WatchxWitness View from top of the roller coaster

WATCHxWITNESS: Texas to New Orleans

A roller coaster of a ride.

13thWitness and Jason Goldwatch spent their Thanksgiving road tripping in the dirty dirty. The result is a special down south episode of WATCHxWITNESS. Here’s Goldwatch to explain it:

“13thWitness and I were invited by the Grand Wizard Dude Bro Bun B to join him in his efforts at his church, where he partnered with Wade Smith to feed turkey dinners to 1,000 families on Thanksgiving Day. The people were varied and gratitude was in the air. We shot the good people cooking, serving and eating, and were completely enveloped in the day of being thankful for what we have, and where we were. Truly blessed and truly based.

Then the next morning, we were off. Bun’s role changed over night from Uncle Bun to the Bun B Trill O.G. He insisted on driving as we meandered through the hoods. From swap meets to record stores and parking lots to wing spots, he showed us Houston like only the people’s mayor could. We ate chicken fried lobster in sweat pants and took in Houston’s finest. We shot everywhere we wanted and the humanoids of Houston had nothing but smiles and open arms, and any time they didn’t, it took a short glance from Bun and we were all back to all good.

With long hugs and replenished supplies we left his warm cultural embrace to head East. With no particular place in mind, we road tripped with exploratory photography as our guide and a rumored, abandoned Six Flags in the still decimated Ninth Ward flood zone of New Orleans in our sights. As we always do, we found it and we threw our fears to the wind. “Explore Everything” is our mantra. We cautiously wanderlusted into what may have been one of my favorite manmade places I’ve ever explored. Climbing rotten roller coasters, avoiding crack head metal scrappers, and stopping every five minutes to pick our jaws up off the ground, 13th and I shared a moment of pure wonderment together, standing below the first drop of the swaying, rusted Batman ride.

And so we saddled the aluminum dragons we rode home. Silently, we clicked through our cameras with rust under our nails and pure astonishment in our hearts, soaring through the dark sky in reflection. Once again, the dusty dude bros were left with a general sense of American wellness. A caring open heart with a fist ready behind its back. A warm slice of humble American Pie with a ice cold scoop of brash vanilla arrogance on a beautiful porcelain plate. Delicious. UGK for life.

Explore everything. Spirit is a muscle.”

Head over to Green Label to peep WATCHxWITNESS South and scroll further to catch some of the flicks those Explore Everything bros were able to capture.

WatchxWitness Jason Goldwatch photograph of an abandoned amusement park

WatchxWitness Jason Goldwatch photo of a desolate amusement park

WatchxWitness Jason Goldwatch Abandoned carousel

WatchxWitness Jason Golwatch View from the top of the coaster

WatchxWitness 13thWitness Writing on the wall in the park

WatchxWitness 13thWitness Water accumulates in the abandoned park

WatchxWitness 13thWitness Abandoned car in abandoned park

WatchxWitness Bun B roadside

WatchxWitness A local raises the roof

WatchxWitness Jason Goldwatch Houston local shows his neck tats

WatchxWitness A green candy painted car

13th Witness poses in front of a Screwed Records mural

WatchxWitness Bun B rocks a WxW jersey

WatchxWitness View from top of the roller coaster

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  • Chris Sempek

    Wow! Goldwatch is a wizard with the words! Nice write up!