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

Monday, May 12, 2008

Out of This World

Explore an otherworldly mural on the wall of the
University of Arizona's
Phoenix Mars Mission Science Operations Center in Tucson.
Here's an article from the UA about the mural
as it was being painted.
It's located on the corner of 6th Avenue and Drachman. The address is 1415 N. 6th Ave.

Hmm.. Date's not right on pic above. It was actually snapped by my daughter, Isabelle, in March, 2008. (The staring goofball on the sidewalk is me). Crazy Cameras. Funny story though: Isabelle told me about this mural, but didn't know where it was. So we were driving around, looking for murals, and I turned at 6th & Drachman. Bam! Nearly ran right into Mars!

Update (October 1, 2014): Here's an article from the Tucson Citizen archive from December 16, 2006: UA’s Mars mural will be city’s largest.

Update (January 29, 2015): There's a new space mural around the corner.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Taquerias Lupitas

Not Your Father's Grafitti

If you merely glance at the north side of Taquerias Lupitas on Stone Avenue, you may think some really talented grafitti artist attacked the building.

However, on closer inspection, you can see this is a work of art. Its location is unfortunate because there is not easy access to it, but if you park in the lot next door at The Coffee Vein, you can walk over for a closer look.

Update (September 3, 2012): The mural is gone.

Friday, May 02, 2008

El Rio by Tineo

"These pictures were taken at the El Rio Neighborhood Center located at 1390 W Speedway.
Warren V."

And as you'll be able to see from Warren's pictures is the signature of the amazing muralist and artist David Tineo. Tineo suffers from macular degeneration, but his vision of art will always stay with Southern Arizona... and the Tucson Murals Project.

(Update by Jerry Peek: An Arizona Daily Star article on December 3, 2005, Opinion by Ernesto Portillo Jr.: World darkens for muralist says that Tineo painted his first mural in 1975, two years out of high school, here at the El Rio Neighborhood Center. In 2005, at 50 years old, David Tineo was losing his eyesight.

In another article, on January 22, 2006, As the light fades, Tom Beal wrote that Tineo started the El Rio murals in 1974 and restored them in the spring of 2005. He was losing his vision and "found himself losing balance atop the scaffold. He had to abandon the job and give up teaching at Pima Community College."

To find more about David Tineo and his murals, type his name into the search box near the top right corner of this blog.)

Update (January 23, 2012): There are more photos on the post El Rio revisited.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Sunday, April 20, 2008

You Aorta Have Some Coffee

The Coffee Vein

I don't know if an exploding heart is a good way to advertise your coffee shop, but it certainly seems to work for The Coffee Vein. Besides, I'm a bleeding heart for good coffee. You can find this caffeinated hot spot at 1545 Stone Avenue.

The Artist's Signature

Update (June 19, 2016): Look closely at that signature and you'll see CyFi, a.k.a. Rock Martinez. I spotted this while updating our article Rock Martinez in the Tucson Citizen, 2008.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Bookmans: Grant & Campbell

The Bookmans on the southeast corner of Grant & Campbell has an extensive mural covering the east side of the store. The artists' names, Skidd Rockwell and Pete Young, are pictured at the bottom.

Mariscos Mural

This mural comes to the Tucson Murals Project from Warren V. He writes:
"Hi Randy,
I enjoy your Tucson street murals blog and pictures. Here is one for your consideration with a picture I took today that you can use (I did a very slight photoshop removal of some grafitti on one side of it).
The mural is located at the SW corner of 1st and Swan, no idea who the artist is.
Warren V.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Legacy of Cesar Chavez

One not easily found, because it is in an industrial area off Benson Highway, is the PPEP mural that honors Cesar Chavez and also depicts the original 1957 Chevy bus “La Tortuga” (tortoise) that was used when PPEP started in 1967. The artist is Luis Mena.
Submitted by Neil Amstutz

Update (September 9, 2012): Thanks to Google and an article about the PPEP Farmworker Hall of Fame, I (Jerry) found the mural. It's at 802 E. 46th Street.

A"maze"ing Mural

Directly across Ajo from Hollinger Elementary (133 W. Ajo) is this office building with a silhouette of a Native American gathering fruit from the top of a saguaro cactus. There is also a Native American and a bird and the Tohono O’odham “man in the maze”. Artist unknown. Submitted by Neil Amstutz

Update (September 16, 2012): The mural has been painted over in bright green (to match other buildings nearby) and this is now a T-Mobile store.

Monday, March 10, 2008

It's Elementary, My Dear Hollinger.

Submitted by Neil Amstutz:
"At Hollinger Elementary near 6th and Ajo
is this mural that appears weathered by
our desert sun. An Arizona flag appears
with smaller flags of America and Mexico
overlaid on it. There is also a saguaro
cactus, a palm tree and some depictions
of desert creatures. Artist(s) unknown."

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Don't Pooh-Pooh Cartoon Murals

Neil Amstutz submitted the pictures below and wrote:
"At Park Avenue and 30th Street is a
yellow building with Winnie the Pooh
overlooking a dirt lot that may have
been for a day care."
On the block wall on the opposite side of the dirt lot
is a long stretch of popular characters that include
Jiminy Cricket, Oscar the Grouch, Dalmations, Huey,
Dewey and Louie, Cars characters, Tigger, Mickey
Mouse, Pinocchio, Pokemon characters and a few others. The artist's name is written 'by Billy Sanchezs'."

Update (June 11, 2017): Randy had made the intersection (Park Avenue and 30th Street) into a link to a Google map. That link didn't work anymore. So I've put the exact street address in the "Location" line below; If you'd like to see a map, click it.

Also, the most recent Google StreetView, October 2016, shows that the business is named My Little Angels Daycare. That StreetView also shows that the first mural in this blog entry (Winnie the Pooh) was still there. The second mural had been covered with some play equipment and at least one fence.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Holy Mural! It's Painted Over!?!

Neil Amstutz e-mailed this photo and wrote that this mural "used to be on Alvernon south of 29th street on the tattoo parlor. The wall has since been painted white unfortunately. I do not know how long the mural had been there." Amstutz took the photo in May 2007.
Does anyone know the artist? If so, e-mail me:

September 11th Mural: Painted Over

Neil Amstutz wrote about this mural that it
"used to be at Mission and Ajo at Pancho & Angie’s tire shop. Unfortunately, I could not get there any time when the lighting was decent [or] that someone wasn’t parked in front of the mural. It showed the Twin Towers. Also unfortunately, this mural was also painted over this past summer. I think it had been there since early 2002."
If you know the artist's name, please e-mail me:

God is in the Details... & the Mural

This mural is located on "westbound Broadway at Columbus. This mural is still there."
Submitted by Neil Amstutz

If you know the artist's name, please e-mail me:

Update (April 12, 2012): The artist is Cindy Guare.