Tuesday, May 21, 2019

(Not) Mural Lovers, part 4: tagged and re-tagged

In 2012, two panels of murals were erected along Toole Avenue, along the edge of the parking lot, next to the sidewalk, northwest of the building at 191 East Toole. They've gotten new murals a number of times over these seven years; if you'd like to see them, click on the following link to go to the section Northwest of 191 East Toole; it's part of this blog's page Layers of murals: histories of a few walls.

It was probably in September, 2015, that the murals were repainted for the last time. (You can see the original versions in the last two links in the list above.) Then — probably in the first half of 2018 — a tagger trashed the murals. Most had just a single tag, but one was completely trashed:

The murals stayed tagged for almost a year. But sometime around mid-May of 2019, the murals were cleaned up, the tags mostly erased or painted over. I came back as soon as I could to take photos… but the murals had been tagged again!

I decided to spend a few hours this past Sunday with my favorite free photo editor, GIMP, making copies of the mural with the tags edited out. I didn't get every bit of the damage, but it was satisfying enough!

So here are two photos of each of the ten panels, from left (the northwest end) to right (closest to the building at 191 Toole). The first photo shows the repaired and re-tagged mural on May 17, 2019. Next is my edited version. I'll wrap up with a photo of the fun sign to the right side of the panels. It hasn't been re-tagged (yet).

For some reason, this first panel wasn't re-tagged:

Friday, May 17, 2019

Rock replaces Rock

Back on April 7, 2015, we posted Rock Martinez at 6th & Toole: a video of Rock "CyFi" Martinez painting a mural and a photo of the partly-finished mural. Well, I think it was only partly finished… it stayed there, with no changes (as far as I could tell) until I came back on May 5, 2018, to find:

The left half of the wall had been replaced with a mural featuring Tucson's El Tiradito shrine.

I came back on July 27th and got a much better closeup:

You can see more photos of this busy wall over time on the section called 197 East Toole of the page Layers of murals: histories of a few walls.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Art makers and lovers, please keep us all in touch

A big part of why I do this stuff is that I love helping people find Tucson art. I post photos of murals, and I have a blog about quirky mailboxes, Tucson Mailbox Art. You might be one of 350 followers of @TucsonArt on Twitter, which retweets anouncements of new entries on the murals and mailbox blogs — as well as sending announcements of art evenrs from artists I've met who have mailing lists or Twitter feeds. (Murals blog co-editor David Aber contributes lots of murals and some amazing mailboxes too. Where does he find them??)

If you love art — either to make it or just look at it — I'd be glad to spread the word about things you make or find. Email a photo (larger, with more pixels worth of detail, is better) announcement flier, etc., to or use the "Contact Us" form in the right oolumn of any page. I'll do my best!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Drunken Chicken

From time to time, we'll show a mural or two from Cactus Catz. She has both a blog and an Instagram feed. The photos here are from around the front door of The Drunken Chicken restaurant, on her Instagram post.

Thank you, Mary.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Murals being made, part 49: Lost Barrio Gallery

Back in February, I spotted a mural that seemed to be in progress on the back (west) side of the buildings along the west side of Park Avenue. I snapped some photos, then went looking for someone who could tell me more about the mural. It turned out to be on the Lost Barrio Gallery. I'm hoping to stay in touch with the owner, Gerardo Olmedo, and have more photos soon.

In the meantime, Gerardo sent photos of muralist Chris Andrews painting a mural based on the gallery's logo, which you can see on its sign. The sign is to the right of the door, which is a bright blue. (I took the photo of the sign.)

Let's watch as Chris paints the mural.

Here he is tracing the mural, using an image projected on the door. Gerardo sent this photo on April 13th around 9 pm; I'm guessing that Chris was working that evening.

Gerardo sent this on the 15th. It looked as if Chris might be nearly done, so I decided to stop by the next day.

No, that wasn't all. Later on the 16th, Gerardo sent a photo of Chris painting more.
And, on May 6th, two more from Gerardo. I think this is it!

Thanks much for keeping us all in touch, Gerardo and Chris.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

More Roses & More photos from Chris Andrews

I met with muralist Chris Andrews in February. He's been painting murals in Tucson for quite a while, but this blog didn't have photos of many. Chris gave me copies of quite a few more. I'm aiming to post some of those once a week or so.

He painted murals on all three locations of Roses & More. Now only one location is open. Let's start with it:

5501 East Speedway

This blog's entry, Blooming with murals, shows the building and its sign on August 18, 2010. (You can click there to see it; use your browser's "Back" button to come back.) Here's a photo of the west side from Chris. The photo showed a bit of the roof along the wouth side of the building. The hidden camera data shows that it was taken on June 16, 2003 … though sometimes camera clocks aren't set correctly; Chris suspects that he painted it around 2008):

380 West Grant

This blog has some faded photos taken February 22, 2011 in the entry (More) Roses & More. These two from Chris have a lot more color. The first shows the whole building from the intersection with Oracle; the camera data says that it was taken September 16, 2016, but I wonder if the actual date is a lot earlier? The next shows the west end of the south wall, date unknown:

2510 East Broadway

By the times I snapped photos of this building — the north wall posted May 30, 2009 (I didn't write the photo date) and the west wall snapped on August 28, 2011 — the murals were faded and most of the paint had come off of the roof. This photo from Chris, camera-dated December 3, 2002, shows the north side in bright color:

Here's the first of many thank-yous to Chris for helping to bring back the past.

Monday, May 06, 2019

DeGrazia photo essay shows chapel murals before 2017 fire

On May 3rd, @DeGraziaGallery retweeted a photo essay by Cintia Soto showing places around the outside of the gallery — including lots of photos of the chapel before the May 30, 2017 fire:

(To see the photos, click on the ow.ly/6XRo30c0ZGw, which will take you to the essay on 52perfectdays.com.)

Friday, May 03, 2019

Amy's Donuts

West wall of Amy's Donuts.  The east wall was posted to this blog on Dec. 22, 2017 at More holiday food?!  The west wall was painted sometime after June, 2018.

Photo taken on 01/15/2019.
Painted by Jean Liu

I returned on 04/24/2019 for additional photos.
Main Mural
Take-out Window
What furry animal is this?

Our state now has a donut in the name.
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Friday, April 26, 2019

This dragon IS a character

Back on December 14, 2016, David Aber posted "Dragons of Character" showing two murals at Homer Davis Elementary.

I stopped by on August 21, 2018, and spotted this cowboy dragon.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Hippie Gypsy still truckin'

Let's look back 11 years to this photo by Warren V. in Tucson Murals Project's 50th Posting!:

There's a link from the end of that post to show murals on the closed window shutter… but somehow we never posted photos of the other side of the building. Luckily, the Cactus Catz blog has many more photos in the September 26, 2018 entry: Wordless Wednesday : Hippie Gypsy.

It's an interesting blog with a Tucson flavor. Have a look!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Residence in Barrio Hollywood

Residence at 1022 West Ontario St. as viewed from North Columbia Ave.  Photo taken on Dec. 11, 2018.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Better searching for murals

I've added a new and better way to search for murals. If you're trying to find a mural, look for “Search this blog” near the top right corner of any blog page. You can type a street address, artist name, or whatever.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Monsters and caffeine

The building on 6th Avenue, not far north of 22nd Street, has had wild murals for years. For instance, you can see the same monstrous face back in 2014 in our Tucson Murals Project blog entry …and the south side.

The photo here is from Monday Mural : S. 6th Ave, near 22nd St., Tucson, AZ on the Cactus Catz blog. (Thanks, Mary!) That blog entry starts with a photo of the right end of the mural: a woman sipping coffee. It's quite a mural… click over and have a look!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Artist Michael Schultz and the Open Space Church

Jeff Gardner of Tucson Local Media posted this interesting story about a reformed graffiti artist and a church that includes art in its ministry:

Moving graffiti from the streets to the steeple

Friday, April 12, 2019

Fence Art

I found this very interesting house in South Tucson on Jan. 15, 2019.  The house is at the SW intersection of S. 10th Ave. and W. 25th St.  The north side of the house and fence are seen from W. 25th St.
1540 S. 10th Ave.
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Downtown Mural Project Update

This is Tucson posted an article online March 29th by Andrea Pittenger with news about the latest murals that should grace downtown by June 1st:

Downtown Tucson is getting 4 new murals this spring

Yesterday, the Arizona Daily Star posted a bunch of pictures of the artists at work:

Photos: More Murals for Downtown Tucson

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Railroad car art from Cactus Catz

In February, 2018, Tucson blogger Cactus Catz emailed a link to a post with photos of murals on the side of railroad cars at the Old Pueblo trolley museum. Here's one:

You can see all of them here: Railroad car art.

I hope we'll see more from Cactus Catz this year!

Friday, April 05, 2019


Completed on Dec. 18, 2018 by Karlito Miller Espinosa, aka Mata Ruda, with the assistance of Analaura Villegas and Brisa Tzintzun.

Photographed on Dec. 27, 2018 on the east side of the Rogue Theatre as viewed from N. Herbert Ave.  I took the photo from a parking lot that can be entered from N. 4th Ave.

The woman is holding a pamphlet titled "Pedagogy of the Oppressed".

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Update (April 7, 2019): The December 20, 2018 Arizona Daily Star article A look at some of Tucson's many beautiful murals says:

“A mural titled "Sonora" on the side of the Historic Y building at 300 E. University Blvd. was completed on December 18, 2018. Karlito Miller Espinosa aka Mata Ruda, the artist, teaches an illustration class in the school of art at the University of Arizona. With the help of two of his students, Analaura Villegas and Brisa Tzintzun, he completed the commissioned mural within a week. Espinosa says the mural is a quilt of images that represent some of the different organizations that have offices in the building”

The January 9, 2019 Arizona Daily Wildcat story UA students paint the town with new mural has much more information.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Desert Scene in Barrio Viejo

On May 31, 2009, Jerry Peek posted a mural with the title: Many more murals, no more time...

On Jan. 15, 2019 I photographed a new mural on the same wall:
Desert Scene
Many artists were involved in this project.  Unfortunately, the names are mostly obscured by vegetation.  A fence prevented me from getting a closer look.  I'm guessing the artists were students from a nearby school.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

"Peace Garden"

Photographed on Dec. 27, 2018 at the Children's Peace Garden in the Manuel Herrera Jr. Park.  The balloon's gondola (next to "A" Mtn.) has the initials JRC which may refer to the artist.
"Peace Garden"
Left End
Right End
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