So, LAST YEAR Nakatomi founder, Tim Doyle, TIED in the annual Austin Chronicle’s Best of Austin reader’s poll for ‘Best Visual Artist.’ This was completely awesome, and totally unexpected.  This year however- we totally want to win, and we totally want to expect it.  From Doyle-


“When I found out that I had tied last year for the Best of Austin poll, I was completely floored and happy. I’m a big fan of the Austin Chronicle, and while I do read it every week, it never even crossed my mind to ask people to vote for me in the poll! Normally I beg and blog and bluster about things like this, and get people to vote for me to win stuff. I have no shame, I had it surgically removed years ago. I feel much better without it. But this year, I COMPLETELY want to win this thing hands-down in an avalanche of awesome, and then make those ‘BACK-2-BACK CHAMPIONSHIP’ t-shirts that sports teams get once in a while. Because believe you me, art is a sport and I want to win it. I know what you’re thinking- that art is a personal expression of interior thoughts brought to reality through an extension of skill and patience, and every viewpoint is valid, and any attempt to qualify one artist as ‘better’ than another is a silly exercise in acting like personal opinion has any kind of empirical reality.  You know what that sounds like to me? Sounds like LOSER TALK. U.S.A! A.R.T! U.S.A! A.R.T! RRRARGH!”

So, with bit of insanity out of the way- mosey on over to HERE to fill out your ballots!

Looking for other awesome things to vote for?

May we suggest-

Comic Book StoreAUSTIN BOOKS AND COMICS, who carry our prints, and commissioned the Starlite Movie series from us last year!

For Best New StoreSHARK ATTACK– the new poster shop on South Congress that carries a TON of awesome silkscreen prints from us and artists all over Texas!

For Printing/CopiesSixth Street Printing– who does the trimming for EVERY single screenprinter we know of that works in ATX! He’s a super nice dude!

Remember- ONLY VOTE ONCE- no ballot stuffing! Also- you don’t have to be an Austin Resident, but it would be nice if you had visited our fair city!


-alex fugazi