American Market Mural ~ 24th & N St

Another corner market sporting an urban tattoo to liven the street. This mural is on the east wall of American Market & Deli and is attributed as a collective work by Shaun Turner, Daniel Osterhoff, and Miguel Bounce Perez (1).

Barbara Steinberg credits Bonnie Shafsky, a local landscape designer, with the term “urban tattoo” which refers to 21st-century murals (2). Steinberg describes her appreciation for urban tattoos:

One has to love this innovative wall art. Its edgy and funky appeal makes less attractive buildings seem born again. And our wonderful city streetscape is taking on a far-out chic appearance that is strangely reminiscent of the ‘70s psychedelic (3)

Earlier this month, I posted on another urban tattoo, Dimple Records Mural, which was created by Turner and Osterhoff in 2008.

Osterhoff is a mural artist and DJ. He is described as a “designer, artist, musician, all-around Midtown neo-Renaissance party man… surprisingly focused, even serious, for a guy who joneses to dance and deejays under the alias “DJ Whores.” (4). His website is http://www.myspace.com/djwhores916

Bounce and Turner are part of a group called, Trust Your Struggle, which “is a collective of visual artists, educators, and cultural workers dedicated to social justice and community activism through the medium of art.” (5).

Our collective strives through art and visual mediums to back and support anyone who is pushing to make the changes we all are looking to see in the world.We want you to believe that whatever you are going threw in the name of your peoples is valid and worth having faith in so we bring it to the frontline to remind folks that when it comes to the people’s struggle, well in the words of T La Rock “it’s yours!!” so trust it, believe in it, love it, give it your all, but don’t ever let nobody take it from you (6).

You can read more about the group at these sites: http://tys.mvmt.com/, http://www.erinyoshi.com/, http://trustyourhustle.blogspot.com/.

Many of the images under the ‘Paint’ section of Bounce’s website are hauntingly beautiful. I particularly love “NO MAMES GUEY”.

Russ Andres has nice shot of the entire mural that he took when the paint was still fresh and the trees had lost their leaves, making the mural more visible.

Title: (unknown)
Artist: Shaun Turner, Daniel Osterhoff, and Miguel Bounce Perez
Date: 2007 (not confirmed)
Media: Spray Paint
Location: American Market & Deli, 24th & N


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(1) http://www.beachcalifornia.com/california/urban-tattoos.html
(2) http://www.beachcalifornia.com/california/urban-tattoos.html
(3) http://www.beachcalifornia.com/california/urban-tattoos.html
(4) http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/content?oid=1352985
(5) http://tys.mvmt.com/about/
(6) http://www.myspace.com/trustyourstruggle#ixzz0yfs7EgHe

Wade in the Water Mural ~ 1308 28th St

Bob the Dog is featured in this mural on the alley side of the Capitol Physical Therapy building off 28th Street between N & Capitol. “Bob” is Rod Larson-Swenson’s signature character and has appeared in countless of his paintings (1). In this News & Review article, he describes how Bob came about:

“When I first painted Bob,” said Swenson, “I had a real bad day. I was frustrated and I just scrubbed out a big painting and because I had spent my whole day painting and came up with nothing, and just in frustration I just scrawled this dumb dog. Someone walked in the studio within two days and bought it. A friend of mine named it, he said, ‘Well, it looks like Bob the Dog to me.’ ” (2)

Swenson started painting in 1970 when his eldest daughter was born. He said that having his daughter “suddenly made me feel like an adult and I could do what I wanted, even if it was crappy. It didn’t matter. So I started painting in 1970 and I just never stopped.” (3).

Photo by Larry Dalton in News & Review article by David Kulczyk

He continued his day job with the Post office for 20 more years but then retired to paint full-time and now lives with his wife in Asia:

In 1990, Rod Larson-Swenson quit his job with the U.S. Postal Service in Oakland, moved to Sacramento and began full-time work as an artist. Sacramentans know him best, perhaps, for his otherworldly “Bob the Dog” paintings and murals, which at one time enlivened at least three buildings in midtown and North Sacramento. In 1996, Larson-Swenson and his wife, LizAnn, left Sacramento for Taiwan, and in 1999 they moved once more—to the Yunnan Province in the People’s Republic of China, where she teaches English and he paints. (4)

Swenson has shown often at 20th Street Art Gallery in Midtown and they have profile page for him where a number of his paintings are displayed. In an article in Sacrament Magazine, he credits his relationship with 20th Street and the artist community at large with his success:

I had lots of great mentors, a vast community of people who were working at art. Some were teaching; some were just barely managing. We were bound together by our love of painting and the presumption that we could do it and that it mattered. I owe everything to that community. They are as important as the work itself. (5)

In another quote in the Sacramento Magazine article, it sounds like the way he is drawn to people and community have drawn him to love where he lives now:

To my surprise, I found that I loved living in Asia. In the United States, we live a very internal, contained life. We are always in our cars or our homes or our workplaces. The sidewalks tend to be empty. In China, the sidewalks are packed with people in all conditions employing every conceivable means of transport. It’s a fantastic jumble of humanity. (6)

Title: Wade in the Water
Artist: Rod Larson-Swenson
Date: 1997
Media: Paint
Location: Alley side of Capitol Physical Therapy building, 1308 28th Street


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(1) http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/content?oid=12815
(2) http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/content?oid=12815
(3) http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/content?oid=12815
(4) http://www.sacmag.com/media/Sacramento-Magazine/March-2007/So-You-Want-To-Be-An-Artist/
(5) http://www.sacmag.com/media/Sacramento-Magazine/March-2007/So-You-Want-To-Be-An-Artist/
(6) http://www.sacmag.com/media/Sacramento-Magazine/March-2007/So-You-Want-To-Be-An-Artist

Dimple Records Mural ~ 16th & Broadway

The Dimple Records building at 16th & Broadway was one of the original locations for Tower Records. Tower opened there in the mid-1960’s and stayed open for nearly 40 years (1). After Tower folded in 2006, Russ Solomon (the original founder of Tower) opened R5, an independent record store, and moved into the site.

In 2008, this mural of 13 iconic musicians was created for the R5 store by Shaun Turner, and Daniel Osterhoff painted the mural on the other side of the building (photos below) (2). Recently, Solomon retired, R5 closed, and Dimple moved in (3). Dimple re-painted the outside of the building but kept the murals mostly intact (4).

Iggy Pop •• J Dilla •• Lauryn Hill •• Stevie Wonder

Tower is so much a part of Sacramento history that it is fitting to include some of that story here:

Tower was founded in 1960 by Russ Solomon in Sacramento, California. The store was named after his father’s drugstore, which shared a building and name with the Tower Theater, where Solomon first started selling records. The first Tower Records store was opened in 1960 on Watt Avenue in Sacramento. By 1976, Solomon had opened Tower Books, Posters, and Plants at 1600 Broadway, next door to Tower Records (5).

… the chain spread to San Francisco and Los Angeles before expanding across the US and internationally. It opened its first store in the UK in the early 1990s, and closed its last shop there a decade later. By the mid-1990s there were more than 200 Tower stores around the world generating $1bn a year in sales. Its megastores boasted well-informed staff, extensive stock and long hours (6).

In 2004, when the group first filed for bankruptcy, the Solomon family gave up 85% of its holding. In the last fiscal year, sales dropped 10% to $430m, although only 13 of Tower’s 89 American stores were thought to be losing money. Retail music sales as a whole fell 17% in the US from 2000-2005 (7).

Debbie Harry (Blondie) •• Bootsy Collins (Parliament) •• John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

I found another Turner and Osterhoff mural; created for Osterhoff’s father’s sandwich shop (called Dad’s Sandwich Shop) and you can see a photo of the artists with the unfinished mural on Russ Andris’ amazing gallery of public Sacramento murals.

James Brown •• Eric Dolphy

Turner is part of a group called, Trust Your Struggle, which “is a collective of visual artists, educators, and cultural workers dedicated to social justice and community activism through the medium of art.” (8). You can read more about them at these sites: http://tys.mvmt.com/, http://www.erinyoshi.com/, http://trustyourhustle.blogspot.com/.

Our collective strives through art and visual mediums to back and support anyone who is pushing to make the changes we all are looking to see in the world.We want you to believe that whatever you are going threw in the name of your peoples is valid and worth having faith in so we bring it to the frontline to remind folks that when it comes to the people’s struggle, well in the words of T La Rock “it’s yours!!” so trust it, believe in it, love it, give it your all, but don’t ever let nobody take it from you (9).

Here is a video of Turner painting the outside wall of Sol Collective, a community based arts education center in Sacramento. Amazing to see how quickly and skillfully he works (although I was bummed the Frida image was covered).

Miles Davis

You can see Turner’s entire mural in one photomerged image by Russ Andris.

A mural by Osterhoff covers the west side of the building. It is made up of mostly words for different musical styles (Rock n’ Roll, Reggae, Country, Metal, etc) in vibrant, expressive fonts. On the far end is a fabulous image of Billie Holiday.

Osterhoff is also a DJ. He is described as a “designer, artist, musician, all-around Midtown neo-Renaissance party man… surprisingly focused, even serious, for a guy who joneses to dance and deejays under the alias “DJ Whores.” (10). His website is http://www.myspace.com/djwhores916

Billie Holiday

You can see Osterhoff’s entire west-side mural in this photo by Russ Andris.

(Thanks to Joe H. and Daniel Osterhoff for helping me identify all of the musicians)

Title: (unknown)
Artist: Shaun Turner and Daniel Osterhoff
Date: 2008
Media: Spray Paint
Location: Dimple Records, 16th & Broadway


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(1) http://www.valcomnews.com/?p=199
(2) http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/content?oid=644130
(3) http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/content?oid=1458378
(4) http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/content?oid=1458378
(5) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_Records
(6) http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2006/oct/09/retail.usnews
(7) http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2006/oct/09/retail.usnews
(8) http://tys.mvmt.com/about/
(9) http://www.myspace.com/trustyourstruggle#ixzz0yfs7EgHe
(10) http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/content?oid=1352985