Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Check mate, cupcake

This one has be stumped, though I do dig the strange combination of what appears to be a knight chess piece in a cupcake. This is on the wall just over City Bar on State Street.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Help Prairie Phoenix Academy finish their mural

Wanna help some kids in Sun Prairie finish a mural project at their school? Hook it up:

Thanks to all of you who are helping the Friends of Williamson Street Art Center raise funds to finish the mural at Prairie Phoenix Academy in Sun Prairie. We have only 2 weeks left!

We are raising funds to complete the mural this fall. For every $1 contributed, Dane Arts has secured an additional 50 cents. If you contribute $10, Dane Arts will contribute $5. A small donation of $10 or $20 would help a lot!

Please go to the following link for more information and to contribute.

Thank you!
Sharon Kilfoy

Monday, August 27, 2012

A very curious mural

A graffiti wall to honor the Mars rover Curiosity. Science + art = the best.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Blue dog blues

Blue and pink corgi sticker (?) on Willy St. - really brightens/adorables up the neighborhood.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A soldier and his headless, mutant turtles

Gotta love the isthmus. Found this charming little tableau on E. Wilson while biking from work yesterday - I'd miss these things entirely if I spent more time in a car, frankly.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Charge bayonets!

Kind of an old-timey soldier thing going on here - pretty sure the artist is USB, because one of their logos was right about this stencil, but I could be wrong (correct me if you know better: madstreetart AT A cool little piece, nonetheless.

Friday, August 3, 2012

FRNZ strikes again

The funny thing is that this tag appears to have been done on top of a hastily applied layer of paint hiding some older graffiti on this wall.

Friday, July 27, 2012


This is a cool thing. And I learned something new from it, too. Re-posted from here.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Spectacular new mural at the Willy St. Co-op

This gorgeous new mural is being painted (in the midst of a serious heat wave, by the way) at the Willy St. Co-op by Brazilian street artist Panmela Castro. The wall had been a blank white slate for years, threatening blindness and heat stroke to passing pedestrians (well, that's what it felt like, anyway).

I'm so happy to see a business recognizing the value of covering bare wall space with beautiful art. I hope we see more places follow suit.

There will be a dedication of this mural on Friday, July 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the co-op, 1221 Williamson St.: "The Friends of Williamson Street Art Center together with Marquette Neighborhood Association and the Willy St Coop announce the dedication of a mural celebrating the unity of women. Panmela’s work, sponsored by Vital Voices around the globe, reminds us that women in many parts of the world suffer oppression."

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Boo! I see you

This little Boo is currently haunting a window on State Street near the old Jack's Shoes.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

SOLVE: Still in the streets, and our heartbeats

SOLVE and our Heartbeats - Still in the Streets
This piece just went up at Mother Fool's as part of the annual celebration of Brandon "SOLVE" Scanlon's life held by the McGlynn-Scanlon family.

The work is by well-known Chicago street artists Nice One and Tara D, photographed by Bill Scanlon (SOLVE's dad).

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Fighting Aces


This is a pair of really beautiful, multi-color stencils on the spit of bike path behind the Union Corners wasteland. The detail on the nose of the fighter planes is especially stunning (click the image for a better look), but really, the whole set is just super well done. Kudos to whoever the artist is on these.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

My head is on FIRE

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Ghost Rider? I'm not sure, but this killer flaming pilot/biker skull head thing is a pretty great stencil. The text probably explains it, but I'm terrible at reading graffiti scripts. Anyone?

Seen on the little spit of bike path behind the Union Corners wasteland. There were a number of great stencils there, actually, to be posted in coming days.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Cthulhu on a train > snakes on a plane

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This stencil of Cthulhu is just plain awesome. There, I said it. I was driving by and caught the image out of the corner of my eye, so pulled into a nearby parking lot, ran across a busy road, hopped through some tall grass, scrambled across a few railroad tracks to take this picture.

No idea if this is by a Madison-area artist since it's on the side of a train, of course, but this particular set of cars tends to sit for awhile and I hadn't noticed it previously, so there's a good chance it is. Regardless, it's super cool.

Monday, May 7, 2012

DOOM on tape

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DOOM! is trademarked, y'all. And this is a great sticker. On Jenifer Street, near east side.

Friday, May 4, 2012

It's electric!

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This is what we'd call an instructional/safety paste-up. Spotted in an alley near East Towne Mall by Scott M.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Glasses, bandana, headphones

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Hipsters hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil. Along the commuter bike on the near east side.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Grafiteira from Rio de Janeiro in Madison

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Brazilian artist Panmela Castro painted the graffiti wall at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse Tuesday. Castro, also known as Anarkia, is a grafiteira from Rio de Janeiro known for calling attention to domestic violence and for working to empower women. The rotating graffiti wall at Mother Fool's, 1101 Williamson St., has been in use since fall 2001.

The mural is stunning, by the way.

Saturday, February 25, 2012


Halp by signejb
Halp, a photo by signejb on Flickr.

This is kind of adorable.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Spray Can Alchemists

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Big, nice, new (?) graffiti wall on the side of the Alchemy.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Keep your mouth shut

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Corner of E. Mifflin and N. Webster Streets downtown. Almost impossible to keep track of all the political stickers and chalking near the Capitol these days.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Flowers bloom in winter

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Nice big, bold, colorful piece on the graffiti wall at Mother Fools right now. Adds some much-needed color to the otherwise snowy, muddy winter.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Blink and you'll miss it - temporary art in Madison

Performance of Bobbette Rose's paintings and Jeffrey Pohorski's images being projected over Betsy Delzer's paintings on a University Avenue apartment building.

Now this really is a clever idea, and very cool that the City of Madison is supporting it via the Madison Arts Commission.
BLINK is an opportunity for experimental, ad-hoc, temporary works of art to sprout up throughout the community and vanish leaving residents and visitors eager to see what is next. Madison neighborhoods and urban areas are open canvases. The possibilities for creations on open spaces, construction sites, and public parks will provide a glimpse of how the world looks through an artist’s eyes.

You can submit your own proposal for a temporary art installation via the above-linked website. They're taking applications now until Feb. 1, 2012.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Yield to the bird

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