I was born and raised in a small town just north of Ann Arbor (ten minutes from downtown), but basically Ann Arbor. I thought it would be fun to take you around and show you around my city. So follow along as we explore some of the quintessential Ann Arbor haunts.
I would like to give a HUGE shoutout to my girl Paige Sliney for following me around the city and helping me get some amazing shots. She does amazing photography and videography work mostly for sports, USA Hockey mainly, but please check her website out here!
Always Stop to Smell the Flowers
Graffiti: Art or Vandalism?
Grafitti Alley is an Ann Arbor classic and staple tourist stop. It is a must-see. The art is ever-changing and there are usually other kinds of performers and characters hanging out in the Alley as well.
Some consider graffiti to be vandalism, but I think it is some of the most honest and real forms of self-expression there is. To risk breaking the law, in order to express yourself... I don't know something about it has always just resonated with me. I also know that it is someone's property, so I get that aspect, but every time I go to a city, I go looking for the graffiti.
This was one of my favorite pieces. Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on graffiti and art, I'd love to chat about it.
Come For a Stroll With Me..
Nickel's Arcade is also one of the Ann Arbor staples, I'm not entirely sure why it's called that however because there is no arcade. It's basically just a little enclosed area of local shops, but nevertheless, it is fun to walk through to get the full Ann Arbor experience.
There's always something interesting to see.
It's can't be Michigan unless we mention our five Great Lakes at least once or way more than that, but who's counting! ;)
Care to Catch a Show?
The Michigan Theater is legendary. It's one of those classic theaters that I hope never goes away. They only show three movies at a time, but they also hold film festivals and other events. The inside is breathtakingly stunning and I suggest you all buy a movie ticket if nothing else, but to see the inside. I promise you, it's worth it.
This theater is a nonprofit and they take donations from the public and local businesses in order to keep up with the historic renovations. To learn more about this amazing theater, visit here.