Monday, July 21, 2008

Tucson Murals Project's 50th Posting!

The Tucson Murals Project reaches a milestone today with our 50th mural posting. Thanks to everyone who's contributed and everyone who's bookmarked the Murals Project for frequent updates. Remember, there are supposed to be at least 400 murals in Tucson. And we want to post and map link each and every one!

Contributor Warren V. snapped this pic and says you'll find the mural on "the north side of the Hippie Gypsy store, located at 351 N. 4th Ave."

Update (September 24, 2012): Here are photos of the roll-down window shutters.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Hidden Treasures

"Hi Randy, I'm not sure of the exact street addresses, but these two murals are on opposite sides of the street on 1st Avenue, in the short block between Eight & Ninth Streets (south of Tucson High). cheers, Warren"

Update (September 18, 2012): The top mural is gone. It used to be on the front of 218 S. 1st Avenue. The other mural (shown in two halves) is in good shape.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Horsin' Around at the Saloon

Frequent contributor Warren V. snapped this picture of a giant horse mural. It's located on the side of the Red Garter Saloon at 3143 E Speedway. Warren adds it's "hard not to to spot this one when driving eastbound on Speedway."

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Our First Mural Movie

A walk along the mural at Marion Donaldson 
Elementary School in Tucson. It's located at
2040 W. Omar Drive. Here's the map link.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Sit Down!

At least that's the English version of sientese: sit down.

So, when you find yourself at the Bates Mansion, 283 N. Stone in Tucson, then sit down and take in this awesome mural.

Pics submitted by Warren V.

Update (January 22, 2013): An Arizona Daily Star article by Ernesto Portillo says that the mural was painted by Mexican artist Salvador Corona. We've added a photo of the mural over the north entrance (mentioned by the Star article) in today's post.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

To Catch the Eye...

...paint a mural!
That's what Solar Culture Gallery must have intended at it's downtown Tucson location on
Pic submitted by dedicated contributor Warren V.

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.