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.]
My afternoon on 6th Street continues into evening… As of yesterday this blog has accumulated over 2,000 followers.
These photos were taken on a Friday evening on Austin’s famous 6th street. If you never heard of it, the place is lined with bars offering cheap drinks, live music and hip young patrons. Most of these people were on a a scavenger hunt that was really more of a pub crawl. They were rowdy, crazy, drunk, and a few collected a bit of my hair as part of their treasure. I have a lot of good photos left to post, so stay tuned. Did halloween come early this year?
Galveston has a population of under 50,000. Right now it seems like more than 50,000 Harley Davidson motorcycles are there rolling up and down the streets without mufflers. Bikers are a bit nuts, but the girl bartenders who wait on them in Galveston are even crazier. Some are serving in bikinis or outfits more suitable for a burlesque performance. Their behavior is as outrageous as their outfits with the girls asking for tips to be tucked under the elastic on their hips. On the historic Strand there is a constant drone of Harley V-twin motors as the sound reflects off the buildings on either side of the street. The weather was perfect today with lots of sun, pretty clouds, temperatures in the low 80′s and a nice sea breeze blowing in off the Gulf of Mexico. It is possible that the Lone Star Rally is the largest motorcycling event, even bigger than Sturgis. I hope my viewers will understand why I did not take pictures of the mostly middle aged male riders. It’s just biker madness and Galveston craziness. What can I say?
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.
Girls love to dress up in costume for the Renaissance Festival. Here is a selection of women or wenches in Renaissance period clothing, belly dance costumes, slave girl dress, fantasy outfits, Brazilian Samba costumes, German Octoberfest wear and barbarian armor. All were shot on October 6, 2012, opening day in Plantersville, Texas. The weather was ideal and by the end of the day the light was soft aided by cloud cover. Note that in these 15 images everyone was either performing in public or had been asked if it was OK before I shot. You might also want to look at the Chainmail images from that same day or press the “Chain Mail” menu button at the top of the page to access both this year’s and the 2008 Texas Renaissance Festival images. That set is the most durable one on this site as it gets hits from search engines on a regular basis all year long, not just when the Renfest is open here.
San Antonio, Texas is known as the home of the Alamo. The city also has a lovely river walk and some of the best Mexican style restaurants in the US. These photos are from a 2009 visit, but several of them were recently redone.
These were shot at the Texas Renaissance Festival in Plantersville, Texas during the fall of 2008. One business there rents chain mail slave girl costumes to the fair attendees. They participate in a parade around the fair grounds and later some of the girls will dance on the second floor of the chain mail store. As you can see, some of the women are bold enough to bare it and are wearing a thong along with a chain mail bra. I suppose the ensemble qualifies as a chain mail bikini.
Houston Photographers Traci Matlock and Ashley MacLean appear in the group shot. Notice the tattoos on several of the participants.
Traci Matlock, the redhead, and Ashley MacLean (blond) are accomplished photographers and models. Their work celebrates female sexuality and youth. Traci has been written up several times. One article was entitled “Famous Flickerites” featured these two girls. In 2008, when these pictures were taken at the Texas Renaissance Festival, the two women had an artistic collaboration which has since dissolved. Traci remained in Houston, but Ashley has moved to New England. In this setting individuals who attend the fair are able to rent chain mail costumes so they can portray a slave girl for a day. If they can participate in a parade around the fairgrounds and later those who desire can dance on the balcony of the building where the chain mail is sold. Some of the dancers wear thongs which are pictured in another entry.
I took these the week after I bought my Nikon D300 using a 16-85 Nikon Zoom lens. Although it performed well in terms of sharpness, I never completely warmed up to it due to the small aperture and poor bokeh at many focal lengths.
This is just a variety of shots of interesting people who crossed my path in Austin, Texas on a few hot late August days. Sunset Dive and Cazadores were taken from a balcony at the Oasis, a popular Mexican restaurant on the shore of Lake Travis. Cazadores is an excellent Tequila. There was a draught that summer and the lake was about 60 feet below it’s norman level. The two runners were shot on the side of Town Lake across the bridges from downtown. Town Lake is a great spot to get candid street shots of girls running. The girl with T-Rex tattoos was captured outside one of Austin’s many Mexican restaurants. It took a considerable amount of begging to get her to pose. The final 3 images were shot on or near Sixth Street. This area of Austin is famous for it’s many bars with cheap drinks, and live music. It is the closest thing to Burbon street anyone will ever find in Texas.