A wonderful job for TEXAS MONTHLY:
Creative director T. J. Tucker reached out to Brooklyn illustrator Aaron Meshon to work on the sketch, and he hired Mike Johnston, an Austin artist, to paint it. Photography editor Leslie Baldwin contacted the owners of South Congress Books and nailed down the permissions to actually paint the thing (one more item to add to the list: extra insurance!). She then asked one of our favorite local photographers, Jeff Wilson, to shoot it.
Once Meshon finished his image, Johnston projected it on the wall and began his work. With a crew of six, he completed the project in five days, with plenty of folks stopping by to ask questions and snap pictures. There was more discussion of the need for a security guard, but thankfully that wasn’t necessary (at least as of press time). So what do we want you to do? Now that you’ve seen the cover, go see the mural for yourself and take in the city that Hall writes about so thoughtfully. Of course, you’ll want to take a selfie, so share it with us @texasmonthly and use the hashtag #TMnewaustin.