Underrepresented artists living in currently gentrifying areas shouldn't get all the attention, so venture to the more affluent side of the highway for this weekend's West Austin Studio Tour: the first annual occidental offshoot of the wildly popular self-guided tour of artist workshops and galleries, with over 150 open houses displaying everything from metalwork, to photography, to boobs, which actually fall under photography unless you really flatter the artist. Some highlights
John Langmore Photography
Who'll Dig It: Agents of Aquarius; people burnt out on internet smut & looking for something more innocent, yet still naked
What You'll Find: Langmore aimed his lens on Eeyore's Birthday so you can enjoy the scantily clad free-love babes without having to smell their liberated grooming habits.
Where To Learn More: JohnLangmorePhotos.com
Bald Man Mod
Who'll Dig It: Male pattern furniture lovers
What You'll Find: Chad Kelly is known for his bent wood, and instead of hiding his shame he's opening his Bryker Woods home studio to show off the various vacuum presses and molds used to create pieces like the Baltic Birch "Box in a Box" wine cover, sure to impress your Franz.
Where To Learn More: BaldManMod.com
Who'll Dig It: People who are iron like a lion in Zion
What You'll Find: Much like Motley Crue wrote both "Shout at the Devil" and some song that gratuitously name-drops Martin Luther King, MWA produces all kinds of metal, and'll be selling everything from traditional ornamental ironwork to retro-inspired mod furniture, all crafted in their blacksmithing shop with tools dating back to the 1920s.
Where To Learn More: MetalworkAustin.com
Jason Archer's Show Goat Palace
Who'll Dig It: Pop Culture Animals
What You'll Find: The animator behind A Scanner Darkly is now mashing up Marfan artists and Wild West icons, as well as crafting a mixed media chronicle of lingerie-wearing, bunny-eared miscreants who worship a guru named Jesus Cornbread, because metaphorical food for the soul shouldn't get all the attention.
Where To Learn More: TheJasonArcher.com