behind Central Ave

St. Petersburg is home to a growing number of murals. There are maps online that help you find the murals but if you walk along Central Avenue and explore the streets and alleys close by, you will encounter most of them.

below: There’s a short alley behind the north side of Central Ave that is home to quite a few street art pieces. This is the view westward from 6th St. North (toward 7th St N)

street art and murals painted on walls and buildings in an alley

below: This is the mural at the east end of the alley.  This portrait among the fishes and mermaids was painted by Derek Donnelly

mural of a man with black rimmed glasses painting on the wall, marine scene

part of a mural, a mermaid with long pink hair and a pink fin

part of a mural with fish

below: Colourful mural by kosharekart

a mural by kosharekart

below: Some paper pasteups that have seen better days
paper pasteups, partially peeling

paper paste ups on a wall in a lane

below: Circle patterns in a mural by Megan Kelly

below: Frida Kahlo

a small mural on the side of a garage, portrait of Frida Kahlocar parked in front of a mural

below: Another painting by kosharekart

female figures with very decorated clothing, painted in a mural

close up of a mural showing a woman in a sail boat, with a large bird and its beak beside

below: Another Derek Donnelly fish.  The lower portions were once a brighter orange but it`s faded over time (painted in 2014).

a car is parked in front of a mural of a very large fish painted by Derek Donnelly

mural in an alley by kosharekart

below: Boat on the water

mural in a lane, a woman stands beside a boat on very wavy water

below: Hearts, a bird, and a snail

mural in an alley of a female figure dressed in a red heart covered dress.  There is a large snail on her lap

below: Someone seems to disapprove of Mr. Cactus.

a small sticker of a cactus with a face, stuck on a mural beside a face

below: `Twiggy`by Brad Mize is at the rear of 648 Central Ave.

very large face on white background, mural in an alley

pale purple background, cursive writing of the words life is magical
“Life is Magical When You Look” with a black cat sitting on the moon nose to nose with a dragonfly in a mural by Christy Faris

mural of a black cat sitting on the curve of a new moon, also a dragonfly by the cat

below: Brad Mizes ‘Mr. Sunshine’ is now partially behind a fence.  The sun is a copy of a 1940s design used to promote the city of St. Petersburg.

bright yellow sun on sky blue background, mural, sunshine mural

below: Fish in a birdcage

small sticker on a post, white background, black drawing of a fish in a birdcage

mural around a door that makes it look like it's in India, some white lotus flowers painted beside the door

below: Adios! Let it go

black mural with hands and the word adios in cursive

below: Treat yo self, woof woof, by aurailieus

mural of a black pug dog on blue background

below: Mural for Caskey, a musician, or more specifically, for his song “Thank God I Made it” which was released about the same time that the mural was painted (May 2021).  Artist: skycaptain

skycaptain mural ode to musician caskey

below: Shark mural by Shark Toof, a 2015 SHINE mural, on the east wall of the State Theater building.; It too is a little bit faded.

mural of a grey shark on an orange red wall
a car parked in front of a mural that is the same orangish red that the background of the mural is, a large shark with mouth open and many teeth

below: This the Hindu Goddess, Saraswati, who symbolizing knowledge, learning and wisdom was well as, music, art, and speech. She was painted by Palehorse Design. Follow the link to learn more about the mural.

large 50 foot by 30 foot mural by Palehorse Design of the Hindu goddess saraswati playing a musical instrument called a veena.  She has four arms to represent the four elements of inner life, mind, intellect, ego, and consciousness.

below: “Space Rainbows” by Ricky Watts

view from behind trees in a parking lot, large mural called Space Rainbows covers the side of a building

Space Rainbows mural from the side

Many of these murals are the product of SHINE Mural Festivals. Follow the link for more information about these festivals.

All photos were taken in mid-April, 2022

Yes, YouCanSpray

Miraduoro da Graca, Lisboa

below:  A smiling older man with birds

street art high on a wall, realistic portrait of an old man with leaves and feathers on half his face, with orange birds making a frame for his face and shoulders by oze art

below: A portion of the wall was painted by Diego Tiradentes. Eyeballs

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below: A red and white monkey playing with the sands of time

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below: Blue, blue, my world is blue. Even the happy face mask is blue. Mural on the right by RossellaRZ. On the left is #dogood #begood woman with closed eyes by Osiris Rain.

two murals on a wall, on the left in shades of grey a woman with long curly hair and eyes closed with words #begood #doggod #playhard #workhard.  on right is blue person with blank face holding a mask, also in blue, with a happy face

street art painting of a blue person holding a blue mask on a stick in front of her face.  Mask is a happy face, real face is blank.

 street art mural on a wall of a young man with a leaf painted on his forehead
murals, street art, on an outdoor set of stairs, in the rain, people with umbrellas

below: Rezende

two street art portraits of women

below: Lonely Man by Gustavo Baseggio
mural street art in blues of an older man in a cap, title Lonely Man, painted by Gustavo Baseggio,

below: This colourful mural was painted by Jotapê of the artist collective, Jotapepax

mural street art in bright jewel tones, purple, dark pink, turquoise of a person sitting looking at their hand, also a long arm with fingers

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below: Tiago Hacke

below: Purple skinned couple by Féto and Nate
street art mural, a couple, man and woman, both with purple skin

some murals on a wall in Lisbon, a black cat, and a black and white leopard

below: A leopard by Marcello Mea

street art of a black and white leopard

below: A colourful threesome by Alex Kaleb

colorful mural by Alex Kaleb of three people standing in knee deep water, two with blue hair and one with red hair

A mural in Lisbon of a young man or woman with longish black hair, with word GO written on one cheek, blank white eyes, bluish colour to his skin

on a wall, a painting of a green and purple face, purple hair and ear, green hand, on polka dot background

part of a Lisboa mural of a greenish yellow skinned man wearing light purple top, reaching out hand holding two ice cream cones, wide open startled mouth and long nose, signed waroox

part of a mural, heavy set man with small mustache, wearing a diving, or skiing mask, open mouth,

mural at the bottom of a set of stairs, pink city buildings at sunset or sunrise, people and car in front are a bluish purple

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Photos were taken in December of 2019.

Link to Yes You Can Spray instagram page

near Picoas metro station – Lisbon

The Cronos Project initiative involved painting murals on the walls of three large abandoned old building on Av Fontes Pereira Melo close to the Picoas metro station.  They were painted  by several international artists including the Brazilian Os Gémeos, the Italians Blu and Erica Il Cane, and the Spaniard SAM3.  Since the murals were painted in 2010, smaller graffiti – both paint and paper –  has been layered over the lower portions.

below: She seems to have a ball of string in her hand and that string goes all the way to the next mural on the corner of the building (out of view in this photo)

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below: She appears to be keeping an eye on that kraken, octopus that has appeared.  Note the string across the picture.

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below: View of two sides of the building

large mural of a white face, male, wearing large gold crown, on three storey Lisboa building

below: He holds the end of the strings in both hands.

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below: A closer look at the man with the gold crown and the bendy straw.  Whatever he was drinking has been painted over.

large mural of a white face, male, wearing large gold crown, on three storey Lisboa building

below: A large silhouette in the darkening sky.

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below: Painted windows make a starry sky while wrought iron railings speak to a past elegance.

part of a mural on a Lisbon building, black silhouette of a man's head, windows painted night sky blue, balconies with wrought iron railings

below: A silly yellow cat on the balcony

abandoned building in Lisboa covered with murals and graffiti

below: A large green crocodile (alligator?) clumsily crashing through the building.
large abandoned old building on Av Fontes Pereira Melo in Lisboa that is covered with street art including a large green crocodile or alligator, a yellow cat on a balcony and large birds that cover one side of the building
close up of a green crocodile's head in a mural on an abandoned building
behind the rusted bars of an old gate is graffiti as well as weeds and small trees with no leaves

below: A cute little couple, paste-up by Costan with a wolf (fox?) prowling in the background.

a black fox or wolf stencil on the bottom of a gate, along with a paste up of two people, a girl and a boy holding hands

below: Wakeup! to a bright green alarm clock.

picture of a green and white alarm clock paste up on a wall with the letters ekup

below: seeing triples, stencil featuring Elton John by A.L. Tony

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below: Rui Veloso, Portuguese singer, another stencil by A.L. Tony

a pasteup of man's face in black and white, three copies of the same photo, on purple, behind bars of an old gate, stencil of singer Rui Veloso by A L Tony

old rusted gate on an abandoned building, with purple graffiti, some pasteups in black and white

below: The Costan couple again, still with their hands forming a heart, along with some black stencils by Dalaiama – black birds in flight and two euros.

below: Another Costan, this time a cat with a hat.

painted yellow graffiti dog with a black cat beside a paper pasteup cat by costan in Lisbon

an old gate with graffiti behind it and around it

a black and white tag graffiti on a stone wall with some small green alien type figures stencil on top

Keeping Mary Company

Like many corners in Rome, this one in Trastevere has a religious picture on the wall.   Here you can see  Mary, Jesus, and a couple of angels as well as ‘Ave Maria’ above the picture in what looks to be neon lights.  This Mary is accompanied by the words  Ricordo Delle Missioni Imperali Borromeo, Marzo MCMXLIX (i.e. 1949).  Ricordo delle meaning “I remember”, or more loosely, In memory of”

Mary now has a lot of company.

wall in trastevere rome with graffiti on it as well as a picture of the virgin mary .

below: Crying but still punk Eiknarf sticker as well as a “Volti Spenti” soulless man on his phone, or no face no ego, by Luther Posca

two slaps on a wall, one is a frog standing upright with a bottle in one hand and the words crying punk, by artist eiknarf. the other is a black stencil of a man with blank face taking a selfie on his phone. Instead of facial features he has the words volti spenti which are Italian

below: A black stencil of a woman with long hair and a red Thauma at the tip of what looks like a long green tail with little suction cups on the bottom.

a long green lizard tail graffiti with a picture of a woman thauma beside

below: A Jesus face, tifa toro on his cheek, and a cat by Guaro

black and white cat poster paste up by guaro and a jesus head with the words tifa toro

below: Paste-ups and wheatpastes don’t last forever.  1. In the top right corner are two drawings by LUS57 of women doing things.  One of them is vacuuming the universe – Saturn and the stars should be quite clean.  2.  Little Qwerty pieces fun to find – this one with the yellow hoodie doesn’t seem like much but I think the bottom half is missing.  3. Last, the little red balloon is the top of a tiny Exitenter painting.

some old faded and partially torn wheatpaste paste ups on a grey wall

below: These are in better shape.  1. A papaya by Per Dispetto whose art centers around that fruit.  2. A large red and white cat mouth open wide and eating an origami cat whole by Krems.  3. The tree with its light green flowers was created by stelleconfuse.  4. Zeta’s little man in gold and black has a post-it note on this torso.. it’s bent so it’s not easy to read by the words ‘sempre’ and ‘indefinable’ are there and it was signed by someone called Jenny (I think!).  Zeta’s instagram shows many variations on this man theme. 5. The little cat is “signed” but I can’t read the writing very well; it looks like BZQueen? and Confused Cat.  6. The two animals in the top right corner are a mystery.

many slaps on a grey wall

below: 1. Mr. Minimal, superhero in his blue underpants and flowing cape.  2.  A character out of science fiction or just outer space…?, by Winston Smith. 3. And last, Lovers by K2M.

a black and white picture of a spaceman as well as a lovers paste up by K 2 M.

below: Two more ladies hard at work by LUS57.  Above them, God wants to undo his creation work in a play on Michelangelo’s famous painting on the the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

graffiti on a wall. one is a poster of Michelangelo's sistine chapel creation where god points finger at man, but this time, ctrl + z is written on top, the computer shortcut for undo. There are also two little drawings by L J S 57, women working, women in old fashioned clothing, one is sorting straw and the other is sweeping

old fashioned like poster of a woman in an orange top with words zoom and vroom

The next few are small pieces that I saw nearby but not on the corner with the above.

black and white stencil on a wall looks sort of like a face made of rounded shapes, with word namea or nanea

a red stencil on a concrete wall of a man with goatee

below: A dog stamp.  A play on the Romulus and Remus symbol/statue that you see around Rome.  Is there significance to the XXX?  This is the work of Gu Tang Clan

motorcycles parked in front of 2 poster street art pieces. one is a play on Romulus and Remus wolf statue and it is by Gu Tang clan. it is made to look like a postage stamp

looking across traffic to a curved wall on a corner with graffiti on it

The previous blog post was also about graffiti in Trastevere.  You should be able to find it by scrolling down.   If not, this is the link: Trastevere slaps

altered street signs, Florence

As you walk around Florence Italy, you can spot street signs that have been altered with witty additions of shapes and figures.  Similar signs have been spotted in Madrid, London, and Paris. Most of them are the work of Clet Abraham but there are a few that were created by Yipi Yipi Yeah, or YYY for short.   Here are a few that I saw in Florence early in January.

below: A policeman’s love

altered red and white no entry sign, graffiti by Clet Abraham, of a policeman bending down and kissing the white bar

below: A goalie defending his net

altered red and white no entry sign, graffiti by Clet Abraham, of a football goalie defending his net

below: Scrunching

altered red and white no entry sign, graffiti by Clet Abraham, of a large black hand scrunching the white bar

below: Chiseling away the white bar.

altered red and white no entry sign, graffiti by Clet Abraham, of a man chiseling away the white bar

below: Only two eyes seen because of a veil

altered red and white no entry sign, graffiti by Clet Abraham, of a woman in a veil covering all but her eyes

below: A game of cat and mouse

altered red and white no entry sign, graffiti by Clet Abraham, of a mouse beside a mouse hole, with a cat in the background

below: Using a pair of scissors

altered red and white no entry sign, graffiti by Clet Abraham, of a pair of scissors cuttig the white bar

below: A hanging brought to you by Yipi Yipi Yeah

dead end sign altered by yipi yipi yeah, three holes in the red bar and a creature hanging by the neck

below: Cupid’s arrow right on target

altered blue and white one way sign, the arrow is now piercing a red heart

below: Smashing ice

altered red and white no entry sign, graffiti by Clet Abraham, of a person breaking ice with a large ice pick

another Casablanca wall

A low wall in the older part of the city… if I remember correctly it might be on one side of a taxi parking lot?   As I was taking pictures, an older man stopped to talk to me about the paintings on the wall.  I think that he said that a group of students painted it.

The mural is full of Casablanca scenes such as this image of the Hussan 2 mosque.

part of a series of murals on a Casablanca wall, the word Casablanca in white with a picture of the Hussan 2 mosque behind it, orange sky at sunset

an old mattress sits in front of a mural of silhouette people shapes jumping, in black as well as red, green, and blue people

part of a series of murals on a Casablanca wall, three black silhouette figures jumping

a man and a woman talking to each other as they stand in front of a wall covered in a series of murals

red sun, blue waves, hussan 2 mosque, brown wall, umbrellas, casablanca scene painted in a mural

streeet art mural of two mosques with red sky behind

below: Typical Moroccan tile work. part of a series of murals on a Casablanca wall, tile patterns, triangles and diamond shapes in yellow, green, and blue

mosque with red sky, some tagging by RCA, mural

below: Curly metal railings and grilles like this can be seen all over Morocco.

part of a series of murals on a Casablanca wall, in blue curly shapes as seen on many metal railings in Morocco, on a red and orange background

part of a series of murals on a Casablanca wall, a large black, blue and white cat looking a four black and blue butterflies

part of a series of murals on a Casablanca wall - whimsical people doing athletic thigs,

part of a series of murals on a Casablanca walla blue door with gold trim

below: The Moroccan flag is a green star on a red background.

part of a series of murals on a Casablanca wall, a green star on a red background

new murals on South Wood Street, Chicago

A couple of stretches of concrete wall in Pilsen have recently been opened up to street artists in Chicago.  One of these is on South Wood Street immediately north of the railway tracks (by West 15th Street).   This past week, August 2019, a group of artists painted the wall.  This is a selection of the murals that now adorn that wall.

below: Some of the new murals

a person walks past a wall covered with many murals beside a street, South Wood Street

below: As you emerge from under the bridge, this is the first mural that you see on the west side of Wood Street.

a mural that is partially under a railway bridge, metal supports for the bridge in the picture,

a mural on South Wood Street, a person with a wide brimmed hat carrying a ghetto blaster on her shoulder

below: Peace mural by @sob_e (aka Eliza Riley Delgado)

two murals on a wall beside a street, one has the word peace

below: Warrior City Tribe by Mero

warrior city tribe mural on a wall on Wood street in Pilsen

two murals on a wall, both with birds

below: Breaking down walls and letting the rats and vermin out.

two murals on a wall, painted like hole in the wall with rats, cat, and skunk

below: Two alligators (Crocodiles?), one break dancing and one stepping out in a hoodie and bling.

mural on a concrete wall in Pilsen, two alligators or crocodiles, one in a hoodie and one standing on one front leg and smiling

two murals on a wall, one is mostly red and has a wizard cap with a star on it and the other is mostly yellow

below: Sponge Bob Square Pants tries his hand at singing while Bart Simpson spins.

mural on South Wood street in pilsen illinois, a dance scene with an angry sponge bob square pants singing while Bart Simpson is the D J with two turn tables, a man is trying to dance

a small tree in front of two murals on a wall

below: On the left is a mural by Yo Loco

two murals on a wall

below: by @All_CITY_COWBOY, helicopter, music, and mayhem in the city.

a mural by @all_city_cowboy, helicopter, shadow silhouette figures

below: With the green lizard character standing by

two murals on a wall, one with green lizard character

Barcelona doors

Street art seen on doors in Barcelona Spain, April 2018

 

below: Vegan bunnies.  One releases a caged bird and the other has scissors in her hair.

street art painting of two young women on a door, stylized, one with turquoise hair and the other with light purple hair. One with a red dress and holding a bird cage that a bird is flying out of. words at bottom say vegan bunnies. scrawled across the top are the words Lima love.

below: Cat and mouse by Cisco KSL who is also a tattoo artist.  The mouse has a couple of vices.  I wonder what the cat’s key will unlock?

motorcycle in front of two doors with murals. on the left is a cat and on the right is a greenish coloured mouse. both animals fill the door.

below: She lives at 202 Carrer de L’Escorial

a man and woman pushing a stroller walk past a garage door with a mural of a womans face on it.

below: Reaching out

a paste up of a boy in blue snow suit and blue and white hat, he is pointing outwards,

below: A bloody mess, a painting by Sarah Pitel – an American from Portland Oregon.

painting on a door of a person's head, with lots of black hair, top of body is just rib cage with lots of red paint that looks like blood splattered all over it

below: Cats?  Cats with very long necks.   (Ooops! Not a door).

three long necked cats painting on a door

below: It started with a street art piece by Arte Ignorante of a woman in blue tipping her hat with the girl in red beside her.

doors, wood, with two people on them, an adult and a girl

below: Handmade in Barcelona, the shoe maker at work, with a line of shoes above.

mural on a metal store window covering of a pair of hands working on making shoes

below: Black and white, two women looking at you.

door with graffiti on it.

below: BOB is on the right.

two doors with murals. on the left is goofy faced creature with orange spiky hair and on the right is the word BOB written vertically in large light teal letters.

below: Pandora’s box and bright finger nails.

La Caja de Pandora, Pandora's box, in white on black background, a hand is coming out of the box, with bright red nail polish, box is open,

cartoon like painting on a door, pink faced person with bright yellow sweater, a yellow fish

This post is also a “Thursday Doors” blog post.  This is a weekly occurrence and a number of bloggers participate.  If you are interested in doors in general and want to see more door themed blog posts, here is the link.

Quito Ecuador

There is a lot of street art in Quito.   It covers a lot of concrete walls that are part of the city’s infrastructure (supports for elevated roads, walls around buildings, etc).   Here is some that I saw in February 2018.

below: Two people, one inside sitting pretty in pink and one outside.

grey and white painted stencil of a man including head, upper body and one arm. on a yellow wall beside a window with a pink window frame. There is a sticker or pasteup of another face in the window looking out. Quito Ecuador

below: A bird in flight.  One wing looks like flames while the other wing resembles water.   Signed by yo-ho-ho.

street art in Quito Ecuador, a bird in flight, one wing looks like flames and the other wing looks like water, painted by yo_ho_ho. mural in Quito Ecuador

 

below: Many, many faces in pink.

on a wall with ivy growing over the top of it, many faces in shades of pink , overlapping each other. mural in Quito Ecuador

 

below: Part dragon and part fish?

on a yellow wall, behind a small tree, a colourful painting of a dragon

 

below: A painting by BEGO

on a house beyond a white fence, a painting on the upper storey of a woman with red hair and red flower

 

The next few paintings were on a wall surrounding an house that was falling down.

on an old stone wall, two animal heads, a dog and a cat maybe.

painted in blue, a pig with sunglasses and crossed arms, words say smoky pig

on a crumbling stone wall is a large green face with many pink eyes, and pink liquid spewing from his mouth

 

below: This is the last of the photos from the ruined building – note the broken bottles across the top of the wall.  That’s very common in Quito… although electric fences seem to be replacing broken glass as a means of keeping trespassers out.

mural of a boy's head in profile, short hair, wearing goggles, all in blue shades

 

below: Crab (lobster?) hands

stylized painting of a man upper body with large crab hands, lack hair and blue writing (illegible) on both sides of his head.

below: Laughing and pointing

large man's face with laughing open mouth, moustache and short hair, pink shirt collar, hand with index finger pointing , mural in Quito Ecuador , Hecho salsa

 

below: Someone stole an orange cone.

graffiti on a wall

 

below: Covering his mouth and I don’t think that it’s because he’s coughing.

mural in Quito Ecuador , large red face with a blue hand covering its mouth

 

below: Me

wall painted part red and part blue. on the blue part is a large ME in white with black border. Quito Ecuador graffiti

 

below: Pasteup over his face, a mouse and a mousetrap

part of a larger mural with soldier, wearing helmet with three gold stars on it, someone has put a red dot in the middle of his forehead, also a pasteup now covers his face, with a rat on it, mural in Quito Ecuador

 

below: Another gorgeous bird.  Signed by Pagach? (Pagache?)

mural in Quito Ecuador , realistic painting of a bird with a black and yellow head.

below: Painted on a rusty metal gate.  Reaching for the skull.  I am not sure of the words but if it’s “ponte y las alas” that translates to ‘stand and the wings’ but there are more letters.  Any ideas anyone?  Painted by Aster in 2017.

on a rusted metal gate that is locked closed, graffiti of a person with outstretched arm, as well as a skull

 

below: Resiste

small paste up of a face and star with green and red parts

below: Graffiti behind the fence

graffiti on a wall beside an outdoor stairwell, behind a chainlink fence in Quito Ecuador

 

below: Supay Corpus in a residential area.

 

below: Someone likes to paint underwear, men’s brief to be more specific.

large black and white painting of a pair of men's briefs, underpants in Quito

 

below: A very realistic portrait of an old man with one green eye open.

realistic, and large, painting of a wrinkly man's face, one eye open and one closed. The open eye is green.

 

 

faded red concrete steps leading to a black door with a metal grille covering it,also some graffiti tags. Two bottle brush trees are in front with their red flowers

 

circular pattern painted in black and white with a cat's face ferocious in the center circle, painted mural

 

And last, there were some word stencils….

below: #2mayo and “ecuador ama la vida” which is ‘ecuador, love life’ is now someone’s love note to Mina.

two black stencils, the first is a raised fist with the words #2mayo and the other says ecuador

below: “Sigue to corazon & disfruta el viaje” which means “follow your heart and enjoy the trip”.

black stencil on grey concrete, sigue tu corazon a disfruta la viaje, written twice

 

below: Natura Insurrecta?  and “Mineria responsable cuento miserable”.  The direct translation for the latter is “mining responsible, tale miserable”.

green stencil on top and black on the bottom that says mineria responsable cuentu miserable