Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Bookstore Southwest

Almost ten years ago, I showed a photo of the mural on Bookstore Southwest Adult Shop as part of the entry Five horses on Speedway. The wraparound murals deserve a closer look:

I stopped by on May 10th.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Butterfly Lady

By Sawaki and Wagon Burner Arts.  Photographed on Aug. 30, 2020.

The first photo below had to be taken at an angle due to the tight space and a chain-link fence.  The second photo is the result of perspective correction and cropping.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

197 East Toole all repainted (Murals being made, part 56)

The mural-covered building at the corner of Toole Avenue, 6th Avenue, and Alameda keeps changing and changing. That's especially true of the east side wall along 6th. (Here's a list of murals on that wall.)

Usually one or two murals are replaced at a time. This past summer, though, every mural was repainted or finished. (The muralists kept the image of Che Guevara from one of the murals and painted a new background around it.) Let's start with the latest murals (I think!) before the mass repainting, from left (January 2020) to right (December 2018):
I never saw the third mural in the first photo, of migrants, finished.

At the end of July, I noticed the murals being repainted. I came back on August 3rd:
Here's the fourth of eight murals at sunrise on August 4th:
Next, a screen grab from the video Desert Delirium - The Surreal Murals of Tucson, AZ, by Rob Allen. He recorded it on August 9th. The mural at the far end is being finished:

On August 15, the blue square had a sort of wildcat (a bit different from the U of A's Wildcat):
September 13th, I came back. The scaffolding was gone. There was a white square near the right end… maybe another mural is coming? Unfortunately, a car was parked in front. But I worked around it and took photos of everything except the white square:
This page from Corazones Unidos at Raices Taller 222 Gallery & Workshop will probably disappear when the exhibition ends: https://www.raicestaller222.com/copy-of-javier-valenzuela. So use the artist names:
Studio ONE Painted during the time of coronavirus, this mural was completed by our good friends, compadres, and comadres down the street at 197 E Toole Ave in Tucson: Studio ONE – A Space for Art and Activism. Participating Artists Paco Velez Anzueto, David Contreras, Chris Miller, Ses One, Crystal Triste, and assisted by Akasia Oberly and Vier Oner

Friday, October 16, 2020

"Safe Shift"

Painted by Sawaki, Sketch71 & James.  Sponsored by Wagon Burner Arts at 2801 E. Grant Rd. and viewed from N. Treat Ave.

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Photographed on Aug. 6, 2020.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Three landscapes in one mural

A high plains landscape, a fantastic dragon, and a coastline, all in this mural. I found it on May 29th.

Friday, October 09, 2020


Found at 'The Kava Bar' and photographed on Aug. 30, 2020.   Kava is a root from the South Pacific that is ground and mixed with water. It makes a muscle-relaxing, antidepressant drink.  Its taste has been compared to a "bitter mud puddle".

Artist Not Known

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Friday, October 02, 2020

Around the corner at MSA Annex

Last time we saw Black Lives Matter murals on the west side of the Mercado San Agustin Annex. Here's a mural from the east end of the north side:
The artist's name is Yu Yu Shiratori. She titled her mural “Stillness.” For further info from the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition, read Stillness.

I was there on July 7th.

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Goodbye Tucson Arts Brigade, TAB murals restored

A year or so ago, I saw a brief message from Executive Director Michael B. Schwartz of the Tucson Arts Brigade. Apparently TAB was shutting down, though I wasn't quite sure. I tried to find news online for a while but found nothing definite. Yesterday, David Aber found this post from Michael dated August 22, 2020:

What ever hapened to Tucson Arts Brigade?

I'm sorry to see TAB go. They did a lot of good.

In January 2016, Michael demanded that I remove all of the photos of TAB murals from this blog. (He later disputed that, but I have the message he sent.) Although I believe he can't control photos of public art that aren't taken for profit (see yesterday's blog entry, Photographing public art: is it allowed?, for some perspective), I did what he asked. Now I've restored the photos. If you'd like to revisit those blog entries, here they are. (After you visit each page, you can click your "back" button to return here.) While I'm at it, here are blog entries about TAB that came later. The photos were never removed from these entries:

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Photographing public art: is it allowed?

David Aber found this really useful article. I can't guarantee that it's legally exactly correct. But it gives lots of examples that make sense. By the way, it's a Microsoft Word file… your browser may or may not be able to open it:


(If you can't open Microsoft Word files and you're using a computer, you might want to get the excellent free package called LibreOffice; download that file and open it in LibreOffice. On a phone — Android, at least — there are a number of apps… if you don't have one, try searching for "Office". Finally, if you trust Google to see your documents, check out Google Docs, which is available on a number of platforms.)

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

BLM murals on MSA Annex (Murals being made, part 55)

Back on June 5th, I heard that Black Lives Matter murals were going to be painted at the Mercado San Agustin Annex that weekend. I got there on Saturday the 6th and found artists working:
I went back on July 7th to snap the finished murals. My first two photos had glare from the sun, so I took them again on September 13th:

(As always, you can click on a photo for a larger view.)
Here's an article from AZ Weekend with more info: Murals with a message: Artists paint downtown in support of Black Lives Matter

Friday, September 25, 2020

A monster and a rose

Empire Tattoo has a mural above the store entrance:

Here's a closeup:

I was there May 10th.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Teatime for the bugs

Sarah Herr emailed this photo on Sunday, September 20. The hidden data in the photo says she took it that morning. “Finding murals has been a good antidote for COVID gym closures,” she wrote.

What a fun mural! Thank you, Sarah.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Friday, September 18, 2020

Roy Metcalfe repaints

February 7, 2014, we published a photo of a faded mural on Roy Metcalfe Automotive. Sometime since then, it was repainted. I spotted it on May 10th while I was photographing the murals on the Chicago Bar next door (which, confusingly, had the same street address):

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

"Rhythms of Nature"

The City of Tucson requires that 1% of the budget of a Capital Improvement Project be set aside for public art.  Thus, the East Broadway Road Improvement Project between Camino Seco and Houghton Rd. has included six public art installations.  They were created by Niki Glen Studios.  Niki calls them "Concrete Sculptures".  I call them murals.  Whether you agree, or not, I think you will find them interesting.

"The Bountiful Desert"

Desert Life



Desert Stream

Not a mural, but interesting nonetheless.

Photographed on July 27 and Aug. 30, 2020.

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Video: KGUN9 interviews Joe Pagac and Ignacio Garcia

KGUN9 TV starts their story Growing mural scene earns Tucson national reputation with a interesting video interview with Tucson muralists Joe Pagac and Ignacio Garcia.

The rest of the article says some things I don't agree with. For instance, it says Tucson has “a dozen artists credited with nearly 60 murals throughout the city.” We easily have more than 100 artists, and this blog has around 1,500 murals (though not all of them still exist). It mentions the City of Tucson's mural map, which shows 25 of those murals… this blog's mural map shows many hundreds.

It's great to spread the word about Tucson murals! I wrote to KGUN9 and suggested they check this blog to find more murals and muralists.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Sahuaro H. S.

Sahuaro High School students painted this one.  I wasn't able to find their names.  Nor was I able to find a title for the mural.  Sahuaro High is located at 545 N. Camino Seco.  The mural can only be seen from E. Vicksburg St. and it was photographed on May 1, 2020.

Complete Mural

Left Half

Right Half
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Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Your * Planet Next!!

David Aber spotted this amazing mural online and let me know. I'd been to Gospel Supplies, the store on Broadway… this mural turned out to be in the alley behind it. I stopped by on May 10th. What an obscure place for a great mural! Here are closeups, left to right:

Again, note that the mural isn't at the front of the address below (Gospel Supplies). It's in the alley behind: