Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Arizona Palms Tinting Company

Here's a photo from May 1st (at 7:28 AM! :) at 4010 S. 12th #1.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

For Anthony Ramirez

Riding along Aviation Bikeway this past week, I noticed a new mural on the wall along the north side of Eastmoor Park, south of Keswick Circle and east of Bristol Avenue. It's a memorial to Anthony Ramirez, who lived from 08-13-1967 to 10-30-2011 — just a month ago.

Here's a map that shows the mural's location by using the photo's geotagged location; 32.20183,-110.93193.

Monday, November 28, 2011

New on the Architecture Building

Thanks to Eric M Oliveri for letting me know that, a few days ago, "a new iron-cast type of mural was put up on the West face of the UA Architecture Building." It's on the south side of Speedway, at 1040 N. Olive. (As always, you can click on the photo for a larger view.)

Update (March 11, 2012): There's a photo of the related mural on the Art Museum, and more info about both of them, on our March 10th post.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Oasis Fruit Cones on 12th

This is the north wall of Oasis Fruit Cones, 4128 S. 12th Avenue (across 12th from the corner of West District Street). I was there on May 1st before opening time — which, I've read since then, was my mistake! Reviews on Yelp raved about their raspados (at the St. Marys Road location, anyway), and the photo on the Metromix page made me sure that this is a place I'll need to research more thoroughly. :)

Update (April 2, 2013): I just posted a photo of Oasis Fruit Cones on St. Marys.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

C.E. Rose Elementary

I found this mural outside Rose Elementary School on May 1st. The school's address from its website is 710 West Michigan Drive, but I snapped these photos from the entrance near the west end of the south side of campus. The second photo shows artist credits.

Friday, November 25, 2011

More food, anyone? :)

Once you're ready to do some more grocery shopping after Thanksgiving, why not support a store with a mural? This is Save More Market, 4601 S. 12th Avenue (on the southeast corner with Ohio Street).

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving tale of three photographers

Early on Sunday morning, May 1st, I headed out with my camera on another long mural-hunting trip through a part of Tucson I hadn't visited before. As I rode by the intersection of South 11th Avenue and West Ohio Street, I saw the scene below — most in shade and some lit by early-morning sun.

The wraparound mural looked like a roll of film. "A photographer's studio," I thought — or maybe an old movie theater? There was no business sign, and it was much too early to hunt around on foot. So I snapped that rough photo, jotted down the address (which I thought was probably 4576 S. 11th Avenue), and made a note to check into it.

Fast-forward to yesterday, November 23. I searched Google Maps for that address, and it placed the location pin on the same northwest corner. It also said that the business there is Martinez Photography. When I tried calling the phone number in Google's listing (and in several other listings for Martinez Photography), it was... disconnected.

So I tried searching Google for Martinez Photography Tucson and found some gorgeous photos at PabloMartinezPhotography.com. "Found him!," I thought. But when I called, Pablo Martinez told me that the building wasn't his.

I'll plan to go back to that corner to find out more — and, I hope, to get a better photo of the mural. In the meantime, please enjoy Pablo's website... and have a happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Flower Stop

This photo is of Flower Stop, 4941 S. 12th Avenue (at the northeast corner of Nevada Street).

This was the first mural I found on an early-morning bike ride May 1st — which, just by coincidence, is also May Day. Wikipedia has a story of May Day in parts of the USA, where flowers are left in a "ring-and-run" on peoples' doorsteps. (The article also has lots of other May Day traditions around the world.)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Garden District on Columbus Blvd.

This sunny mural stretches along the west side of Columbus Boulevard, north of the corner at Lester; the home's address is 4249 E. Lester Street.

I took the photo on April 30th, 2011.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Maybe a mural, part 25

Do intricate pre-cut tiles in a wall count as a "mural"? Whether they do or not, the artist put a lot of work into this tree outside the home at 1007 E. Alta Vista Street (just east of Park):

There are lots of examples like this on Tucson walls, and we probably won't show all of them here. But I thought this was an especially nice example. I snapped the picture on February 22nd, 2011.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Corner with charm

Three murals dress up the street corner on the wall around the home at 268 E. Delano (the corner with Fontana).

Here's the north side:

The southeast side:

Last, the east side:

I found them on February 22nd.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Bermuda Gardens Trailer Park

On February 22, I found this mural on the southwest corner of the wall around Bermuda Gardens Trailer Park, 826 West Prince (east of Fairview).

Friday, November 18, 2011

Miracle Manor Neighborhood

The Miracle Manor neighborhood mural is at 2520 N. 15th Avenue (north of Grant) on the north side of S&K Market. It's signed (c)2010 Michael B. Schwartz.

Here's a Tucson Citizen article (April 29, 2010) about the mural: Great Community Mural Project Completed in Miracle Manor Neighborhood.

Update (September 29, 2014): I just found a website about the mural: MiracleManorNeighborhoodMural.blogspot.com.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanks from the neighbors...

...at least, I'd guess that's what the owners of 813 W. Jacinto hear about this mural that dresses up their home.

The neighborhood is easy to find between Grant and Glenn east of I-10. I took the photo on February 22nd.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

(More) Roses & More

Certain Tucson organizations really support murals (and muralists) — for instance, schools & pre-schools; body piercing and tattoo places — almost any business in the City of South Tucson — as well as chains like Mariscos Chihuahua and Roses & More.

Here are three photos of one of the Roses & More locations: 380 W. Grant (at the corner of Oracle).

The sign out front, at the southwest corner of their lot (the other side is typically be as nice, though I didn't snap it):

The southwest corner of their building (I think the roof used to be part of the mural... does anyone remember what the image was... maybe the sky? By the way, I took these photos on February 22, 2011):

And a detail from the southeast corner:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sky Smoke Shop shows style

I photographed these graffiti murals on the Sky Smoke Shop location at 247 W. Grant, just east of 11th Avenue, on February 22nd.

Here's the west wall:

Next, the south wall. It's dated Dec. 2010 and has a signature I couldn't read (if you can, or if you know who painted this, please leave a comment below or send me an email!)

The last photo shows the east wall:

Monday, November 14, 2011

5th & 6th

I spotted this mural (signed, I think, Royal Orphans 2011) on February 22nd at an address that's approximately 300 E. 6th Street. It was on south side of the building just east of 5th Avenue, on the cinderblock wall between the driveway to the garage door and the parking lot. Google Maps gives the coordinates 32.227446, -110.966946. (It might be easier to find the mural if you just go to the corner of 5th Avenue & 6th Street, then look around. There's a lot of graffiti art in the area, from showy to subtle. The contemporary art galleries just down 6th Street are well worth a visit too.)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Whatta wash!

Tucson's washes (arroyos, often lined with concrete) are a magnet for muralists — those who have permission (and even encouragement) from the neighborhood, as well as ones who do, well, "unofficial" painting. This wash, just southeast of Speedway & Alvernon, is of the first type. Here's the view from the southern end, along Second Street:

You're probably wondering how to find this extended mural? First, you need to be on Montezuma Avenue — or drive along 2nd Street, east of Alvernon, until you reach Montezuma. Here's a Google Map satellite view of the intersection of 2nd & Montezuma. If you follow the direction of Montezuma, from south to north, as it crosses 2nd, you'll see the wash extending north toward 1st. That's the block with this fun series of murals.

On the left of the first photo (above), a drainage pipe enters the wash. Or is it the entrance to a mine or a cave?

A bit farther north is a fish with a tongue that circles Earth:

And here's the view from the north end — at 1st Avenue — looking south:

Saturday, November 12, 2011

By the door at J. B. Wright

This mural is painted by the southwest entrance (off Columbus Blvd.) at John B Wright Elementary, 4341 Linden Street.

I took the photo on July 6th.

Friday, November 11, 2011

J.B. Wright flag for Veterans Day

Though I'm not sure that the students' flag mural was painted specifically for veterans, I jumped ahead in the archives (to May 29) so I could post it today. This is on the south side of John B Wright Elementary, along Linden, west of Catalina (here's a map).

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mural garden at the Volunteer Center

Here's a look into the Volunteer Center's entrance at 924 N. Alvernon (just north of 3rd Street) and the YVC Community Garden:

A close-up of some of the tile flowers in the garden:

I took the photos on February 20th.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Likely a mural :)

After the previous four "maybe a mural" posts, here's a fifth that probably counts as a mural... a unique garage front at 3143 E. Terra Alta.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Maybe a mural, part 24

Just a bit south of the photo in part 23 of this series is the home at 422 N. Forgeus. This is a close-up (from the street, with a zoom lens) of one of the works on the wall of this home. The lower right corner is signed "Guini".

By the way, we only show scenes that are visible from public streets or in other locations open to the public. If the wall around the home had been a couple of feet higher, I wouldn't have seen the side of the home (and you wouldn't be seeing this photo). There were construction tools on the outer wall by the sidewalk, so it might be higher by this point; if it is, I'll remove this photo after the next time I roll by to check on the mural. (And, by the way, this is far too small to see from a car. If you'd like to see the neighborhood for yourself, you might check the Google Map I linked to above, park somewhere nearby and take a stroll! Rincon Market and the wonderful Seven Cups Teahouse, among other stores, are just a block away at 6th & Tucson...)

Monday, November 07, 2011

Maybe a mural, part 23

I almost never plan the exact route of my bicycle rides; I just know generally where I'm going, and I take whatever side streets I can to stay off the major routes. For some reason, my February 20 route took me past several "maybe" murals in sequence. These are the third in that series:

A number of Tucson homes are similar, but this one was a nice example. This is on the wall of 450 N. Forgeus (on the southeast corner with 6th Street).

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Maybe a mural, part 22

Five blocks farther east from the part 21 post in this series is another similar scene: art on the wall around the home as well as on the home itself. This time, though, the art is painted on the walls.

As with photos before and after, this is from my long bike ride on February 20. The home was at 2548 E. 7th Street.

(In cases like these, by the way: Whether the scene fits everyone's definition of a mural or not, I say "it's art on a wall and a lot of people will probably enjoy seeing it." That's when I stop trying to figure out whether it's a mural and just post it!)

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Maybe a mural, part 21

From time to time, I post a photo of something that might or might not be defined as a mural — depending on who's doing the defining! (The previous post in the series, part 20, was on October 1.)

A row of tiles probably isn't a mural, but that's what's on the low wall around the home at 2010 E. 7th St. It's the horse on the side of the home that caught my eye (and put this into the "maybe" mural category). As always, you can click on the photo for a larger view; use your browser's "Back" button to come back here.

Friday, November 04, 2011

A (Wild)cat walks into a bar...

...and if you were expecting a joke here, you've been spared!

This is the weather-beaten mural on UA Liquors, February 20th. It's at the southeast corner of Park & 6th, and it's signed: (c)1980 Jay Geem (or Geer), 888-6596.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

What the scholars see

I couldn't get close enough to snap a photo of this mural from nearby, so I took this with a zoom lens from across the campus. It's the west side of the mural along 2nd Avenue, at the corner of 6th Street, along the east edge of the campus of Roskruge Bilingual Middle Magnet & Elementary School, on February 20th. (Click for a larger view; use your "Back" button to return here.)

You can see the other side of the wall (facing away from the campus) on the January 12, 2009 post Scholars on Second Avenue.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Faded murals across Arizona Ave. #2

Yesterday's post and this one show two faded murals that face each other across Arizona Avenue, just south of Broadway in downtown Tucson. (Here's a map showing the corner.)

This mural is on the east side of the Avenue, near the top of the wall of the former Hotel Lewis (with a parking lot between). I processed the image a bit (with my favorite free image editor, GIMP) to help you see the mural. I took the photos on February 20.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Faded murals across Arizona Ave. #1

This post and the next one show two faded murals that face each other across Arizona Avenue, just south of Broadway in downtown Tucson. (Here's a map showing the corner.)

This mural is on the west side of the Avenue (actually, an alley). I processed the image a bit (with my favorite free image editor, GIMP) to help you see the mural. I took the photos on February 20.