Aztec mural on side of shop wins praise from passers-by

The mural in Albert Road, Southsea. Curtis Hylton is the artist.
The mural in Albert Road, Southsea. Curtis Hylton is the artist.
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A MURAL inspired by the Aztec civilization has received a warm reception.

The street art, which adorns the side of Chilli Tattoo in Albert Road, Southsea, features an Aztec woman and leopard in a tropical scene.

The project was arranged by Southsea-based art business Blunt and painted by artist Curtis Hylton.

Mr Hylton said the mural fitted in well with its surrounds.

He said: ‘We came to the conclusion that it needed to be as bright and vibrant as possible as we head into the dark and grey months.’

Mr Hylton said he had received a positive reaction from people passing by.

He said: ‘It was great to see people liked it. Over the two days it took to paint, people stopped to have a chat, shouted praise from their cars or gave a simple wave and thumbs up.’

Mr Hylton met Blunt’s owner, Joseph Alabaster, at the University of Portsmouth and worked together on the design.

Mr Alabaster said they wanted to promote a positive image of young people as they felt their generation was too often badly represented in the media.

He said the mural had received a lot of positive feedback on social media, as well as from people in Albert Road.

Mr Alabaster said: ‘Obviously social media feedback is nice, however the best feeling came from the locals telling us exactly what they thought.’

The mural promotes the fact that Chilli Tattoos and tea rooms The Teatray are now selling Mtn 94 spray paint.

Michelle Gibbs is arts co-ordinator at the Omega Centre in Somers Town.

Ms Gibbs said she was a fan of the mural, which reflected the positive artistic environment around Portsmouth.

She said: ‘We are lucky in Portsmouth to have so many talented artists and to see their work around the city.

‘We want to encourage them to stay in Portsmouth, and keep Portsmouth a hub of creativity.’

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