Local Graffiti Artist KENO Paints a Mural at Scottsdale's Brat Haus

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It's about time Phoenix sees some serious mural love. In the interest of giving credit to their artists and because we're losing track of the times we've said, "Woah, when did that go up?", we bring you Mural City, a series on the murals springing up around town -- their artists, their hosts, and their inspirations.

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Mural by KENO, photo by Lauren Saria
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When our sister blog, Chow Bella, gave a first look at a new restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale, Brat Haus, we couldn't help but notice the eye candy on the wall.

We're not talking your typical restaurant art, but a mural from KENO - the notoriously low-profile street artist who's made over a dozen films documenting Arizona graffiti.

KENO, an artist name he goes by to avoid trouble with the law due to the nature of his work, was born in the Valley and grew up in Vegas. He spends time traveling the surrounding states immortalizing himself through his work.

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Mural by KENO, photo by Lauren Saria
"I was inspired to paint what I painted just based on the vibe and scenery that I encountered," Keno says of the mural he calls "Bratwursting."

He began writing graffiti in the third grade, penciling his first art name, Fly, all over his Phoenix-area neighborhood. He moved to Las Vegas a few years later and it was there that his painting career took off. By the time he returned to the Valley, "It was game over," KENO says, "I was unstoppable."

At the "Brat Haus Haus Party," guests saw Keno putting the finishing touches on the piece. The brat-themed work shows flying pigs and a train of sausages against a Sonoran desert backdrop. Stylized cacti resemble green crystals and a sausage-stuffing gun oozes from the right side of the wall.

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Julius Zsako
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Was it really a "graffiti artist"?  Don't you mean talented muralist or awesome aerosol artist?   Graffiti is uninvited whereas this was invited and sanctioned.  Stuff done with permission isn't "graffiti art".  Graffiti is a form of vandalism, and a crime.  If I missed something, ping me at www.DefacingAmerica.com


I think you have a case here.

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