Jolt honors cycling in his latest mural at the Oskar Blues-owned Cyclhops in Longmont

Categories: Art, Street Art

On New Year's Eve, the Longmont-based Oskar Blues brewery will open the latest in its ever-expanding empire of craft-beer-themed restaurants and businesses. Cyclhops Bike CANtina, at 600 Airport Road in Longmont, will be a Mexican-style restaurant with twenty beers on tap, along with 43 premium tequilas and room for 300 people.

But it will also serve as a showcase for well-known graffiti artist Jolt, a Denver local, Westword MasterMind and artistic mover and shaker who was most recently spotted decorating the side of Little Man Ice Cream.

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Jolt collaborates with Little Man to give LoHi a new landmark

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Alex Brown
LoHi is one of the hottest real estate markets in town -- and Little Man Ice Cream is one of the businesses that's made the area so cool. The man behind the iconic Little Man just teamed up with Jolt, a graffiti artist and Westword MasterMind, to create another landmark for the neighborhood: a mural behind Little Man.

"We felt that Jolt, with his native roots in the neighborhood, was the perfect artist for our initial concept," says Paul Tamburello, owner of Little Man and the visionary behind the LoHi Marketplace, a bustling hub of retailers and restaurants in Lower Highland that's located in and around the original Olinger's complex.

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Menswear Mondays: Drawer Daniel Donez on his autumn fashion

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All photos by Mauricio O. Rocha
Sunday brought the start of autumn, and Denver's street style reflected that transition. For progressive menswear, we didn't need to look further than Daniel Donez, a local student and artist we spotted carrying his own artwork that complemented his black and white look. Keep reading to learn where he shops, his favorite accessory and his style icon.

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Photos: Ooh la la! Denver Art Museum goes Parisian

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All photos by Nate Hemmert
The Denver Art Museum gave its outdoor plaza a Parisian makeover this week, complete with café tables, streetlamps and even a few local artists painting in the courtyard. The transformation was designed to announce the start of public ticket sales for DAM's fall exhibit, Passport to Paris, and a fifteen-foot Eiffel Tower and the Colorado Symphony Horn Ensemble, along with a fresh crepe cart and the Bistro Bus, helped transport passersby on Tuesday afternoon. Keep reading for a look at Paris on the Platte.

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Denver StreetHeart encourages people to connect with the city through street art

Categories: Street Art

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Mural by Keno Gonzales at 5th Sun Cafe.
Adam Lichty wants Denverites to walk more -- and see a lot more. That's the motivation for Denver Streetheart, which collects street art from around the city and shares photos on Instagram with Lichty's 1,500 followers. But he doesn't want the experience to stop there. He wants people to go out and see the art for themselves. "One of the many goals is to get people to see the work, know where the work is at," he explains. "If they're out and about with a little bit of time, or if they're going from point A to B, it's really easy just to hop on the Instagram channel, look at the map and go, 'Okay, what's around me? Can I diverge my path by a block or two and enjoy some street art?'"

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ArtLab helps to create the newest mural in the Globeville community

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Emilie Johnson
What was once just an I-70 underpass at the corner of 46th Avenue and Lincoln Street in Globeville is being transformed into a work of art.

With the help of well-known muralist Jolt, a Westword MasterMind whose Guerilla Garden studio is in the area, kids in the PlatteForum's ArtLab are creating a one-of-a-kind mural focused on the history of the neighborhood. To help prepare for the project, the young artists researched the history of Globeville, so that this would be an accurate addition the community would be proud of.

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- Tagging Globeville
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Muralist and artist Emanuel Martinez's career was lit decades ago by a matchstick

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E. Martinez
Like most street artists who grew up in Denver, Emanuel Martinez started painting as a youngster on the street -- and outside the law. "I started my first mural when I was thirteen, in a school for juvenile delinquents," he says. "That was more than fifty years ago."

And hundreds of pieces of art later. Today Martinez lives in Morrison, and you can find his work in Colorado as well as in other states and countries. In fact, Martinez just returned from a small village in Belize, where he and the community worked for three days to create a community mural -- his favorite kind.

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- Street artist Gamma is laying out Longmont's history, one spray can at a time
- Guerilla Garden founder Jolt on the changing history and perception of street art
- Track your favorite Denver street art with our interactive Google map


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Street artist Gamma is laying out Longmont's history, one spray can at a time

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Gamma Gallery Facebook page
Gamma began the mural with an image of Chief Niwot (bigger picture on next page).
Finding a wall in the city and making it his own is how Gamma Acosta began his career in art. Since then, he has become one of the best-know street artist in the Denver/Longmont area. But it didn't happen overnight. "It was just through word of mouth," he says. "I just started painting and people just started talking about it."

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- Gamma Acosta on Street Cred, graffiti and the importance of street art
- Cheba Hut downtown has new murals by Gamma Acosta


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Muralist Mark Cline on working for himself and how art keeps him alive

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Mark Cline
What started simply as a passion led to a career and a way out of a halfway house for Mark Cline, who has become a successful street artist, muralist and chalk artist. It's a profession, he says, that allows him to do exactly what he was born to do.

"I am an artist," says Cline. "I am also a musician but I like art more because I can depend on myself and not have to depend on others. It's keeping me alive."

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- Guerilla Garden founder Jolt on the changing history and perception of street art
- Track your favorite Denver street art with our interactive Google map
- Unseen Denver: Fifteen photos of secret Mile High street art


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Guerilla Garden founder Jolt on the changing history and perception of street art

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Jolt at Guerilla Garden, the art gallery he founded.
Back before the organized bike paths, the boom of posh lofts and even the construction of Elitch's, downtown Denver painted a very different scene -- a scene of abandoned buildings, empty factories and graffiti.

Lots and lots of graffiti.

"Denver has always had a big scene for (graffiti)," says Jolt, one of the best-known names in Denver street art. "Being from north Denver and eleven years old or so in '93, when the scene was really booming, the influence was just around me in the neighborhood. It was easily accessible. It's a culture I grew up in."

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- Jolt gets some justice from Gangland
- Track your favorite Denver street art with our interactive Google map
- Gamma Acosta on Street Cred, graffiti and the importance of street art


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