When Dylan Boyle put his feet up to sneak a nap during his lunch break at Raygun LLC, he fell asleep a screen printer at the popular clothing store, a journalist by trade and musician by night.
When he woke up, he was a local Internet sensation in the making.
Boyle, 25, along with his employer, has received a lot of press and a lot of laughs recently after a co-worker snapped a photo of Boyle during his nap and then Photoshopped the sleeping worker into a host of photo environments, including a taco shell, outer space and with Fred Hoiberg in the Iowa State University coach's hospital bed. The photo display on the Raygun Facebook page under #dillynaps has gone viral.
For the record, the Hoiberg photo was Boyle's idea, and after weeks of #dillynaps memes, he promised he's not yet sick of the fun. In fact, he's taking his newfound fame in stride.
"I think it's funny and fascinating that people are interested in it," Boyle said. "The way I look at it is if it makes people laugh, it has to be a good thing."
Boyle is nothing if not laid back, but there's a lot more behind the man than the one you see snoozing in memes across social media.
Boyle grew up in Burlington. He's an Iowa State University graduate with a degree in journalism and a former Business Record intern. He traveled around the country with a band for six weeks after he was out of college.
"That experience ruined me for 'real-person jobs,' " Boyle said. "I don't like working in an office. I like to be out experiencing and learning new things."
His next memorable job was at Smiles & Gyros in Ames. Although dealing with a late-night college crowd might not be ideal for some, Boyle said if he could, he would work there forever.
"It's a hard job, but it's the greatest thing you'll ever do," he said. "The owner has created a great work culture of empowering the people who work there. It was made so we were treated very respectfully and could make it a fast experience for customers."
Music is perhaps a larger part of Boyle's life, one he loves sharing with others. He played in his high school's jazz band on both guitar and saxophone. He also was in a few bands through high school and college, and is now in a couple of bands: Peace, Love, and Stuff -- which plays a mix of vintage rock, rockabilly and blues -- and Electric Jury, whose sound Boyle describes as progressive rock. He said he also enjoys playing solo.
"I've always just enjoyed playing live music," Boyle said. "I try to be more of a lead player and I like to improvise a lot, and the best way to do that is playing live with people so you're able to feel the crowd and everything else is going on."
There's a good chance if you enjoy the Des Moines music scene, you've seen Boyle. He plays mostly at the Gas Lamp, picking up other gigs from time to time. If you attended the Business Record's Forty Under 40 Cinco de Mayo party, that was Boyle providing live music.
Bands you'll find on his iPod include King Crimson, Captain Beefheart, Tool, Bo Ramsey, and older country including Hank Williams and Buck Owens.
"I think music keeps me sane. I I have to do it because it's just something that makes sense to me," Boyle said. "Some people want to get off work, go home and play games or watch movies, but I'd rather sit and play scales."
When he's not playing a show or strumming notes on his guitar, he's at Raygun, a job he's been at for nearly a year. Raygun is a good fit for him, he said, because there's a "good, sarcastic humor" to the culture there, which fits with his personality.
"I plan to stay there for a while, I think, and play more music and work on some recording of my own," Boyle said.
In between sets and #dillynaps, Boyle will continue looking for success, which, by his definition, is whatever makes you happy.
"Life is just a ride," Boyle said, "but you have to be proud of what you do."