Costumes have become a big part of the art car parade so here are a few more people in costume. The man with the flags keeps them outside his home in the nearby Houston Heights. It seems like I get hazed by those who hate the USA every time I publish a shot of his house.
Coyote Ugly is a chain of bars featuring scantily clad female bartenders who strut around on the solidly constructed bar. They offer body shots where one girl pours tequila into the other’s naval for a customer to drink. The first girl also spits a lime into the customer’s mouth. Some of what went on there was too over the top to show here.
As if Friday night’s insanity wasn’t enough, on Saturday 6th Street was closed off for a street festival and paint covered participants from a color run that morning were wandering around. The bars were open and people were selling beer out of ice filled barrels on the street. [NB, the dizzy rooster girls were asked if it was OK before I started shooting.]
Last night the Winter and Spring Street studios had an open house. There are 90 artist’s studios at Winter Street and about 40 at Spring Street. Both buildings were converted from industrial use. Having a large number of artist’s studios close together creates a critical mass allowing such events. The last two photos are from a week ago at Isabella Court and nearby Diverse Works.
This is mostly about street photography, but I thought I would show this offbeat coastal scene first.
Because it is so close to Christmas many of the Houston art galleries had an open house on Saturday afternoon instead of in the evening as they usually do. The first four images were captured at the Hardy Nance Studios in the warehouse district North of downtown Houston. April Murphy is shown in front of her whimsical pet paintings. Please like her page “AEM Gallery” on facebook. April says her work is all about happiness. Later there was a performance art show at Lawndale Art Center. Amberry Jam produces and performs in burlesque shows. One of her recent productions is Kiki’s Sordid Sideshow. She is usually in character. You can find many images of her in costume on flickr. Our mermaid was cooling off in a tub of water because it was 80F on this warm December afternoon in the South. The lovely kissing booth girl was fun to chat with, but I did not take her up on the kiss, which would be scored. (First four, D800, Nikon 28mm f/1.8, next four Nikon 50mm f/1.4)
Straight from opening day of the 2012 Texas Renaissance Festival here are images of the lovely chainmail (or chain mail) women (or wenches) dancing and otherwise enjoying the festival in portrait and candid shots. It was a pleasant 75 mile drive from my residence to the fair near Plantersville, Texas. I had a chance to speak with several of those pictured here. Notice how many of the girls have tattoos. Please respect my copyright on these all you renfest lovers. if you can’t resist, at least link back to here. The weather was great with a high of about 80 F. With the weekend theme of Octoberfest, you can believe the taverns were full of costumed revelers guzzling beer.