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The Most Photo-Worthy Murals of San Francisco

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From the Golden Gate Bridge to the Painted Ladies, San Francisco is one of the most Instagrammable cities in the U.S. What most people don’t know is that it is also one of the top three cities in the country for murals just behind Los Angeles and Chicago. Being a perfect-photo-seeking-junkie like myself, I am always on a look out for that best backdrop. There is much more to include in this list today, but below are the three that I find most noteworthy.

There are thousands of murals in San Francisco with a few spots being dedicated to new and everchanging art such as Clarion Alley and Balmy Alley. Down each of these streets you can find the walls covered in hundreds of artists work that are added constantly for a new experience every time you visit. There are quite a few street artists that frequent San Francisco with their murals but these are a few of the key artists who create consistently beautiful commissions for the city:  

1. James Reka  (@rekaone)

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Melbourne, Australia based artist, James Reka, has a very distinct style of art based off of his background of pop-art logo design. Reka has murals all over Europe in places such as Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, France and much more. He has two murals in San Francisco that stand out against the urban plane of the muted grey buildings.

Most famously, we have his mural named “Peace. Man” on the corner of Hyde and McAllister in the Tenderloin. This piece of art stands 60 ft tall and is rich in color and detail. His work stands somewhere in between graffiti and sharp design creating a work of art you really must see when visiting SF.

2. Fnnch (@fnnch)

Fnnch is a local legend in San Francisco known for his iconic honey bears and bold lip designs all over the city in places such as Alamo Square Park, Duboce Park, Hayes Valley green, Cole Valley green, and on sidewalks and mailboxes in the Lower Haight and Mission district. This first popular back drop of red lips is located in North Beach at 700 Columbus Ave.

Fnnch believes that art should be everywhere which is why he expands his work all over San Francisco both indoor and outdoor. This next spot features his famous honey bears and have become a constant destination for photo ops. This particular family of bears is located on a garage at 1172 Oak Street near the Panhandle.

3. Ricky Watts (@rickywatts)

Ricky Watts street art mural in San Francisco

Ricky Watts, San Francisco native, has created many works of art all over the bay area starting back in 2004 with his first solo exhibition at the Boomerang Gallery in Petaluma, CA called “Spontaneous Combustion.” Watts is a self-taught visual artist most known for his abstract works containing fluid shapes and psychedelic color gradients.

After seeing one of his pieces you will likely recognize his distinct work anywhere you go. This particular piece is located in Brannan at 4th Street in San Francisco.

While the most common tourist destinations can be an appealing background for your next instagram photo. These few murals may be an interesting part of San Francisco to feature that not many people know about. So next time you are in the city, make sure to snap a photo in front of these murals and tag the artists for a chance to be featured on their pages!

Do you have some other artists that are a must see in SF? Drop me a line below so I can check them out!

Thank you for reading and keep styling.

Co authored by Shae Ingrahm.

OIia Kedik

11 Discussion to this post

  1. Monidipa Dutta says:

    Lovely place to get pictures clicked. And lovely pics too.Awesome place it looks like to to visit.

  2. Jessica Taylor says:

    Oh wow! These are beautiful pieces of art! I bet they are even more beautiful in person!

  3. Heather says:

    I’m so jealous! I wish we had murals like that in our town! I would take pictures of them all the time.

  4. Laura Dove says:

    Oh what gorgeous photos! I love what a great place that is for photographers, fab back drops and lovely and bright!

  5. These are so bright and fun. Most of the murals I see around here are more historic and brown. It would be nice to see some color.

  6. Heather says:

    I love the Ricky Watts one! So beautiful!

  7. Sundeep says:

    Great place to click pictures. In the world of Social Media these places are heaven specially for Insta users. Eye catching pictures clicked by you. Thanks for sharing

  8. Chin chin says:

    Murals don’t just add art and beauty to a place, they also serve as a place of opportunity for more stories of people to unfold

  9. stacey says:

    These are great. I love finding interesting mural artwork when I travel.

  10. Eric kay says:

    San Francisco is such an amazing city. A lot funner then anywhere here in Utah

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