Monday, December 29, 2008

Faded Pussy Cats

Faded Mural
Contributed by Davis Dominguez Gallery

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Rialto Theatre backstage door

Outside the Rialto Theatre
Contributed by Davis Dominguez Gallery

The mural is at the southeast corner of the building, 318 E. Congress.

Update (August 2, 2012): Here's a closeup of the sign to the right of the mural. I photographed it on April 4, 2012; the edges are curled and the bottom-right corner is missing. I edited the photo to make the words easier to read. You can click on the sign for a larger view — or, here's an even larger view. It's from muralist Salvador Duran.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

That's Chicago... Again.

Warren V writes,
"The mural has changed on the back of the Chicago Music Store downtown [Tucson] since the May 9th [2008] photo posting. Here is a shot of the new one."

Update (September 30, 2012): The mural has been removed during construction.

Update (November 23, 2012): That's McKenzie Haggerty-Harrison in the mural. Here's more of the story.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Arizona's Artist: Maynard Dixon

A short documentary on the late artist 
Maynard Dixon
hosted by Dr. Mark Sublette, owner of Medicine Man Gallery
in Tucson, AZ and Santa Fe, NM.
To see this video produced by 
hit play below:

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

For the Veterans on Veterans' Day

This patriotic mural is on the wall at 
Miller's Surplus in Tucson at 406 N. 6th Ave.
Remember to honor your military veterans today.
Photo Courtesy of Davis Dominguez Gallery in Tucson.

Update: Five and a half years before this blog entry went online, the mural had been trashed. I found the story from March 28, 2003 in the Tucson Citizen archives: ‘Cowards’ deface military icons on store.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Putting the Art in Art's BBQ

If you've ever doubted good barbecue is an artform,
then this mural should put your artistic tastebuds to rest.
Bon Appetit!
You can find it here on our highlighted map link.
Photo Courtesy of Davis Dominguez Gallery in Tucson
Update (September 2, 2012): The mural is gone, and this building is now the new home of Dinnerware Artspace.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

New Mural Friends

Hello, Fellow Tucson Mural Enthusiasts,
          Just wanted to let you know that Mike Dominguez of the Davis Dominguez Gallery in Tucson (and with the help of Tom Rossi) recently profiled some of the murals from the Tucson Murals Project at a presentation Mike gave at Tohono Chul Park.
In exchange, Mike Dominguez sent me a CD of wonderful Tucson murals to add to the Project.
So, for the next few days and weeks, 
I'll post Mike's contributions.  
I hope you enjoy them.  
I know I will.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Do U Know Who Do Tattoo?

This mural was tattooed on a tattoo business, 
but I simply don't remember where.
If you discover the location,
will you please share?
e-mail me:

Monday, September 22, 2008

In the Shadows of Downtown

This mural, at the corner of N. 6th Avenue & Pennington Street, was painted by Gerald Dawavendewa.

Update (October 5, 2013): The mural has been badly tagged:

Update (July 4, 2016): A new mural by Luis Mena has replaced this one.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Meow Mural with Mutt Motif

Nice doggy.  Nice kitty.  Nice mural.
Photo by Warren V.

Update (May 29, 2023): The new mural, posted on August 18, 2017 has no kitty, just three dogs. Today Jerry Peek has updated that 2017 post with photos from 2023 showing a slightly later version of the mural above: the background has been painted in. There's more of the story of the mural too.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Drive-by Dinosaurs

It's close to the road so be careful.   
You wouldn't want "Jurassic" to get run over!
Find this prehistoric mural on the northeast corner

Update (May 5, 2019): The artist was Chris Andrews.

Chris sent the following close-up. It shows the left side of the second photo above:

There are more photos on this blog's January 27, 2012 entry, Gemstone Mineral Interiors.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Move The Garbage, See A Mural

Ya gotta cool mural!  
Move the trash so people can see it!
When the trash is moved from this location 
on the corner of E. Toole Ave. & N. 7th Ave.
maybe someone will e-mail me a new pic:

Monday, August 25, 2008

A Musically Mural Interlude

Tucson: Music & Murals
Produced by Randy Garsee
Some of Tucson's murals set to music solely for your viewing pleasure.  
(Yes, I have too much time on my hands.)
For more videos, visit my YouTube channel.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Unknown Location

Anybody seen this one?
I took this pic some time ago and now I can't remember where it was.
But I know this: it's in Tucson, uh, somewhere.

(Update from Jerry -- March 11, 2010: Thanks to the anonymous comment below, and my stop by that corner today, I can see that this mural is a previous version of Uncle Bob's wall on Glenn. Here's the 2010 version. Thank you, Anonymous!)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Art Lovers Can Land on This Runway

This mural was the very first mural posted on the Tucson Murals Project two years ago. We're re-posting because we have some updated photos from Warren V. Enjoy.

Runway Bar & Grill
Artist: Raul Hernandez
Details: Tucsonan Raul Hernandez, painted this mural. Images of the interior are painted on the exterior. The business is located near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on the corner of Alvernon and 31st Street in Tucson. The mural is painted on one long wall facing Alvernon. Look closely and you'll see a C-130 cargo aircraft and fighter jets.

Update (August 30, 2011): The mural is gone, painted over with a dull red-brown. (Too bad... partly because this was just about the last interesting bit on this stretch of Alvernon except Luke's Italian Beef.)

Monday, August 04, 2008

%#&@! No Parking!

"Hi Randy,
This mural is located behind Good Natured Futons, 400 N. 4th Avenue. I'm not sure what the letters on the mural say, but the face seems to say:
'No Parking!'
Warren V."

Monday, July 28, 2008

A Beacon of Murals

"Hi Randy,
Beacon's Value Village Thrift will throw you a curve when looking for great murals. In addition to a number of great murals on the side of the building, they also have some very cool murals going around the columns in the front walkway. The expanded 4th Ave trolley will pass in front of this once they finish construction of the the rails going to downtown (in progress). Location is 300 N. 4th Ave.
Warren V.

Update (March 11, 2012): These murals were all painted over months or years ago when Goodwill took over the building.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

From The Big Easy to The Old Pueblo

Artist Cliff Brown:
New to Tucson. Not New to Murals.
Randy Garsee

     Cliff Brown may very well be Tucson's newest muralist. He says he moved from New Orleans to Tucson just over two months ago. Two months!?! And look at the mural he's already working on. Clearly, Mr. Brown never allowed that Louisiana moss to grow under his feet and the Sonoran Desert caliche isn't slowing him down either.
     In our e-mail interview, Brown told me, "I started painting murals when I was in high school in New Jersey. I love doing large pieces of work. While living in Northern Ireland I painted over 300 hundred pieces of art in five years. The best pieces were my murals that were not political murals. The mural here in Tucson is fun. As you can see by the Roadrunner Hostel mural (pictured here) the Arizona night scene is more my style of painting.
     "The Roadrunner mural was my first and now I am working on my third one for the hostel," Brown wrote. "I got the job by just asking if I could paint one mural. We bartered for it."
Brown added he's passed through Tucson many times and decided to stop and stay a while because he was "fascinated with the cactus and the rest, as they say, is history."
     Brown said he's traveled to a few countries, including the aforementioned Northern Ireland and Canada, working as an artist. "I'm as full-time as one can get as an artist. I teach art as well."
     But the muralist is about to run out of room on the Roadrunner and he's already eyeing a bigger project. "I have a few new artist friends here at the Hostel and we are looking into doing a Celtic mural on the Rialto building. If we do, it will be at least 30 feet tall and 20 feet wide. The theme is Celtic and it would consist of four panels celebrating the Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Hugo O'Connor, founder of Tucson."

     If you'd like to see Cliff Brown's work, run on over to the Roadrunner Hostel & Inn. It's located at 346 E. 12th St.

     Meanwhile, here are some other examples of Cliff Brown's work.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Tucson Murals Project's 50th Posting!

The Tucson Murals Project reaches a milestone today with our 50th mural posting. Thanks to everyone who's contributed and everyone who's bookmarked the Murals Project for frequent updates. Remember, there are supposed to be at least 400 murals in Tucson. And we want to post and map link each and every one!

Contributor Warren V. snapped this pic and says you'll find the mural on "the north side of the Hippie Gypsy store, located at 351 N. 4th Ave."

Update (September 24, 2012): Here are photos of the roll-down window shutters.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Hidden Treasures

"Hi Randy, I'm not sure of the exact street addresses, but these two murals are on opposite sides of the street on 1st Avenue, in the short block between Eight & Ninth Streets (south of Tucson High). cheers, Warren"

Update (September 18, 2012): The top mural is gone. It used to be on the front of 218 S. 1st Avenue. The other mural (shown in two halves) is in good shape.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Horsin' Around at the Saloon

Frequent contributor Warren V. snapped this picture of a giant horse mural. It's located on the side of the Red Garter Saloon at 3143 E Speedway. Warren adds it's "hard not to to spot this one when driving eastbound on Speedway."

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Our First Mural Movie

A walk along the mural at Marion Donaldson 
Elementary School in Tucson. It's located at
2040 W. Omar Drive. Here's the map link.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Sit Down!

At least that's the English version of sientese: sit down.

So, when you find yourself at the Bates Mansion, 283 N. Stone in Tucson, then sit down and take in this awesome mural.

Pics submitted by Warren V.

Update (January 22, 2013): An Arizona Daily Star article by Ernesto Portillo says that the mural was painted by Mexican artist Salvador Corona. We've added a photo of the mural over the north entrance (mentioned by the Star article) in today's post.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

To Catch the Eye...

...paint a mural!
That's what Solar Culture Gallery must have intended at it's downtown Tucson location on
Pic submitted by dedicated contributor Warren V.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

A Nod to Bisbee, Arizona

Yes, I know, I know. It's the Tucson Murals Project. I just wanted to show a little love (and artistic appreciation) for Bisbee. The number of murals in Bisbee is unknown to me, but I couldn't help but take a few snaps of this one on the side of the Jonquil Motel. It's a mural based on a poem. Read the artist's signature below for more information.

Monday, June 02, 2008

A Little Fruity?

"Hi Randy,
This mural is from the side of a business at the
Not sure who the artist is.

Warren V."

Update (September 17, 2012): The mural is gone.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Dunbar/Spring Monster Mural

Actually, folks, it's not a mural of monsters... it's a very large mural. Artist Susan Kay Johnson (who also founded Tucson's All Souls Procession, along with many other artistic feats) painted this ginormous mural along an entire block on 9th Avenue, south of University Blvd., in the Dunbar/Spring Neighborhood. The mural has a procession of scenes; walk along the block (yes, it's at least a block long!) and enjoy it all. My cell phone camera couldn't capture more than small pieces of the whole thing. Maybe this is the excuse I need to finally buy a wide-angle lens for my other camera. ;-)

Update (April 18, 2013): I've just posted a photo of a recent addition above the mural.

Update (October 1, 2014): A photo of artist Sue Johnson just as the mural had been painted is in the Tucson Citizen archives on April 20, 2007 at Mural honors neighborhood.

Update (May 14, 2015): The mural has been tagged at the north end.

Sunday, May 18, 2008