Friday, December 25, 2020

Bart Simpson pulls down Santa Homer's beard (Merry Christmas!)

When I searched online for merry christmas graffiti, this mural was in all of the first 10 or 20 results: To see the video by itself, here's a YouTube link: There are more photos of the mural on the Graffiti & Street Art blog page titled Merry Xmas by Homer & Bart Simpson!.

I asked Graffiti Life (who painted the mural) where it's located along Brick Lane — so I could give you a tour of the art-lined street on Google Street View. They told me that it's been painted over. (It was painted in 2013, I think.)

Want to see other Christmas murals? Here's a Google Search for christmas street art.

I hope you're having — or had — a peaceful Christmas (and that Santa made it out of your house alive!).

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Endangered mural on Pima Street

As I was looking through the artists in this year's Open Studios Tour (from Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona), I saw a mural in Jenna Tomasello's listing. I wrote to ask where the mural is, since the number on the mural is 5630 but the Tucson Acupuncture Co-op is at 204 East Fort Lowell. She wrote that it was on a former building of theirs on Pima Street, that they were going to have their handyman paint over the lettering but were planning to keep the sunset portion. When I stopped by on December 9th, the whole mural was there, but parts of “ACUPUNCTURE CO-OP” were partly covered by an “AVAILABLE” sign. So I asked Jenna if I could publish her photo from her OST web page. Here it is, followed by the new sign toward the right edge of the lettering:
(Yes, the right wall of the building isn't straight; it's like little stairsteps.)

She signed the mural at the lower right:
Thanks, Jenna, for the mural and for the photo!

Friday, December 18, 2020


Photographed on Sept. 9, 2020.

By Ramjeet Kaur






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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Wildcats Mask Together

The roll-up doors on the stadium have new murals. I saw them as I was driving by on November 14th:
Update (February 18, 2022): On Christmas Day 2021, there were UA football murals here.

Friday, December 11, 2020

"God Bless"

This mural of the Virgin Mary was found Nov. 11 on the south wall of the Beverage Barn.

Artist not known 
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Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Jackie Daytona mural in Tucson, Arizonia

Next to Danny Martin's mural of Ted DeGrazia on the mural-covered building at the corner of Toole Avenue, 6th Avenue, and Alameda Street, Danny painted a new mural:
This is great fun. The character Laszlo (played by Matt Berry), who is actually a vampire, takes on the alias Jackie Daytona. If you don't know the series, you really should read Recap / What We Do In The Shadows Season 2 Episode 6 "On The Run" for the wild details. As that synopsis says, Jackie Daytona is an impressive, hyper-competent bar owner that everyone likes. He says "This is the way we talk in Tucson, Arizonia": (You can see that video fullscreen in What We Do in The Shadows - Jackie Daytona Moments. The Arizonia line is at the time 0:41.)

I stopped by 191 E. Toole for a beer :) on November 4th.

Friday, December 04, 2020

Quincie Douglas Center ten years later

At the corner of Kino Parkway and 36th Street is a recreation complex named for Quincie Bell Douglas:
I found her biography and a photo in The Douglas Archives. She was born in Oklahoma Indian Territory in 1905, moved to Tucson in 1933, and died in 1986. Also:
Quincie Douglas became active in the Model Cities program that brought neighborhood centers, sidewalks, street lights. and neighborhood food programs to the poorer sections of Tucson. Her major accomplishment in Tucson was the Low Income Free Transportation Service (LIFTS) program that is still in operation today.
You can see a LIFTS van in the mural above. The mural is outside the library entrance. This plaque is underneath:
I visited in 2010 when there wasn't as much art. If you'd like to jump back, click on Quincie Douglas Center.

Before I checked out the other art nearby, I looked out back to see if there was any there. I found the sign for the garden:
There are two benches outside the recreation center. The first one is along the walkway between the library and rec center entrance:
Here are closeups, left to right:
(As always, you can click on a photo for a slideshow of larger images.)

The other bench is near the entrance to the recreation center:
Again, from left to right:
There's another mural, dedicated to the Buffalo Soldiers, to the left of the rec center entrance (there were a couple of glare spots):
And the plaque underneath:
I visited on June 3rd.

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Mural on a dead-end street

Toward the south end of the Barrio Viejo, on a broken part of 9th Avenue, is a mural that Jessica Gonzales painted earlier this year:
Thanks to David Aber for finding it and giving me exact directions. (The best way to find it yourself is by clicking on the address at the end of this blog entry to get a Google Map.) I snapped the photo on September 25th.

Friday, November 27, 2020

"Love Is Essential"

 North wall of 'Girls Estate Sales'.  Photographed on Sept. 11, 2020.

By Jen Schrantz, aka "The Aquarian Bee"

Center Section

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Arroyo Chico Community Mural

The Arroyo Chico Community Mural (named "FLOW") was painted by Porter McDonald on a wall on the west side of the Mission Church's parking lot.  The parking lot is enclosed by a chain link fence that is only open during services.  The photos were taken on May 18 and Sept. 13, 2020.

Here is a link to Porter's comments about the mural: Arroyo Chico Stories

Panel that is outside the fence.

Panels inside the fence.

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Many murals at Govinda's

If you haven't been to Govinda's vegetarian buffet, it's delicious food that you might like even if you don't usually eat vegetables. (During the pandemic, they serve you.) Another reason to go is the beautiful grounds: a koi pond, lots of songbirds and a peacock, as well as lots of… you guessed it: murals. I don't think you need to eat to see them — as long as you go at meal times (see the website).

(By the way, I really enjoy Thanksgiving there. It's vegetarian, of course. And the fun part is that they've had a live turkey walking around the grounds.)
I stuffed my face (and took photos) on November 4th.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Vote more

On Monday, David Aber posted a Biden/Harris campaign mural. Today I found a second mural in the same style. If you aren't tired of the election yet, you can click there to see it.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Kind hospital

You'll find Ben's Bells murals all over Tucson. (You can click there to read a Wikipedia article with lots of details.) One of them is near the Emergency Department entrance at Banner-University Medical Center South:
If you look closely around the edges, you'll see that the mural is in a frame.

I was there on September 23rd.

Monday, November 16, 2020


Found Nov. 13, 2020 on the south wall of Yosi's Flower Shop on 4833 S. 12th Avenue.

The Spanish translates to English as "Together With Biden and Harris".  I realize that some of you will like the message and some won't.  If you want to make a comment, please keep it civil.

Artist not known

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Update (November 16, 2020): Jerry Peek found a similar mural today at 4426 S. 6th Avenue that doesn't mention Kamala Harris: 

Artist not known


Friday, November 13, 2020

Loft Cinema (Murals being made, part 57)

Thanks to the Loft Cinema — and board member Tim Fuller, the photographer — for that amazing photo! It's muralist Jessica Gonzales on a hydraulic lift painting a new mural, here:
Those photos are from September 10th. Jessica needed to return the rented lift by Sunday the 13th. I came back that day and found the mural almost done. She'd added more detail in the hands, but the bottom wasn't finished:
I'm not sure if she had the lift long enough to finish the bottom; when I got there, she had driven it to a storage area on the other side of the Loft:
I came back on September 22nd to find the mural signed: