Friday, April 28, 2017

Mountain scene hidden along South Fourth

We've had photos of murals on the front of South Tucson institution Sue's Fish & Chips twice now: February 3, 2010 and November 27, 2014. But neither Mark Fleming nor I went around to the back parking lot to spot the mural on a shipping container behind a mobile home parked next to it:

I did… on October 4, 2016. It must be a nice view from the mobile home's windows! (You can see one of the windows reflected near the left end of the photos above.)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


NYC artist Victor Ving and his photographer girlfriend, Lisa Beggs, are traveling the country painting murals inspired by vintage "Greetings From..."  postcards.  They get help from local artists such as Rock Martinez who painted the letter "C".  The images are: T-Univ. of AZ; U-Saguaro cacti; C-Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead); S-Hotel Congress & John Dillinger; O-San Xavier del Bac & Man in the Maze; N-Sonoran hot dog.  Photographed on Feb. 22, 2017.

On the east side of Miller's Surplus.  Click on the photo for a larger and sharper image.

The Arizona Daily Star article Muralists paint a Tucson postcard, the Tucson News Now story 'Greetings Tour' makes stop in Tucson to paint new mural and the Greetings Tour - Tucson, AZ web page have more information.

There's another “Greetings from Tucson” mural in our October 5, 2013 entry New @ 1st & Arcadia.

Update (August 24, 2017): Here's a March 17th closeup of the bottom right corner:

Update (August 10, 2021): Jerry Peek took closeups of each letter in TUCSON:

Monday, April 24, 2017

Boot Bunkhouse rebooted (groan)

Almost exactly seven years ago, we posted a photo of the full-length mural on Boot Bunkhouse.

Five months ago — December 11, 2016 — Mark Fleming sent photos of the refreshed mural:

The left-hand circle is signed Darah L Sueme 9/2014:

I've driven by there lots of times and never noticed. Thanks from all of us, Mark!

Friday, April 21, 2017

1957 Chevy Bel Air

Mosaics on the wall of New Way Auto Parts.
1957 Chevy Bel Air
Customized 1957 Chevy Bel Air

Photographed on April 07, 2017.
Click on either photo for a slide show of larger and sharper images.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


North wall of an apparently vacant building.

Photographed on April 07, 2017.
As always, click on the photo for a larger and sharper image.

Update (June 30, 2021): The building isn't vacant now. Inside is Tanline Printing. Marcus Robiason painted the mural.

Update (November 30, 2021): Today's post includes what Marcus wrote about his style and how he paints.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Victor's Upholstering

Photographed on March 27, 2017. Click on the photo for a larger and sharper image.
I failed to notice that Jerry Peek had posted a previous version of this mural on 12/01/2009.  He was forced to shoot over a closed gate.  I had the advantage of being inside the fence. Here's the link: Mystery murals

Friday, April 14, 2017

Mini mural Mecca near Mexico City corner

Here's the second of two pages of murals from Mexico. I was in Mexico City for part of last month. (By the way, the official name for all of the Federal District, which includes Mexico City, is now CDMX. It's like the way we North Americans call the City of Washington “D.C.”)

Anyway, head south from the Pino Suarez Metro station. (This is a 15-miute walk south of the Zócalo, but it may be quicker to hop on the Metro.) From Pino Suarez, head a block west to Calle 20 de noviembre. Then walk south again. Just before you get to Calle Fray Servando Teresa de Mier, you'll find eleven murals on the storefront security barriers. (Of course, you have to go at night or early in the morning, while the stores are closed, to see the barriers.) Early on a weeknight, the area was busy with pedestrians and cars. We felt safe.)

Here they are. I took the photos by streetlight, so there are shadows at some of the tops. The first mural has a pedestrian's shadow underneath the heart… that seemed kind of appropriate to me, so I didn't take another photo. There's a second heart on a barrier that's surrounded by (real) balloons. A couple of other murals have a planter between them.

The acronym CDMX gives me a feel of this vibrant, art-filled city. It's not all as beautiful or as safe as this central area (typically) is. But, if you ride one of the city's Metrobuses, trolley buses, or colectivos (shared-ride vans) — or flag one of the pink-and-white official CDMX taxis — in an area that's not gorgeous and stately, I'd bet you'll see public art, and artful graffiti. (The autopistas — freeways — are lined with it as you enter and exit the city.)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Mural-rich street in Guanajuato, México

In case you haven't gone much past Nogales or Rocky Point into Mexico, the blog entries today and next time will give you a taste of the fantastically well-done murals you'll find. This entry, and the next, are another of our occasional jumps out of Tucson.

We wandered off the “Gringo Trail” (as travelers call it: the main tourist routes), up several side streets, off Plaza Mexíamora until we found narrow Callejon Perros Muertos. I was surprised to see that, even off the main tourist streets, buildings are still painted in many colors, like this:

As I looked along Perros Muertos, I saw a mural or three. OK, we had to walk that direction. :)

This street sign is on the same wall:

Now, the rest of our walk up this short street. First, a worn wall:

A bit farther along are two murals side by side. The closest mural is the iconic Frida Kahlo; the second an amazingly-detailed tiger (as always, you can click on it for a larger view):

Here's the last mural on this short, narrow street. It's big enough that I couldn't get close. So the second photo below shows the mural above the door. The third is a closeup of a sign in the middle of the mural:

What we travelers need, I think, is a blog — or a photo-filled map — for every mural-rich city!

(Though I didn't spot any artistic mailboxes in Guanajuato — like the ones on the Tucson Mailbox Art blog, there was a shiny metal letter drop in the middle of a dark door on this screet: Classic correos in Guanajuato, Mexico.)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Murals being made, part 46a: Tucson's biggest

Muralist Joe Pagac is painting a mural on the south wall of the Epic Rides building on Stone Avenue just north of 6th Street. When finished, the mural will be the largest in Tucson (so far!) at 122 ft. wide and 33 ft. high. He aims to finish the mural before his wedding, April 22nd.

This is the first of two blog entries showing the progress as he paints the mural. The second entry — part 46b — will be online after April 22nd, we hope. (Joe must hope the same!) As you'll see below, at least one schedule challenge came up as he worked.

The first three photos below are by David Aber. They show the beginning of the mural with a reporter from KGUN 9 holding the mock-up.  See the report by Jennifer Martinez.

Jennifer Martinez in front and Joe Pagac in the far background on Mar. 27, 2017.
Status on Mar. 27, 2017
Status on April 3, 2017.

Next, from Jerry Peek:

David had been to the site two or three times by April 3. He mentioned to me (Jerry) that, when he was there a few days before, there didn't seem to be much progress on the mural. When I talked with Joe on my first visit, April 7, he said that he'd been sick the week before.

Though an experienced muralist must have a good idea of when the mural should be finished, this big work must be an amazing challenge. (I think Joe's next-biggest mural is probably the one behind Borderlands Brewing. There are three blog entries; if you follow the links from Joe Pagac finishing Borderlands Brewing mural, you should be able to see it in progress. Or, viewing all eleven entries from April, 2015 might be easier.) Anyway, Joe had a lot to finish here at Epic Rides — in just two weeks!

April 7: The mural, Joe (on the lift), and admirers
Place Joe in the next photo for a good idea of the size of this mural.
The mural at 5 PM on April 7th. (Joe is still working.)
April 8th, noon: Working on the bottom half of the left side
April 9, 9 AM: The top of the left side looks finished
Detail from the right half
The javelina's bicycle near the left edge of the right half
(we'll be following this detail as Joe paints)
We'll have more when Joe finishes — or maybe before.

Update (June 12, 2017): Part 46b, posted today, shows Joe's progress between April 12th and 25th. He seems to be finishing it up, so we're expecting the final photos to be online by the end of June.

Update (July 2, 2017): As I was updating Joe Pagac's Wikipedia page, I notticed that the pronunciation of his name was different than what he's put on his Facebook profile and that it didn't mention much about his mural work. From there, I found a Kickstarter page promoting this mural project. The original sketch shown on the page is a lot less polished than the gorgeous mural he produced, but he drew enough backers to finish the job!