This Mix Tape A & B mural, by artist Erik Hoogen, is located at Silver Moon Brewing in Bend, Oregon. Erik worked on this labor of love seasonally for two years. This large work of art is located in a narrow alley so instead of trying to show it in one photo, I took several.
I am so impressed by this mural! It’s difficult to paint with a monotone palette and Erik made it look easy.
He captured the essence of these musicians from different times and genres.
Many of the musicians are portrayed in iconic poses.
However, Erik also showed his sense of humor. Can you find a glam rock musician with his fingers in his ears in one of these photos? Did you spot the rapper drinking a Silver Moon beer?
He also incorporated powerful words to go along with the images. On one side it says,
A painting is music U can see. Music is a painting U can hear.Miles Davis
On the other side, it says, “One Love, Unity, & Respect” and “Cheers.”
There are small touches of color in this mural. Did you notice the orange butterflies fluttering among the musicians?
And what about that door? In reality, it’s just an ordinary exterior door. I love how he made it into something amazing!
For a peek at a mural inside Silver Moon, see Pub Art at Silver Moon Brewing.
Some of the codes restricting where murals could be located in Bend were eliminated in 2019. Mix Tape A & B is one of the many murals that have appeared in the past couple of years as a result of that change. Lucky us!