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The 2 Bit Saloon in Ballard

I wrote here about the 2 Bit Saloon in Ballard and it’s excellent equine sign.  And also traced the etymology of the bar’s name from “Big Shagatha” to “2 Bit.”  The most recent change in ownership and the addition of the “2” happened last year.  The Ballard News Tribune has the full story here about the couple from Burien that leased, renovated, and reopened the bar in May 2010.  The female partner, Jessica Young, is an experienced bar tender, her male counterpart apparently has “lots of experience in going to bars.”  I’m sure he knew that would come in handy some day.

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Look, no bikes.

It’s hard to keep a good man down, or something like that.  One Henry mural in Ballard gets whitewashed, another four times as large and twice as bright appears.  This is the new one, just a couple of days old on the building that now houses Axis Automotive at Russell and 20th NW.  Mechanic Alex Share says he wanted his new business to stand out.  It certainly caught my attention.

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15th Ave NW -- Before (via bochalla on flickr)

I wrote here about the damaged “Henry” panels on the commercial building near Ballard Bridge in Seattle.  Further north, I noticed the other day that the above mural has been painted out.  Not sure why.  It’s been there for a while and tended to attract tags.  But the most recent activity appeared to be somebody starting to “restore” the piece (i.e., covering the graffiti with fresh paint).  Either way, looks like they gave up with the restoration, if that’s what it was, and instead gave the whole thing a serious whitewashing.

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Predators, Wild Burritos

I wrote here a few weeks ago about the excellent Pho Bac mural on Rainier Avenue in south Seattle.  North of the Pho Bac mural near the intersection of Rainier and Walker is another mural, featuring among other things the above images.  It’s maybe not clear from the above image, but the mural is a mix of stuff from a number of local artists, known collectively as the Predators of the Wild.  The group includes a bunch of people I’ve not heard of — Xavier Lopez, Maggie Harbaugh, Andrew Miller, Starheadboy, and Narboo — and one I have, Ryan Henry Ward.

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She's got her Walkman on

Get Directions from Google maps and Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood is just 10 to 12 miles from Ballard, depending on the route.  I have to say it feels much further.  But Columbia City is a cool place and you can’t always chose where your friends live.  Take Rainier Ave, the scenic route.  Make a day of it, there’s plenty to see, including this very cool mural.  I’ve had a look online and drawn a complete blank on this one.  No photos, no discussion.  Nothing.

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After -- March 2011

This building sits at NW 49th and 15th Ave NW just to the north of the Ballard Bridge, and helps mark one of the main points of entry to Ballard.  The Henry murals have been there a long time, and the building has been for sale for years.  The real estate listing identifies it as “The Classic Henry Building in the heart of Ballard.”  Three of the seven photos advertising the building feature Henry murals.

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December 2010

“Welcome to Historic Highway 99” is apparently the name of this mural-in-progress located at what the Aurora Avenue Merchants Association describes as “the wonderful intersection of 105th and Aurora” in North Seattle.  I drive through this intersection most weekdays and wonderful isn’t the word that usually comes to mind.  Maybe they’re being sarcastic, but I don’t think so.  The mural is located on the south side of the vacant building that formerly housed a Check Masters Payday Loans and Check Cashing operation, the sort of business that you’d expect to see thriving in today’s economic climate.

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