Seattle is a town well-known for its quirky side from the gum-wall to the Freemont Troll. We were really struck by the amazing murals, often commissioned by restaurants and stores. This tour gives you a taste of murals from north to south Seattle.
Map of the Tour
Guide to the Murals
This 65-foot Chameleon was created by Hawaiian artist Oasis with Seattle artist Graves33 as the assistant. The artist chose the chameleon for the subject of this mural because it’s the most chill animal in the jungle. While chill, this chameleon has a psychedelic robot vibe.
Old Ballard and Freemont have so many murals on stores and shops. One of the best known Seattle mural artists, henry, (the moniker for the most prolific muralist in town Ryan Henry Ward) created this bar scene populated by the best and kookiest of the animal kingdom. This scene is hidden behind a smoke shop with an awesome mural map of the region.
I couldn’t help but pick another henry mural, because, well, sasquatch. This one is near one of the best burgers in Seattle at Uneeda. Be warned, the parking lot is usually full, so it is hard to get a good image of it. But, you can wind your way through cars to stay eye to eye with Washington State’s most famous imaginary creature.
First Hill and The International District
Internationally known muralists, like John Sarkis, fill walls along local artists throughout town. The Sarkis mural, done in acrylic and spray paint, is an enormous patchwork man. It is a wonderful counterpart to some of the more realistic murals nearby.
This industrial neighborhood is ripe with murals. One could spend a whole afternoon tooling around catching the variety with a range of themes and styles. We had a wonderful argument about which was best. I loved the clean, crisp look of the OK, Yes, Go mural. My youngest daughter loved the monster with the pink nails.
Freeway underpasses and old warehouses are festooned in this area. It’s worth mentioning that this is an area that has a number of houseless neighborhoods of tents. I suggest that you are considerate of the tents, being careful not to trespass upon their space when taking pictures.
Industrial District West & West Seattle
Some of my favorite murals in town are in this area. We grabbed breakfast near this outdoorsy scene with the happy bear by Jesse Link. We didn’t spy a real bear when we were out west, so luckily we caught this one on our way to breakfast. Finally, I might eventually write a whole blog post about West Seattle Murals. There were so many awesome ones, many of which were sort of old style realistic ones, like this one on the side of a post office. But, in the meantime, here is a usual blog post on the subject.