The best street art in Indianapolis

Murals just keep popping up everywhere in the Circle City! I love the colorful vibes they add to our neighborhoods. If you’re looking for some new spots for a perfect photo backdrop, keep reading for locations and Instagram inspiration.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway! This bright mural is inside the speedway, not too far from the pagoda which is one of the most popular backdrops for the month of May. Visit the museum year-round and if you live in Johnson County, Indiana, you can check out a museum pass for 50% off general admission to the museum from the Johnson County Public Library.

4790 West 16th Street


Fountain Square is FULL of murals, many which I
highlighted in my first ever mural guide to Indianapolis. But new ones keep popping up all the time, including this cool two-toned green wall next to 317 Juicery.  When you’re done snapping a photo, pop in and pick up a four pack of carrot juice – it’s so delicious!

1354 Shelby Street

This colorful mural can also be found in Fountain Square. It’s right across the street from the green wall, on the side of an eye care place.

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1429 Shelby St.

You can find this tough looking pup behind The Hero House comic book store in Fountain Square. There are a couple others around it as well, including a robot and a Tardis.

1112 Prospect Street.

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Jules Muck recently spend a few days in Indianapolis, blessing us with her quirky street art, including this tribute to Dolly Parton. There’s been some controversy over other murals she’s done around the city, including people getting mad because she’s not local, but I say there’s enough space for everyone. I’ll be checking more of them out for future mural guides!

653 Virgina Ave.

Bigger than life, Reggie Miller is the latest famous person mural to crop up near Mass Ave. Miller played for the Indiana Pacers (our NBA team) from 1987 – 2005 and remains one of the most loved athletes to ever wear a Pacers’ jersey.

127 E. Michigan St.

Shout out to my friend Forensic Fashion Notes who peeped this colorful mural on the side of Greek’s Pizza off 16th street. She knows the owners, but they were closed the day we went, so we had to climb a small fence to take a photo (with owner permission, of course). If you find yourself craving something good to eat, hop on over to Greek’s then snap a picture in front of this colorful and uplifting piece of art.

1601 Colombia Ave.

Last year, my favorite rainbow wall was torn down to make way for more apartments and a CVS downtown. However, this one still exists and I had no idea it was there until recently! There are two other murals nearby too.

1049 Southeastern Avenue

 


Just around the corner from the rainbow wall are these cool tools! I believe the building is vacant, but it’s right next to Angie’s List which has another retro Quaker Oats mural on the side of their building. So you can knock out three very different pieces of art right in a couple blocks of each other.

130 E Washington St.

 


Here’s the Quaker Oats mural I was talking about! It’s so retro – I’m not sure the story behind it, but it’s been there for a really long time.

Remember the rainbow wall I mentioned earlier that was torn down? Well these two stunning murals from Kelsey Montague were put up in the same area and are so pretty! She’s famous for the wings murals you see all over the country and her latest installment at City Way might be my favorite set she’s designed.

These are around the corner from Qdoba at The City Way. 229 Delaware St
Across from The Alexander, 333 South Delaware St.

If retro is your jam, take a trip to Rock Cola Cafe in the Irvington area! This 50s style diner not only has some fun murals on the side of their building, but it’s full of other vintage photo spots inside.

5730 S Brookville Rd.

Another one of Jules Muck’s murals – the KISS cats can be found on the side of Chuck’s Coney Island. This part of town is a bit sketchy, so I’m going to recommend that you take a friend with you. There was a guy parked in the parking lot when I pulled up and he got out of his car to take a photo of me. He said the owner is his cousin and he’s being paid to watch the mural because people have threatened to vandalize it. Maybe – either way, it was kind of weird. He didn’t bother me, but I didn’t stick around real long after that.

2932 East 10th Street

Finally, this “Dream Big” mural is on the side of a doggie daycare. It’s super bright and fun and there are some cute dogs painted around the side of the building too. I just happened to see this one while driving on the interstate. It’s not too far from the rainbow wall or tools mural.

925 E. Vermont Street

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Lexington Mural Guide

Several of my best friends live in Lexington, KY, so I usually make a trip down there a few times a year for girls nights or Friendsgiving celebrations. A few weeks ago, Paul McCartney played at Rupp Arena and I met up with my gal pals, along with my mom and dad, and we all went to the concert.

I’ve never really gone looking for murals in Lexington before, so since the weather was nice and I had nothing else going on, I left Indianapolis a few hours early and decided to hunt some down! Surprisingly, there aren’t a lot in the town that the University of Kentucky calls home, but I found some cute ones nonetheless!

This cool train mural is on the side of a bar – I especially enjoy the message. It makes me want to spontaneously buy a plane ticket somewhere and just go!

375 Thompson Road

I stumbled upon this pretty mermaid while looking for the “I Love You Kentucky” mural – they are in the same neighborhood, which had a bunch of really cute shops I would have liked to go in, but I didn’t have a lot of extra time for shopping. There are also some pretty plain color walls in this neighborhood too.

 

Near Shop Local Kentucky, 212 Woodland Avenue

This next mural, on the side of Hive Salon, is ridiculously cute! My family had bees growing up and I would help my dad with the beehives, so I really loved the aesthetic of  the mural on the side of their building.

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Hive Salon, 156 Deweese Street

Right across the street from Hive, is the mural of Louie Armstrong, the late jazz musician.

Also in the same vicinity, this super cute fox! You will see it from both Louis Armstrong and Hive, so park at one and walk across the road if you want to get a photo of it.

Hair salons seem to be the mural hubs of Lexington, you can find this Kentucky Legends mural on the side of Floyd’s 99 Barbershop. I was kind of confused by George Clooney until I did some research and discovered he was born in Lexington. Also pictured are Loretta Lynn, Chris Stapleton and Anthony Davis.

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop, 124 Malabu Dr.

Honest Abe is AMAZING! He is located on the back of the Kentucky Theater and pays homage to one of my favorite U.S. Presidents who grew up in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.

214 E. Main Street

Finally, this super cute Kentucky mural can be found at Shop Local Kentucky. If you find any that I didn’t see, please tag me in your photos or leave a picture in the comments! I would love to see them and check them out next time I’m in town.

Cincinnati’s Colorful Wall Murals

I don’t know if you’ve ever visited Cincinnati, Ohio or not, but they’ve got a great mural scene going for them. There were murals everywhere you turned – so many that I couldn’t get pictures of them all because I ran out of time!

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You’ll find snap shots of my favorites in this post, along with where to find them in case you want to go exploring on your own. And then when you’re done, make your way to Over the Rhine for some great food, game bars or axe throwing.

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This fun Cincinati, OH mural is on the corner of Reading Rd. and E. 12th Street. There really isn’t a good place to park, but if you drive around the corner and park on Pendleton Street, you’ll be at the entrance to Boliver Alley, and can walk down it and get to this mural that way.

Once you’ve taken your photo at the Cincinnati mural, make your way back down Boliver Alley for the coolest mural experience all in one place.

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Downtown, near OTR, you will find everything from cats, zombies, food to vintage toys.

Crazy Cat mural is located at 1120 Walnut Street and has a parking lot in front of it, so you can park here, then walk to some of the other murals in the area.
This Zombie mural is right across the parking lot from the cat mural.
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This one reminds me of something out of the 70s! It can be found at 311 East 13th Street.

 

 

Lookin’ Good mural, which has neon lights around it, is right around the corner from the cat mural.
This one shares a parking lot with the Lookin’ Good Mural.

 

This one is on the corner of E. Central Parkway and Eggleston.
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Classic Toy Mural, located at 23 W Court St.
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You’ll have to drive out of downtown for this fun mural. Located in Reading, this serves as a welcome to the Reading Bridal District and can be found at 11 Benson Street, Reading, OH 45215.

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Part of the legend series, this mural pays tribute to Annie Oakley in the neighborhood where she was born and grew up. 3211 Madison Road.

There are many others I didn’t get a chance to photograph, like James Brown, Neil Armstrong, and the flying pig. However, you can download a handy map of the murals in Cincinnati to see what else I missed.

Have fun exploring!

 

 

 

 

The Best Murals in Louisville

“LOVE” mural: found right across the street from the Butchertown Crossfit, 37 Buchanan St. 

This past weekend my friends and I had a “Galentine’s Day” get-together in Lexington, KY. The drive from Indianapolis to Lexington takes me through Louisville, and since the day was bright and sunny, I decided to leave a few hours early to chase some street art in the city made famous by the Kentucky Derby.

I’m sure I only covered about half of the murals in town, and many of the neighborhoods I drove through had so many other pieces of street art that if you go, you might find something even more unique than the walls I found.

Flower Mural on the side of the Red Tree Furniture Store, 701 E Market St.

These next few murals are all within blocks of each other; a word of caution – this neighborhood was kind of sketchy. Since it was during the daylight, I didn’t feel terribly unsafe, but I would probably take a friend with me if I went again. These are in the Shelby Park area.

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On the side of Red Top, 1127 Logan St. I should have been paying more attention to what Red Top is because apparently it’s a gourmet hot dog place & who doesn’t love hot dogs??

This raven mural is one of my favorites! I love the literature vibes it gives off and the raven seems like it might be some kind of nod to Edgar Allen Poe.

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Right across the street from Red Dog.

This next mural, on the side of Scarlet’s Bakery screams spring! I love all the swirly pastel colors and had to take several selfies in front of this one 🙂

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Scarlet’s Bakery, 741 E Oak St

A few feet away from Scarlet’s, you will find this other bright mural with primary colors.

A few blocks over is this super cool “To the Top” mural which was designed by the Often Seen, Rarely Spoken group. They painted it on the side of Abell Elevator.

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1256 Logan St.

On the wall adjacent to To the Top, is a fun geometric mural.

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Then literally right down the street (you can see it from To the Top) is another geometric design, which from a distance is supposed to look like flowers. I didn’t see it really, but I also didn’t go across the street. I also probably should have worn sunglasses so my eyes weren’t so squinty in this photo, haha.

This next one is a favorite of mine! Also on the side of a bakery, the bacon and donuts mural is so cute! It was tricky to get this shot because it’s shorter than me and I had to prop my tripod up and angle it weird, but I think the picture turned out pretty good anyway!

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Nord’s Bakery, 2118 S Preston St.

And finally, the mecca of murals, the Greetings from Louisville mural that’s near UofL and Churchill Downs. The details that Greetings Tour puts into these murals is stunning and I hope they make it to Indianapolis one day!

1101 Central Ave.