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Will Armstrong

Will Armstrong borrows the name of his business, the Tin Can Tourist from the nickname given to the first RV travelers in the 40's and 50's. Shiny silver travel trailers attached to the bumpers of cars revolutionized the American tourism industry.

For over a decade, Will Armstrong has spent more than twenty weekends a year on the road — racking up 300,000 plus miles on his vertebrae and on a rotating cast of trusted (though admittedly abused) vehicles, most recently with an airstream trailer. The road holds countless stories and in his work, you will find them. You will find stories of out of the way barbeque shops, cheap motels and barrels of gas paid on questionable credit. You will find tales of out of the way roadside dives and the musicians that crawl in and out of them. 

The Tin Can Tourist is the soundtrack of the road; songs and artists are embedded on the towns they made famous. Bob Wills, Johnny Cash and Muddy Waters are as much an influence as Frank Miller, Hatch Show Print and Banksy. The lines of the road have become indistinguishable from the lines of the pen; just as the subject is from the location. 

The artist draws with an oil based pen on a collage of antique maps, book pages and antique advertising. 

Will was educated as an illustrator from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he graduated with a BFA in Communications Arts and Design in 1995. He has spent time as a bartender, an art director and a picture-framer. He has hung numerous installations on all kinds of surfaces. 

Will Armstrong has over 10 years of experience as a nationally recognized craft artist. From 2002 to 2011 he and his wife Kim Eubank created a line of enameled copper artwork called the Metal Quilt. The Tin Can Tourist is the culmination of those years of hard work and the stories from the road.

Each original piece is a hand drawn illustration.

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