That’s the saying around Austin. One you will find on tshirts and various other souvenirs in storefronts along 6th street. It’s also found in script in graffiti at Graffiti Park or on signs throughout Downtown. Everywhere you look, you can find the saying, hidden in inconspicuous places and blurted by the live bands.
I never expected Austin to be so green and have so many hills. I never expected Austin to be so metropolis and teeming with the latest and greatest in not only the music industry, but in food, fashion, and art.
I never expected to find one of the greatest times in my life on a street with two polar reputations, Dirty 6 and West 6.
When I first spotted the saying, I admit I was a bit confused. Why would a city want to be weird? The word itself at times can have a negative connotation, thus allowing it to essentially become the motto of the town doesn’t seem like a good idea, but it is probably the best idea I’ve ever heard!
Austin isn’t weird in a Barnum and Bailey circus show sense. That’s not the meaning and message behind the slogan. After spending these past few days in this wonderful city, Keeping Austin Weird to me means experiencing something you may never be able to elsewhere. It’s a reminder to those who live there to push innovation and create the next big thing. And it’s a promise to tourists that this town isn’t like anything you’ve ever seen before.
*These past few posts about my time in Texas for my friend’s bachelorette party weekend we’re all written a week before Hurricane Harvey hit. For this reason and the kindness and generosity I experienced while in Austin, my heart aches for those suffering in all parts of the state. If you can, please donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief here.