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Artist: Hoxxoh, Photo: by Edel Mohr

ZuluPainter and Thirst

About ZuluPainter and Thirst

Based out of: St. Petersburg
Jared Hernandez, also known as Thirst, is a prolific St. Pete muralist who has long been active in the local street art scene. His detailed artwork, found on walls throughout the area and across Florida, reveals a love of comic books and pop culture, showing vibrant depth through geometric shapes and patterns. Carlos Culbertson, known as Zulu Painter, is a local multi-media artist who works in traditional mediums as well as body paint, special effects and scenic art. An aerosol-based mural artist, Zulu Painter’s work can be seen across Florida and whose murals in Historic Midtown has lent to the art revitalization in this bustling area.
The shady 22nd Street South underpass in the Deuces neighborhood boasts four beautiful murals created by two artists based right here in St. Petersburg – Zulu Painter and Thirst.

The murals are on 22nd Street South, between 7th Avenue South and 9th Avenue South, just below busy I-275. They slope up both sides of the concrete embankment, 50 feet wide and 30 feet high.

These murals are part of the SHINE Festival’s Legacy Project. They’re a tribute to the musical past of this neighborhood and the Manhattan Casino, part of the “Chitlin Circuit” that brought musicians including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald to St. Petersburg.

During segregation years, African American musicians weren’t welcome to play at many white venues. The Manhattan Casino was part of a network of bars, barns, dancehalls, recreation centers, nightclubs, restaurants and concert halls where it was safe for African-American musicians to perform.
These colorful murals depict four musicians – a trumpet player, a pianist, a guitarist and a singer, two on each side of the street.

On the southwest corner is a trumpet player – a closeup of enormous hands, playing a horn. The gold trumpet stretches as tall as the mural. The fingers of one hand are on the valves, fingers pointed to our right. His other hand holds the horn, fingers pointed down.

His hands are shades of brown, disappearing into golden shirt cuffs. The trumpet and hands are realistic, but the cuffs break into pixelated blocks of gold, orange and blue. The mural is framed by stripes of light and dark purple, and huge flowers with pink and white petals.

On the northwest corner is a pianist. Across the top third of the mural is a huge piano keyboard, shaded in yellows, blues and purples, as if reflecting stage lights.

Rising from the bottom of the mural are two brown arms, the hands playing a chord at the center of the keyboard. The player’s forearms are broken into pixelated shades of brown.

Between the player’s arms, and stretching to the right, below the keyboard, is a pattern of swirling checkered squares in light and dark purple. On the left, below the keyboard, a pattern of purple vertical ovals on a light blue background. Emerging from the ground, scattered around the piano player’s arms, are yellow aster flowers.

On the northeast corner is a guitarist. The left side of the mural is patterns of concentric circles in lavender and purple, like patterns in the sand. Out of the circles, abstracted squares in many shades of brown become a giant, realistic hand strumming the top string of a light purple guitar.

The fingers are curled lightly and a brass pick is wrapped around his thumb. The guitar is much bigger than the mural – only the sound hole and fretboard, the top curve of the body and part of the neck fit on the wall.

The giant fretboard, in dark purple with lavender strings and fret lines, extends up and to our right, past the top of the mural. The player’s other hand forms a chord just a few frets from the guitar’s body. The wrist also dissolves into abstract squares of browns and tans, before it blends into a pattern of arcing squares of lavender, purple and blue. Huge yellow hibiscus blossoms with green leaves are scattered across the bottom, as tall as a person.

On the southeast corner is the singer. A woman in profile facing to our left, her shoulders just above the ground, head thrown back, singing into a huge old-fashioned microphone. Her image is larger than the mural – only her open lips, graceful cheek, wavy red-brown curls and the bottom curve of her nose fit on the wall.

Her skin is golden brown, darker towards the back as if she’s looking into a stage light. Curls of reddish-gold-brown hair, glinting in the light, fall to her neck and dissolve into abstract squares of browns, reds and tans that curve over her bare shoulder.

Her face aches with the emotion of the song. Her hand holds an old silver ribbon microphone, the style you might find in a photo of Billie Holiday. On the right side of the mural, the background is blue and purple geometric swirls, edging up to the back of her neck.

On the left, around the microphone and her lovely face, are alternating vertical stripes of light blue and light purple, scattered with big pink dots. White camellias with green leaves rise from the bottom of the mural, nestling around her hand and shoulders.

In the 1920s, the Manhattan Casino was one of the most important stops for African American touring musicians. Known as “The Home of Happy Feet,” it was the heart of this neighborhood for many years.

The Deuces neighborhood is home to many murals by ZuluPainter, including a view of the past and present of the neighborhood on the southeast corner of 22nd Street South and 9th Avenue South. And a few blocks south of here, on 22nd Street, a beautiful mural of Ella Fitzgerald.

Just west of 22nd Street, on 9th Avenue South, is the thriving Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, where you can pick up the African American Heritage Trail, marking important neighborhood sites from 1868 into the civil rights era.

Explore the African American Heritage Trail at stpete.org/parks_and_recreation/african_american_heritage_trail.

Visit the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum at woodsonmuseum.org.

Find out more about the history of Jazz in Florida at exhibits.lib.usf.edu/exhibits/show/jazz-in-florida/venues/florida-chitlin-circuit.

Title: Legacy

Address: 22nd St S & 7th Ave S

Building: underpass

Installation Date: 2017

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Ashley Cantero2022

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Tasko2022

Baghead2022

Nneka Jones2022

Amy Ilic-Volpe2022

Jason Harvin2022

Vitale Bros2022

Chad Mize2022

The Happy Mural Project2022

Greg Mike2021

Mwanel Pierre-Louis2021

Jenipher Chandley2021

Case Maclaim2021

Jared Wright2021

Bakpak Durden2021

Nicole Salgar2021

Ricky Watts2021

Gleo2021

Woes Martin2021

Jason Harvin2021

Miss Crit2021

Michael Fatutoa2021

Emily Ding2021

Reid Jenkins2021

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Jujmo2021

Leo Gomez2021

Ya La'Ford2021

iBOMS2021

Chad Mize 2021

Brain Storm2020

Brian Butler2020

Lili Yuan2020

Happy Mural Project2020

BASK2020

Tatiana Suarez2020

Elle LeBlanc2020

Mason Schwacke2020

Alex Yanes2020

Kenny Coil and Marc Berenguer2020

Nneka Jones and Bianca Burrows2020

IBOMS2020

Cecilia Lueza2019

George Rose2019

Morning Breath2019

Vitale Brothers2019

Cory Robinson-CLEAN Campaign2019

SHOK-12019

Taylor White2019

Reda3sb2019

Princess Smith2019

Brian McAlister, Gibbs High Mural Club and Boys & Girls Club Members2019

JR-Inside Out2019

Paola Delfin2019

Jimmy Breen and Anthony Freese2019

Drew Merritt2019

Low Bros2019

Jay Hoff2019

Taj Tenfold2019

Leo Gomez2019

Palehorse2019

Blaine Fontana and Plastic Birdie2019

David Charlton2019

Todd Frain and Creative Clay2019

Haider Ali2018

Ya La Ford2018

Gibbs Rounsavall2018

Angela Faustina2018

Bekky Beukes2018

LOOK The Weird2018

Belin2018

Melanie Posner2018

Illsol2018

J and S Signs2018

Sarah Page2018

Nomad Clan2018

Tasko2018

Cecilia Lueza2018

Matt Kress2018

Michael Vahl2018

Noirs One2018

DAAS2018

Justin Wagher2018

ZuluPainter2018

Matthew Hoffman2018

Hueman2017

Joram Roukes2017

Jose Mertz2017

Stephen Palladino2017

Yok and Shero2017

Herbert Scott Davis2017

Jujmo2017

Lauren YS2017

Mikael B2017

ZuluPainter and Thirst2017

Axel Void and L.E.O.2017

Suarez Art2017

Cryptik2017

Daniel "R5" Barojas2017

Sam Yong2017

Ali Vasquez and Todd Frain2016

Angela Delaplane2016

Apexer2016

Arlin Graff2016

Pep Rally Inc.-The CLEAN Campaign2016

Daniel Mrgan2016

Pixel Pancho2016

Michael Reeder2016

Alex Pardee2016

Cecilia Lueza2016

Jade2016

Pantonio2016

Nosego2016

ZuluPainter2016

Dasic Fernandez2016

Caratoes2016

Mark Gmehling2016

Ya La Ford2016

Ink Werkz Crew2016

Andrew Spear2015

Chad Mize, James Oleson and Pinellas County Center for the Arts2015

Erik Jones2015

Hitnes2015

Hoxxoh2015

Michael Vasquez2015

Shark Toof2015

Morning Breath2015

Ricky Watts2015

Evoca2015

Carrie Jadus2015

BASK2015

Greg Mike2015

Tes One and Palehorse2015

123Klan2015

Ya La Ford2015

Carrie Jadus2015

Vitale Brothers2015

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