Sour Grapes has come a long way since Arturo Donjuan, founding member, would wake up hours before junior high to tag around Oak Cliff. Arturo, along with brothers Carlos, Miguel and about 10 other artists, comprise the group, whose portfolio and influence are growing.
Whether you know it or not, you've probably seen some of their work -- and you're about to see a whole lot more.
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Sour Grapes just finished a mural for the Belmont Hotel. The wall near I-30 and Sylvan Avenue is now adorned with 3D-looking smiling sky-scrapers and some of Sour Grapes' signature popsicle-esque characters.
Starting in mid-July they'll begin work on a $50,000 piece, commissioned by the city, to beautify the Jefferson Viaduct's Zang and Marsalis entry/exitways. They plan to finish sometime in August, which is good because they've already been commissioned by VICE to make a Brisk mural in Houston. Unlike the Belmont Hotel wall, this mural has been sketched and planned out because one of the characters will be made into a vinyl toy by LRG.
In January 2014, the crew takes its talent to Milan, where it will work on a mural for Cinelli bikes. Carlos Donjuan, an art professor at UTA, will also be doing an art show.
In addition to doing art all around the world, Arturo, who day-lights as a barber, will soon open a new old-fashioned barber shop on Mockingbird Lane. The shop will offer classic cuts and straight razor shaves.