murals, street art and tagging oh my!

looks out over 
Findlay Market

mural of fruit, flowers and food near Findlay Market

Old Timber Inn 
on the Nothside 
is apparently a hip coffee house

the artist who designed Obey
had a hand in this

Not a mural 
street art none the less 
I love the contrast of the bright colors and the old rusted semi painted iron gate

This is huge and I could not get far enough back to get it all without standing in traffic
 the left side has real windows/cornices 
the right are all trompe l'oeil

 I forget who this man is, 
he's married to an artist, 
I remember that much 
what strikes me about him is his resemblance to 
Don Rickles
(turns out 
he is 
Jim Tarbell, 
a former vice mayor of Cincinnati 
and this mural 
stands four stories high 
on the corner of Vine and Central Parkway, 
nevertheless, he still looks like Don Rickles)

this one overlooks a gas station/parking lot

Mary was right, 
I should have gotten some close ups of the odd things that make this so fascinating
dont miss the flying pigs
CLICKIN' will Embiggin'

 not just a bike rack
every one of those little buildings represents a major building in Cincinnati

for background on 

 Cincinnati had a Pig Parade 
(like NYC's Cow Parade)
this one is clad in Artworks' crocheted statement style

 this clever mural directs people to the

 these two were in the same parking lot on adjacent walls

were in an alley 
a parking lot

I took photos of the whimsical characters that populate the larger murals

and lastly, 
more parking lot 
street art 
we got to see the taggers in action


  1. Absolutely LOVE IT !!!
    I am so jealous... I would be in
    HOG heaven with the pigs...

  2. Amazing, especially that trompe l'oeil! Wow!!

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  3. Phenomenal photos! What a stash you have. Thanks for sharing them with us!

  4. Nice stuff! So handy with a paint brush, aren't they? Looks as though you did a bit of walking around while you were there too and shot all the great fun things for us to see. Love that!

  5. What a fabulous tour of Cincinnati murals!
    ...and yes, he DOES look like Don Rickles!

  6. Love the street art you captured! And even some artists in action. Cool!

  7. Very cool artsy town. I'm glad Alex was able to identify the Obey character for you.

  8. Just great! I love, love, love street art. Tagging maybe not, but murals, etc. yes.

  9. Enjoyed looking at all of the murals and art, especially the crocheted pig! Thanks for sharing!

  10. wow, too many to comment on!
    all fab!

    But I was going to say that first pic would be perfect except it needs a water tower. :-)

  11. really cool world-wide movement (even here)

    gotta admit, the gate is my fave shot, Dar. Really nice, comprehensive post with good flow.

    You never bore the eye or reader.

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  12. Totally LOVE this post Daryl!!! I just adore street art and could spend literally HOURS watching people paint!!

    Great, great shots!!

  13. loved all your Cincinnati photos Daryl. looks like you had a ball.

  14. Wow! impressive! I love seeing "outdoor" art. & who knew this about Cincinnati???

  15. How fun to find your blog. I was raised in Cincinnati and was googling Alice Balterman to get some inspiration for some decoupage projects I am working on this winter. Sadly I see she has left us. I worked in a downtown at a gallery on 4th St. in the late 70's called Not in New York where Alice worked as part of a co-op space along with other talented artists. My family members have some stunning pieces of hers in their homes.

    We have a daughter in NYC that I love to visit several times a year. I will enjoy following along with you in the city. She lived in the UWS for several years and loved it but has now relocated to the West Village.

    Glad you enjoyed Cincinnati which has always had a great art scene not to mention tons of good food. An underrated very livable city.