Marka 27's DILLA IS FOREVER.
Birdcap's mural Freestyle Congregation on Oakland Ave
From middle to right, Torrence Jayy and JC3 murals on Oakland Ave. at the One Mile art space
Sentrock's Detroit’s Creative Industry mural
Problak's mural on Oakland Ave
Strip of murals behind KAN Books, Sheefy McFly mural prominently featured on right
Sydney James and Birdcap immortalize Detroit Pistons on E Milwaukee Avenue
Tylonn J. Sawyer mural of his nephews fighting aliens off E Grand Blvd on St. Antoine
Tzu Poré working on All Blends Black_ behind Stef-n-Ty Boutique Coffee Shop
Zoë Boston mural on the Jam Handy building on E Grand Blvd
Wolfe Pack's mural on E Grand Blvd
Sydney James mural on Oakland Ave
Color rained over Oakland Avenue and surrounding streets this past week as more than 20 national and local artists gathered to participate in the first-ever BLKOUT Walls Mural Festival.
The seven-day celebration of Black artists included live mural painting, artist panel discussions, walking tours and community workshops, and left the North End and adjacent New Center area boasting dozens of vibrant new murals.
Artists Sydney G. James (Detroit), Thomas Detour Evans (Denver), and Max Sansing (Chicago) created the biannual, family-friendly event held July 24-31, as a result of too often finding themselves some of the only Black artists featured in mural festivals across the country. The trio is out to change this by bringing BLKOUT Walls Mural Festival, a support and celebration of Black artists, to new locations and home to Detroit every other summer.
Stroll through the photo story below to enjoy some of the new art gracing commercial buildings in and around the historic North End neighborhood. Find out more about artists and sponsors at https://www.blkoutwalls.com/
and on Instagram at @blkoutwallsfest
. All photos by Nick Hagen.