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Famous Austin Street Art and Murals

Greetings from Austin Mural

Austin, Texas is not only known as “The Live Music Capital of the World” but it’s also home to several famous street murals. These murals are iconic to Austin, Texas with each a unique backstory. Many of these murals are painted on the side of local business establishments. It’s been really fun to discover each mural and to find out its history and story of it. These art exhibits have added to the “Keep Austin Weird” theme. The list below is a few famous Instagrammable murals worth visiting on your stop in Austin, Texas.

Top Austin Street Art and Murals

I Love You So Much

Artist: Amy Cook

Story: In 2010, a local musician Amy Cook spray painted a love letter to her partner Liz Lambert, owner at Jo’s Coffee on South Congress. It’s located on the side of Jo’s Coffee. “I love you so much” mural is now one of the most famous Murals in Austin.

Location: Located on the side of Jo’s Coffee. 1300 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Parking: There is parking in the nearby parking garage or on the side streets. Be mindful that South Congress is a popular spot, and it can get very busy.

Greetings from Austin

Artist: Todd Sanders

Story: “Greetings from Austin” is another popular mural worth visiting. Originally painted by Todd Sanders, the owner of Roadside Relics, alongside his friend Roy Skagen in 1998. It was updated by the community in 2013.

Location: Located on the side of Roadside Relics. 1720 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

Parking: There is street parking nearby.

You’re My Butter Half

Artist: John Rockwell

Story: “You’re My Butter Half” is an Instagrammable mural in Austin. Created by John Rockwell of Creative Suitcase in collaboration with United Way. It’s located in the United Way building on East Austin. It was defaced in January [see pic above]. It has since been restored by a touchup muralist. The current owner of the building got a laugh out of it. The original was done with anti-defacing paint so restoration was fairly quick.

Location: Located on the side of United Way. 2000 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78702

Parking: There is street parking nearby.

Hi, How Are You?

Artist: Daniel Johnston

Story: “Hi, How Are You” is a cool Mural painted by Daniel Johnston who was a singer-songwriter active in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. The original owner of the building it is painted on was Sound Exchange which was a big part of the Austin music scene. The building has had several owners since. In 2018, Austin’s mayor declared January 22nd to be “Hi, How Are You” Day to celebrate mental wellness.

Location: 1115 W Lynn St., Austin, TX 78703

Parking: There is street parking nearby.

Austin, Texas

Artist: Kerry Awn

Story: A postcard-style mural of “Austin, Texas” by Kerry Awn is located on the side of Planet K in downtown Austin. Kerry Awn is an American cartoonist, actor, muralist, comedian, musician, iconographer, and poster artist. He also has several murals in Austin.

Location: Located on the side of Planet K. 3700 Guadalupe St. Austin, TX 78705

Parking: There is parking in the back or next door by Starbucks.

Love From Austin

Artist: Charlie Copp

Story: “Love from Austin” is an iconic Austin street art mural that is worth visiting. It was created by local artist Charlie Copp of Lymbo Clothing in 2016. It’s located on the famous South Congress (SoCo) on the side of Prima Dora, a unique Austin gift shop.

Location: Located on the side of Prima Dora. 1912 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Parking: There is parking in the nearby parking garage or on the side streets. Be mindful that South Congress is a popular spot, and it can get very busy.

Willie For President

Artist: The mural was drawn by Jacqui Oakley with type and background designed by Erick Montes and painted by Joe Swec.

Story: The Stag Provisions For Men teamed up artists, Jacqui Oakley, Erick Montes, and Joe Swec to create the mural “Willie for President” with red and white rays extending from the center to the outside of the picture. Willie Nelson, a well-known country singer, is an Austin local who has made an impact on Austin.

Location: Located on the side of Stag Provisions For Men. 100 East Elizabeth Street, Austin Texas 78701

Parking: There is parking in the nearby parking garage or on the side streets. Be mindful that South Congress is a popular spot, and it can get very busy.

Greetings From The Heart of Texas

Story: This cool mural is on the entrance of Gueros Taco Bar.

Location: Located in front of Gueros Taco Bar. 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin, Texas 78704

Parking: There is parking in the nearby parking garage or on the side streets. Be mindful that South Congress is a popular spot, and it can get very busy.

South Congress SoCo

Artist: Rory Skagen

Story: The “SOCO” mural by Skagen is an homage to the history and people of South Congress, as well as a postcard reminder that all are welcome here.

Location: Located on the side of Hudson Meat Market. 1800 S. Congress, Austin, Texas 78704

Parking: There is parking in the nearby parking garage or on the side streets. Be mindful that South Congress is a popular spot, and it can get very busy.

Austin Open Wide

Story: This fun mural artwork is on side of Hop Doddy on South Congress.

Location: Located on the side of Hop Doddy. 1400 S. Congress Avenue Suite A190, Austin, TX 78704

Parking: There is parking in the nearby parking garage or on the side streets. Be mindful that South Congress is a popular spot, and it can get very busy.

ATX Sign

Artist: Ion Art owned by husband-and-wife duo Greg and Sharon Keshishian

Story: The ATX Sculpture is not a mural, but it’s a very popular and instagrammable icon in downtown Austin. The ATX sculpture was designed to be an interactive public art installation. Designed by Ion Art for the original Whole Foods. In 2017, Whole Foods dedicated this sculpture to the city of Austin and its residents.

Location: Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

Parking: Whole Foods Parking

More Street Mural Art in Austin, Texas

There are so many street arts, murals, and art installations in Austin, Texas. More blog posts to come as I visit more of Austin’s art scene in the city.

What is your favorite street mural or art installation from this list?

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