Austin has street art scattered everywhere and takes you completely by surprise with it sheer variety and diversity. Murals winking from garages, decrepit lanes, dusty sidewalks, busy intersections, store-fronts, parking lots and in the darnedest of places, which we found out while walking or driving by. Home to dozens of Instagram famous murals (I have showcased many of them here), this city is a paradise for mural and art lovers and is in the big league with other mural choked cities in USA and the world, such as San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo and London. Being a big city with murals in far flung corners, most are well preserved, i.e. not tagged or defaced and indulge in varied themes from classic rock and roll references to bohemian to pop art to kitsch to Austin pride to art for art’s sake. Here are some, i.e. 70+ murals that we cobbled together during our 3 days of visit. Photos were snapped either from a moving vehicle or from me jumping out like a ninja to do the same in the middle of traffic or while walking around the city and pleasantly stumbling upon some sneaky ones. Murals came in different shapes and sizes and different themes. Some of them are pretty popular on Instagram, such as the “You are my butter half” or “I love you so much” or “Hi, how are you” and even the iconic sign “greetings from Austin” which we found near an overpass. The more you seek, the more you will find. So do your research and map your itinerary accordingly since the murals are scattered all over the city. Links to where to find them are here, here, here and here. My related previous blog posts are a visitor’s guide to Austin and a food guide.
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