The Countdown


I wasn’t going to get into the election because I don’t want to alienate anyone…but I changed my mind plus these are all the photos I have right now.

Both of these murals were done by local muralist Angel Diaz about voting against Maricopa County’s long-time, attention-grabbing, controversial Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. His opponent is ahead in the polls right now. Do you see the additional hidden message in the top mural? I didn’t notice it when I was there but see it now.


I know tensions are running high on both sides so I won’t say much here. We voted early and dropped our ballots off at an early polling location a couple weeks ago.


The Arizona Democratic Party has a sense of humor


And they really had a taco truck there.


Google’s PSA:


You can probably guess who I’m voting for…


At any rate, it will all be over in a couple days and we can get back to just the normal scary stuff like creepy clowns.



New Paint!

Phoenix Mural
So this is my new favorite mural in town because it’s just so…Phoenix! The murals have changed and increased so much recently that I no longer even try to keep up with them. But I like to show you every now and then how colorful the streets of Phoenix are. This is by Lalo Cota, JB Snyder, Angel Diaz, Pablo Luna, and Colton Brock. Much as I love this above mural, it was painted over another one of my favorite murals (below), by Lalo Cota:


This is on Calle 16, one of the “hotspots” for murals~behind, next to, and close to Barrio Cafe, a great Mexican restaurant, the owner of which was the impetus behind all the murals on Calle 16, Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza.

Here is another wall there (Lalo):

Luchadores Mural

And this was what was on it most recently, more luchadores (partially Lalo):


Another new mural there, by Angel Diaz:

Turt Mural

And previously, on the same wall, also by Angel Diaz:


And another time, same wall:


And another wall (partially Lalo):

Mac Mural

This wall, above, is special, in that in 2011, El Mac (Miles Mac), who is an internationally renowned artist and muralist now, came back to Phoenix, where he got his start, and painted this part of the wall:


Out of respect for him, this part of the wall doesn’t get over-painted although the rest of it changes now and then:



And here’s a bonus one, down the street a little ways:

16th Street Mural

I do hope that first one gets made into t-shirts, postcards, magazine covers, etc. and brings a lot of cashola to the artists. I’ll buy one.


Check Out New Murals…

This is a mural that was done in August at an event called the Great Paint Escape. Several local muralists, many of whom I have blogged about before, participated in the making of this mural: Hugo Medina, Colton Brock, Thomas Breeze Marcus, Angel Diaz, Gennaro Garcia, Isaac Nicholas Caruso, Amanda Adkins, Katie Beltran, JB Snyder, Lauren Lee, Sebastien Millon, and Kyllan Maney. Hugo Medina (curator) and Colton Brock did the hands and Phoenix skyline ahead of time. It represented someone laying on the ground, looking up, and framing the blank canvas of Phoenix with their hands.

On the night of the event, the other artists painted the rest of the mural. While the painting was going on outside, the artists were also painting smaller pieces inside to be sold at a silent auction benefiting Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona on First Friday in September. That is JB Snyder painting above. I was unable to attend the second event so I don’t know if more has been added to the mural; I’ll have to go check it out again soon.

This one (above) was just done a couple weeks ago on a new bar and gastropub “committed to craft beer,” Angels Trumpet Ale House, in downtown Phoenix. It’s a collaboration between Lalo Cota and Thomas Breeze Marcus. I took this photo 2 days ago and saw today on Facebook that it has had additions to it since then. I shot too soon!!!! Someday I’ll give you an update. In fact, you can see it on Breeze’s blog here.

On the back of Por Vida Gallery on Calle 16, by Angel Diaz. It used to look like this.

This mural (above), Painting Smiles, was painted by Lalo Cota, Gennaro Garcia, others of the Calle 16 Foundation, and children of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix last May. It was sponsored by Blue Bunny Ice Cream to give the children the opportunity to participate in creating a mural in the center of the Hispanic community, which reflects their heritage, diversity, culture and love for our community.

A wheat paste by Jetsonorama. It is on Calle 16 on the wall next to this mural. And, I have several more to visit soon. I keep a running list of murals to visit and I never get to the end of the list…that’s a good thing.

p.s. I became aware on my last post, much after the fact, that the first photo, which is actually an animated gif of a hummingbird, was not animating spontaneously on all computers. If you click on it, it will animate, but I think maybe a lot of people did not see the animation 😦