roots, and Kilroy graffiti has been spotted in many unusual places all across the globe.
Today, Z’Tejas has decided to unearth Kilroy as their own “Zilroy” during the COVID pandemic as a unified and recognizable symbol of hope, perseverance and community. We want people to know that when they see a Zilroy, Z’Tejas was there, spreading good vibes and the #spiritofZ!
If you keep a watchful eye you will likely find our own Zilroy popping up on social media, our website, on street corners in Austin, on a t-shirt or your next margarita to-go. If you see him, snap a pic and let us know #zilroywashere so that we can continue to spread good news in tough times!
For more information on the original Kilroy and it’s origin across the world, please visit: