The variety and number of murals in Downtown Arlington has grown exponentially just in the last four years, thanks to many artists from Arlington and throughout North Texas. Through their creativity, vision and collaboration, these artists are helping to celebrate the spirit of Arlington while also adding to Downtown's authentic sense of place.
In honor of this year's Juneteenth commemorations, we're spotlighting three African American artists who've made our Downtown community more beautiful, artful and engaging by sharing their talents with us.
Tex Moton got his start as a talented graffiti artist, but he really came into his own when he founded the YUMS (You Understand My Style) retail brand in 2007. In 2015, he moved his wildly successful business to Downtown Arlington. Today his second Downtown studio, ALREADY Design Co., channels even more of his creative energy, while YUMS continues to launch new collections and exclusive lines for the Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks and the WWE, to name a few.
You'll find four of Tex's murals in and around Urban Union, including "Party Animals" (207 N. Elm St.), Sugar Bee Sweets (201 N. East St.), Legal Draft Beer Co. (500 E. Division St.) and "Soundwave" on Petsche Music Studio (215 E. Front Street).
Multi-talented Trey Wilder (featured image) brings a powerful, street art-inspired aesthetic to his creative endeavors. His experience in product packaging, typography and other commercial design has helped him hone a stunningly crisp side to his execution without losing any of his bubbling, free-flowing imagination. Trey's mural, "Connect Create," graces an exterior wall of CenterSpace Coworking, 609 E. Main St.
Arlington resident Justin “Just” Simmons is a spiritual urban street artist with over 20 years experience. With no formal training in art, Justin has developed a keen eye for detail in his painting and digital designs, interlacing them with a soulful, enveloping, and thought-provoking technique. Simmons’ work is also known in Arlington through his participation in the City’s popular Star of Texas public art initiative.
Justin partnered with the HELP Center, 200 E Division St., to co-create his mural "Love."
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Looking for the perfect place to take pictures of Father's Day hugs this Sunday, June 21, which also happens to be National Selfie Day? Or maybe you're looking for a fun backdrop for striking a pose in your cap & gown? Visit our Arts & Culture directory for a listing of public art throughout Downtown Arlington.
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