Austin City Limits Music Festival Stages

Bright, graphic and textured treatments of Austin visual landmarks. Color coded for easy recognition, these stage scrims reach up to 40 feet in height and seen by hundreds of thousands of people over ACL Fest’s two weekends.

Created at C3 Presents

Birds Barbershop: Congress

Completed in December of 2012, this new series of mural panels was installed at Birds Barbershop’s flagship South Congress location. Measuring eight feet wide and printed on aluminum, each panel explores the visual similarities between minimalist outer space landscapes and large woodgrain textures (scanned from a series of charcoal rubbings I did in Austin). The expansive nature of the art is meant to serve as a contemplative focal point while patrons lean back in their barber’s chair and space out for 30 minutes or so. A special, limited edition signed/numbered print of select panels was created and is available for purchase at my BigCartel page.

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Birds Barbershop: Hyde Park

Birds’ first location in the UT campus area opened in November 2011. This is their fifth store, and my third mural for Birds. I’ve helped developed and shepherd the Birds aesthetic since the beginning, so obviously the goal with any large project like this is to be true to the brand but also not be repetitive. A lot of different motifs inspired the imagery for this mural, coming out of conversations I had with Birds’ owner. A summary: a little bit sports, a little bit rock’n roll, Philadelphia Freedom, 1976, tube socks, Dr. J. There are three panels, each measuring about two feet high and twenty feet across, and features a mix of intricate illustration work and archival imagery. The finished pieces were printed on long rolls of paper and installed wallpaper-style.

Birds Barbershop: East 6th

Creative execution and installation of this project was completed in February of 2008. When I was asked to create the murals for the third Birds Barbershop, on East 6th Street, I knew that the theme had to be Birds but also pay homage to the rich history of Austin’s east side. I spent long weekends walking the streets and taking photos of different elements that were ultimately introduced into the design. This mural was quite different than Birds Lamar. Rather than having a giant canvas, I had a narrow strip measuring two feet high and up to twenty feet long wrapped around almost the entire shop. The mural was printed on paper rolls and then I collaged different imagery, wheatpaste style.

Photographs by Erin Williamson

Birds Barbershop: South Lamar

While I was working on developing the branding for Birds Barbershop in 2005, I was also asked to create and execute the mural for their space. I had a wall, a blank canvas, measuring 40 feet wide by 10 feet tall. Since this mural was going to be the main introduction to Birds for people, the inspiration for the imagery came right from the Birds brand – a modern, rock’n roll take on the Barbershop. To make this project even more challenging, the final art was screenprinted directly onto the surface. This is not easy. There are a total of 140 screens used, installed over 10 booze-fueled late spring nights with two friends and a lift.