It's cliché to speak of the varieties of visual expression as "mark-making," although of course that's ultimately what art is. The term's become just another part of the jargon by now. But marks – marks with an expert pen, crosshatching like you wouldn't believe, precise shading via thousands of dark lines, talented manipulation of ink for days – marks of that high caliber are what distinguished the postering creations and fine art projects of Austin's Micael Priest
. Well, that and
the imagination that forced those marks to brilliantly evoke so much of this weird-ass city's music culture in the Seventies and Eighties and beyond
. And now Priest himself has gone, as they say, beyond – he died on September 11th of this year
– and the city's that much less wonderful because of his passing. But this is the time to celebrate the man's legacy! SouthPop
's hosting a memorial party for Priest at the Armadillo World HQ – with much art and live music and remembrances – and you're invited. Please email any stories you’d like to share at the memorial. Also, "Wear a Hawaiian shirt, if you have one," the organizers suggest, "as Micael often did."