One day in late spring, just before the weather got hot here in Dallas, I took my camera down to Deep Ellum. This is a hippie/artsy neighborhood just east of downtown. It’s seen the best of times and the worst of times. Today it’s somewhere in the middle, angling for its umpteenth gentrification. Deep Ellum is known for its street art: murals, stencils, tiles, graffiti and neon signs dot the landscape. Here are some of the best I found on a bright spring day.
There are several signs like this, but this one is in the best shape.
This sign has seen better days. I like how you can still sort of see the sign underneath it.
I like the way this old street sign was all cut up.
Burgers and beer. Two of my favorite things.
Went to this place recently. It was fun.
I like the little icons on this sign.
Never been here, but I like the sign.
No. This place is not still in business. Though I wish someone would fix it up.
Almost looks more like a TV network than a bar.
Welcome to 深 Ellum.
One of my favorite murals in Deep Ellum.
I love the Super Mario mural, though they painted over it recently.
This is what happened to the last guy trying to photograph the Mario mural
This looks like a Roy Liechtenstein painting, but without the halftone dots.
Which of the signs in this gallery do you like the most? And if you’ve been to Deep Ellum, is there a work of art that you particularly care for? Let me know in the comments section.