Colorful skull murals & street art in Phoenix, Arizona. Windsor, Lux coffee, Barrio Cafe.

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Ghostly kisses from Arizona! I enjoy “coolhunting” for alt culture in unexpected places, and AZ didn’t disappoint. There’s streetwise art here, and a hip cafe scene. Enjoy this photo diary from my Southwestern adventures.

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The day began with lunch at Windsor, a bright and airy restaurant/bar in North Central Phoenix.

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Still smiling over the No 99 cocktail (rum, aperol, fresh grapefruit, rhubarb bitters), and mixed grain salad (with black quinoa, house-smoked salmon).

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Bunny top and scarf: Miffy fashion line from Hong Kong
Scalloped shorts: Hello Kitty KiLaRa collaboration, from Hong Kong
Shoes: Yosuke, from Marui One Shinjuku
Eyeballs purse: Izzue, Hong Kong
Sunglasses: gifted by Lumete

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After, I went for coffee at the nearby Lux. The espresso’s strong, and the lattes are art.

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Anime-pop paintings on the wall, mish-mash vintage furniture, and electro music make Lux a fun place to hang out.

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Next, I drove to 16th Street (I recommend renting a car, as Phoenix is wide-spread). The front looks like a regular strip of road. But in the rear, there’s an explosion of colorful walls, like this skull-face by Lalo Cota and Breeze.

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The murals envelop Barrio, the much-loved Mexican cafe of Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza. I didn’t have time for a meal, but it’s on my list for next time.

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Ghosts of the Southwest.

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The Day of the Dead motifs reminded me of my trip to Mazatlan, Mexico.

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Arizona’s wonderful at supporting community arts. The nearby Latino Arts & Cultural Center has free admission.

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I leave you with “Bienvenidos a Arizona” by Gennaro Garcia and DOSE, part of the Calle 16 project on 16th Street.

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Do you like my Miffy outfit? Did you expect Phoenix to have magnificent murals like these?

Let me know what you think of my Arizona travel coverage. Coming up: print-making, monster theme restaurants, and Sedona aliens!


  • Kat

    you look so cute, I LOVE that top! ^_^ xx

  • parapara

    <3 <3

  • Carrie


  • Sina

    That rocks!

  • Adrien

    Cool :O

  • tomoko

    I adore your miffy top! Honestly for me, it’s miffy > hello kitty. It’s hard to find Miffy merch in NYC. :/

  • MelissaR

    That first painting looks exactly like you! And that salad looks delicious!

    • awww! <3 let's have more travel adventures soon!

  • Visit Phoenix

    Great post! Thank you for sharing.

  • Serafina

    Your hair looks so great! <3 Can't wait to see all our Monster pics ;)

    • Yes coming right up – and Phx art museum too!! xoxox

  • Psique

    That is amazing…

  • Jennifer

    thanks for these tips

  • Cupcake

    supa kawaii ^^

  • Yellow Fever


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  • Gaul

    GREAT , really enjoy it >3

  • Pete

    Wow, they kick ass!

  • Shuter

    Cool!! :)