Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Tribute to Randy Clamons

Randy Clamons passed away on June 4, 2019.  He was the de facto leader of the local band "Top Dead Center".  The mural is by Sean John Cannon.  It was found at "The Hut", 305 N. 4th Ave.  The reference on the mural to the "Mike & Randy's 420 Show" is slang for smoking marijuana at 4:20 p.m. and also refers to marijuana celebrations that take place annually on April 20.

Photographed on April 14, 2020.

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Update from Jerry: David and I were both prowling 4th Avenue at the start of April, taking advantage of the eerily empty street during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you've been to The Hut, you know that in front they have a tall moai sculpture of former miniature-golf fame. Right around the start of April, someone wrapped a mask around its face. I couldn't resist adding a photo here that I took on April 12th:

Friday, April 24, 2020

Bronx Wash VI

The Bronx Wash runs along E. Linden St. just west of N. 4th Ave. The Wash contains many murals sponsored by the Northwest Neighborhood Assn.  Additional murals are added periodically.  The first murals were painted in 2011 and there have been 4 additions since.  Here are the links to the 5 previous entries:(1)Beautiful Bronx Wash, (2) Bronx Wash mural revisited part 1 of 3, (3) Murals being made, part 42: Bronx Wash addition, (4) Bronx Wash mural (complete) part 3 of 3, (5) Bronx Wash re-re(-re?) visited.

The first mural below appeared in an earlier entry as unfinished.  The other five are all new.
Photographed on Jan. 7, 2020
By Teresa Altamirano

"el hombres de maiz"(the men of corn) refers to the Mayan dependence on corn.

"Sugar Hill" is a reference to a previous name for the neighborhood.

Likely meaning is "Professional And Career Development"

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Arizona Sun

Photographed on Jan. 12, 2020.
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I'm guessing that the Arizona Flag was the inspiration for this mural.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Sky Bar's 4th Avenue side

Last time, we saw the mural along the Sky Bar parking lot. Around the corner, along 4th Avenue, is a mural that shows what you'll see inside Sky Bar (once the COVID-19 pandemic has settled down, that is):

But wait. What's that near the top right corner?

Pigeons. They're everywhere… even outer space! You just can't stop 'em.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Closeups of Cyfi's Sky Bar mural

A year and a half ago, we published a photo of the Rock Cyfi Martinez’ twilight mural on the north wall of Sky Bar. On April 3, when I came back to photograph the mural on the west wall, I took a closer look at Cyfi’s mural:

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Next, a few closeups…

I noticed that the mural has changed around her left hand. Here's a closeup from David Aber's 2018 photo:

It looks like the car charger has been replaced. (The brick circles match the circles in the rest of the mural. Nice, eh?)

Here's a fun tiny section of the mural:

And his signature at the top right:

Friday, April 10, 2020


Mural behind the Pueblo Hotel and Apartments on South 6th Ave.(it's the building with the Diving Lady sign).  The mural is seen from South Arizona Ave.
Photographed Oct. 23, 2019
By Danny Martin
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Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Mural alley in Nogales

Three blocks from the pedestrian exit of the main border crossing to Nogales, Sonora, is Callejón Morelos, an alley lined with curio shops and a few other businesses. From Campillo, the first east-west street beyond the plaza south of that exit (see the map below), this is the view:

Here are photos of the murals that line the alley, along the left (east) edge in the photo above, then returning along the right (west) edge:

(I was there really early. Someone was asleep in that nook. I blurred their face.)

The murals are painted on the doors to each of the shops. Come early to see them before the shops open.

Google Maps doesn't list Callejón Morelos. Here's a map with a red pin in the alley:

I walked through on February 19th.

Monday, April 06, 2020

Social-distancing mural hunt from #ThisIsTucson

The Arizona Daily Star's online edition #ThisIsTucson has posted another of their articles with photos of a lot of murals. They've re-cast this one as a scavenger hunt that you can do from your bike or even (in most cases) from your car:

21 Tucson murals to turn into a social-distancing scavenger hunt

With so little traffic these days, you might even be able to stop your car for a photo out the window… happy trails!

Friday, April 03, 2020


Photographed on Jan. 12, 2020.
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