San Antonio murals pay tribute to Spurs, Beastie Boys, Hispanic Elvis – San Antonio Express-News

It takes San Antonio street artist Colton Valentine several minutes to answer why he loves to paint so many famous faces. Then the muralist behind such popular depictions of Bad Bunny, Vicente Fernandez and Hispanic Elvis finds just the right, colorful words.

“Honor the impact that these people have made,” he said. “Boom, that sounds (expletive) amazing.”

From Bad Bunny and the Beastie Boys to Selena and the Spurs, the Alamo City is rife with spray-paint portraits of celebrity and cultural icons both global and local. Many of these curbside frescos dot streets in and around the center of the city, a collection of subjects connected to the heart of San Antonio.

Here are a few of those larger-than-life figures and where to find them.

Bad Bunny mural by San Antonio street artist Colton Valentine at Porta Rossa Bar.

Bad Bunny mural by San Antonio street artist Colton Valentine at Porta Rossa Bar.

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Bad Bunny

Porta Rossa Bar, 1221 Broadway

Artist: Colton Valentine (Instagram: @colton_valentine_)

The trap-reggaeton sensation rocked the Alamodome earlier this month. Valentine’s colorful mural of the Puerto Rican artist, with an assist by San Antonio muralist Angélica Leandra (Instagram: @myth.bna), has rocked Porta Rossa since its debut at a Bad Bunny after-party.

On ExpressNews.com: Bad Bunny helps fund new home for 10-year-old Uvalde shooting survivor Mayah Zamora

Beastie Boys mural by Nik Soup near Paper Tiger.

Beastie Boys mural by Nik Soup near Paper Tiger.

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Beastie Boys

600 block of East Ashby Place near North St. Mary’s Street

Artist: Nik Soup of Los Otros Murals (@souplaws, @losotrosmurals)

The homage to the legendary Big Apple rappers includes some timeless rhymes by the late Adam “MCA” Yauch: “I want to say something that’s long overdue / The disrespect to women has got to be through.”

Daft Punk mural by Alan Calvo at Southtown Vinyl.

Daft Punk mural by Alan Calvo at Southtown Vinyl.

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Daft Punk

Southtown Vinyl, 1112 S St Mary’s St.

Artist: Alan Calvo (Instagram: @calvomurals)

Calvo’s mural of the masked music duo speaks volumes.

A mural at 802 San Pedro Ave. depicting San Antonio street performer Hispanic Elvis, who died in March.

A mural at 802 San Pedro Ave. depicting San Antonio street performer Hispanic Elvis, who died in March.

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Hispanic Elvis

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave.

Artist: Colton Valentine (Instagram: @colton_valentine_)

Valentine stressed he painted the mural of Hispanic Elvis before the beloved San Antonio personality died March 31.

Mural of late Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez by San Antonio street artist Colton Valentine at El Tipico Restaurant.

Mural of late Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez by San Antonio street artist Colton Valentine at El Tipico Restaurant.

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Vicente Fernandez

El Tipico Restaurant, 4930 Rigsby Ave.

Artist: Colton Valentine (Instagram: @colton_valentine_)

Valentine did, however, paint this mural of Fernandez after the Mexican singer died in December.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg mural by Nik Soup at the 1906 art complex.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg mural by Nik Soup at the 1906 art complex.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

1906 Gallery, 1906 S. Flores St.

Artist: Nik Soup of Los Otros Murals (Instagram: @souplaws, @losotrosmurals)

Soup’s mural of the late Supreme Court associate justice highlights the equal rights champion with her 2009 quote: “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.”

Walter Mercado mural art by Los Otros Murals on a building in the 100 block of East Lachapelle.

Walter Mercado mural art by Los Otros Murals on a building in the 100 block of East Lachapelle.

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Walter Mercado

100 block of East Lachapelle near South Flores Street

Artist: Los Otros Murals (Instagram: @losotrosmurals)

Los Otros’s mural to the late Puerto Rican astrologer, while somewhat hidden, still celebrates the colorful television personality con mucho amor.

Juliette Pierson photographs her friends, Kari Clark and Sony Zapata, in front of the mural of Selena on the side of Alamo Candy Company in 2020. The mural is by San Antonio artist Alan Calvo.

Juliette Pierson photographs her friends, Kari Clark and Sony Zapata, in front of the mural of Selena on the side of Alamo Candy Company in 2020. The mural is by San Antonio artist Alan Calvo.

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Selena

Alamo Candy Company, 1149 W. Hildebrand Ave.

Artist: Alan Calvo (Instagram: @calvomurals)

An unidentified homeless woman shares a moment with a mural of Selena by artist Christopher Montoya on a business at 4911 S. Flores St. in 2020.

An unidentified homeless woman shares a moment with a mural of Selena by artist Christopher Montoya on a business at 4911 S. Flores St. in 2020.

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4911 S. Flores St.

Artist: Chris Montoya (Instagram: @artista_montoya)

The Queen of Tejano music still reigns long after her tragic death in 1995. Montoya’s South Side mural of Selena has stood for around a decade, while Calvo’s aptly candy-colored Selena mural at Alamo Candy was completed in 2019.

Mural of Southside Hoodlum by Colton Valentine at 802 San Pedro Ave.

Mural of Southside Hoodlum by Colton Valentine at 802 San Pedro Ave.

Colton Valentine

Southside Hoodlum

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave.

Artist: Colton Valentine (Instagram: @colton_valentine_)

From beats to billboards, San Antonio rapper Southside Hoodlum continues to rack up fans since signing a record deal with Empire last year.

On ExpressNews.com: San Antonio rapper Southside Hoodlum making waves beyond his hometown

Spurs mural art of former players (l to r) Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and David Robinson by Los Otros Murals at Rudy's Seafood.

Spurs mural art of former players (l to r) Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and David Robinson by Los Otros Murals at Rudy’s Seafood.

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Spurs

Rudy’s Seafood, 4122 S. Flores St.

Artist: Los Otros Murals (Instagram: @losotrosmurals)

Mural of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and retired Spurs legend Tim Duncan by Los Otros Murals at Fire House Church.

Mural of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and retired Spurs legend Tim Duncan by Los Otros Murals at Fire House Church.

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Fire House Church, 1301 Roosevelt Ave.

Artist: Los Otros Murals (Instagram: @losotrosmurals)

Mural of Spurs greats (l to r) Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker by Albert Gonzales on a building at South St. Mary's and Pereida streets.

Mural of Spurs greats (l to r) Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker by Albert Gonzales on a building at South St. Mary’s and Pereida streets.

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South St. Mary’s and Pereida streets

Artist: Albert Gonzales (Instagram: @trebla_art)

Fishing for some wall art of the Silver and Black? Rudy’s Seafood is surrounded by Spurs legends old, new and in the making (that includes the Spurs Coyote, too) while Fire House Church honors Spurs elder statesmen coach Gregg Popovich and brief assistant coach but forever Spurs great Tim Duncan, plus a #GraciasManu mural of new Hall of Fame inductee, Manu Ginobili. And next to the big pig building on South St. Mary’s Street, Duncan, Ginobili and fellow former Spurs great Tony Parker represent.

George Strait mural by Matt Tumlinson at St. Mary's Strip.

George Strait mural by Matt Tumlinson at St. Mary’s Strip.

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George Strait

East French Place and North St. Mary’s Street

Artist: Matt Tumlinson (Instagram: @matt_tumlinson)

Tumlinson gives the King of Country his due with a royal homage to the country crooner.

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