Austin City Limits may be over, but the legacy of â€œACL Mikeâ€ lives on thanks to Trinity alumna Lindsay Mays (â€˜10.)
Mays entered a contest hosted by Talenthouse.com calling for submissions for a new flag design for the bearded ACL regular.
â€œYear after year he had flown a big red flag that read â€˜Chillinâ€™ the Most!â€™ and needed someone to make him a new flag,â€ Mays said.
Equipped with the Adobe Creative Suite, Mays was able to create an entry for the contest, tapping into her graphic design abilities.
â€œMy motivation to enter the contest? Simple. I didnâ€™t want to pay for ACL tickets,â€ Mays said.
The grand prize for the contest was not only tickets for the entire weekend of ACL but free hotel, travel and merchandise. Â Mays began by finding inspiration for her flag design, stalking â€œACL Mikeâ€ via Facebook and Twitter.
â€œSo I saw a flag with his recognizable face â€“ big Â gnarly beard, black sunglasses and an orange trucker hat that showed up in every picture on Facebook â€“ holding a beer in front of the view of the Austin skyline from Zilker Park, where ACL is held every year,â€ Mays said when describing her vision for the project.
Once the design was complete, she enlisted the help of her friends, family and ACL fans in a campaign to promote her entry on various social networking sites.
Evaluated by a panel of ACL judges based on the criteria of substance, creativity and originality, her hard work paid off. Â Lindsay Mays was awarded the title of â€œPeopleâ€™s Choice,â€ earning her two three-day passes, ACL merchandise, and a print of her design which was used at the festival.
â€œSo naturally when we got to ACL we had to go meet the famous ACL Mike and snap a few photos,â€ Mays said. â€œAll in all it was a fun experience â€“ and I guess ACL was pretty fun too.â€