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Local Experts: Austin, Sarah Beckman

By Local Expert Sarah Beckham

Exploring Austin’s Street Art and Murals

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Hi, How Are You

Hi, How Are You

This simple mural by musician Daniel Johnston has remained intact near the University of Texas for more than 20 years, even as the building where it was painted has changed from a record store to the Thai restaurant it is today. You may recognize the image: Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain used to wear a T-shirt with Johnston’s drawing.

 

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Greetings From Austin

Greetings From Austin

Originally painted in 1998 and recently refurbished, this mural at Roadside Relics on South First Street calls to mind a vintage postcard. It’s so beloved that businesses and individuals in the area chipped in to raise the money needed for the restoration. Stop by to see it when you enjoy one of the many great restaurants on South First.

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You’re My Butter Half

You’re My Butter Half

This sweet and colorful bread-and-butter mural is especially popular with couples seeking a distinctively Austin background for their engagement photos. Since 2012, it has graced the United Way for Greater Austin building, thanks to a volunteer project by Creative Suitcase, a local graphic design agency.

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Joan Jett

Joan Jett

You may know Shepard Fairey as the creator of the famous Barack Obama “Hope” poster back in 2008. He's one of the most famous street artists in the word, and in 2014 his work came to the streets of Austin. Fairey’s mural of Joan Jett, on the corner of 4th and Guadalupe, was unveiled during South by Southwest.

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Graffiti Park

Graffiti Park

If you're seriously into street art, pay a visit to this every-evolving showcase of what local artists are up to. Located on an abandoned building site, it’s near places you’re likely to already be visiting anyway, such as Waterloo Records, so it’s easy to squeeze in a trip. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes, and watch your step.


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Graffiti Park
Below The Castle (10th & 12th), Austin, TX 78703, United States
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Joan Jett
304 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701, United States
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You’re My Butter Half
2000 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd (Alamo St.), Austin, TX 78702, United States
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Greetings From Austin
Annie (South 1st), Austin, TX 78704, United States
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Hi, How Are You
21st St. (Guadalupe St.), Austin, TX, United States
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