A couple weeks ago, Joe Rogan announced that he’s moving from Los Angeles to Texas. On his podcast, he said he’s ready to leave California for Texas because he “just wants to go somewhere with a little more freedom.” Rogan elaborates with an enthusiastic “I’m outta here”, explaining “I want to go somewhere in the center of the country, somewhere it’s easier to travel to both places, and somewhere where you have a little bit more freedom.”
Rogan’s move to Texas is one that’s sure to irk Texans. It’s impossible to stop at a Buc-Cees anywhere in the Lone Star State without seeing a “Don’t California My Texas” shirt or bumper sticker. That Texas-bred tribalism comes as more and more move to the state, adding to congestion and rising cost-of-living woes. An estimated 86,000 Californians moved to Texas in 2018 alone, mostly for its lower cost of living, no state income tax, and cheaper housing. That number is sure to be even higher in 2020 thanks to numerous companies moving to work-from-home, resulting in many questioning if life in the Golden State is worth the cost.
Many questioned whether Rogan would actually go through with it, but it seems like he’s putting his money where his mouth is about the move.
On Saturday, Rogan shared a picture on Instagram of his new studio in the Austin area. The build out seems to correlate with the scheduled start of his $100+ million Spotify dealfor the Joe Rogan Experience.
It looks like Rogan will be abandoning the familiar red brick with an American flag backdrop in lieu of a trippy sci-fi tube that looks like the inside of the International Space Station (…or perhaps a sensory deprivation tank?).
Some joke that the set looks inspired by the iconic artwork for Tool albums, especially the psychedelic artwork by Alex Grey for Lateralus.
Can’t wait to see how many saunas this studio is going to have, along with a savage gym buildout and barbecue area for his elk steaks. Have to imagine it’s going to take an entire aircraft hanger to build out Rogan’s Texas fantasy factory.