Marfa

S1 E1 | FULL EPISODE

Adam Bork

Tired of New York, conceptual artist Donald Judd established Marfa, Texas as an artistic refuge. Fifty years later, the art scene is very established but hasn't lost its whimsy. This docu-series provides a close up look of this special place.

AIRED: July 13, 2021 | 0:05:09
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[ Birds chirping ]

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Bork: Food Shark is, um --

is a...

It's a, uh...

It's a food truck. That's what you call it.

We have tacos, we have that stuff for people

who just maybe don't want to be that adventurous,

even though it's really not that adventurous worldwide.

But, you know, around West Texas,

it's kind of a different thing, but it's been nearly --

We've been open for nearly eight years.

And people, you know, they come.

They've heard about the Marfalafel --

a combination of Marfa and falafel --

Marfa-lafel, you know.

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Now, maybe a lot of people might start businesses here

and they don't last, and we just -- we just happened

to just work really hard and not --

We weren't --

We didn't try to be in people's faces or anything,

and I'm fine with it.

You know, it's just gonna --

'cause the town itself can't really expand

'cause there's ranches -- there's private land around it.

So you can't build subdivisions and suburbs,

which is great because basically there's an agreement

with all the private landowners to not sell.

And so it basically has to stay within the limits it has.

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Me and the wife started the food truck,

and now she's kind of doing more Future Shark now.

It's been, you know -- We were doing Food Shark together

for like six years plus.

And now she's more doing the cafeteria Future Shark thing,

and I'm doing Food Shark and the grilled cheese,

keeping them going, so it was kind of by necessity.

And this truck was for sale here in town.

It was super inexpensive.

It had been a barbecue truck before,

and my wife had catered.

She wasn't my wife at the time.

It was my girlfriend, Krysta, and she's a culinary genius.

And so I thought,

"Well, you know, why don't we get this truck?"

And I had to kind of talk her into it.

I kind of do all these things as I'm doing the Food Shark

and it kind of -- all kind of ties together.

Like, the people are really happy when they come in

and see all the old televisions, the '50s through '70s,

early '80s TVs playing things and very analog things.

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I must be a little bit eccentric,

especially with all the cars.

I think I own 12...

vintage cars in town right now.

It's just something good for the eyes,

something different to see for people to come in town

and there's food-truck cars, like, all over the place,

and they're like 50 years old and they still run and stuff.

So I don't know. It's just -- It's just --

I've been able to figure out how to fix old cars.

Usually, they're only a few hundred dollars.

You know, some, I've paid over $1,000 or $2,000 for,

but most of them were in the not-that-expensive range.

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It is a small town, but it's not quite a small town

as it as it was, you know, maybe.

It's changed.

It's just there's a lot more people in their 20s

and stuff now and 30s and...

But it's better for business, you know.

it's maybe not as good for, um...

But I'm busy all the time, so I'm fine with it.

You know, it's --

Some people -- It's probably not the best for everyone,

but it's -- it's good for the economy, for sure.

You know, the people come and they spend money everywhere

and the sales taxes and all that stuff, so...

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