I wanted to go to Austin since sixth grade. In sixth grade I watched the movie True Stories and dreamed of visiting Texas to see David Byrne in a cowboy hat, a parade of accordion players, gospel singers, wide open roads, and the "color of white paper". I wanted to celebrate the "special-ness" of Austin. I wanted to see why Austin was so weird. True Stories became my favorite movie and I wanted to go to Austin more than anywhere else.
It is inspiring to be in a city that is filled with creative minds. The young musicians and artists are the essence of cool in their cowboy boots and vintage dresses. The foodies and entrepreneurs are trendy with their beards and fedoras. The coolness is approachable, warm, and humble. The vibe is confident but casual. The air is warm, so everyone is out, and everyone is a potential friend.
Art is ingrained in the city of Austin. The streets are marked with hand painted signs, chalk drawings, graffiti, graphic architecture, and murals. Every detail of the city oozes with good artistic taste- the stainless steel chairs, the wrap around porches, the dog with a red bandana, the unidentified cactus, the neon signs, the wide sidewalks, and the scent of tacos. I felt inspired by the unexpected artistic moments.
A vintage store that felt more like a museum-
A bar that used to be a house-
A "Cathedral of junk" in a guy's back yard-
A mural on the side of a building-
Layers of graffiti on the walls of old foundations-
A candid expression at Art City Austin-
In Austin I soaked up every moment, every detail, every font, tree, traffic light, sculpture, and song. Austin has inspired me to open my eyes wider to the art, design, and people all around me, no matter where I may be.
"I really enjoy forgetting. When I first come to a place, I notice all the little details. I notice the way the sky looks. The color of white paper. The way people walk. Doorknobs. Everything. Then I get used to the place and I don't notice those things anymore. So only by forgetting can I see the place again as it really is."
- True Stories