KISS praises Juarez artist for colorful mural celebrating rock icons

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JUAREZ, Mexico (KTSM) — KISS is everywhere, including along a South Juarez street, where you’ll find a mural of the iconic rock band. The artist, an out-of-work maquiladora employee, is now being praised by the band itself.

Urban artist Miguel “Mick” Martinez is a maquiladora worker by day, and during his free time, he loves to spray-paint murals. Martinez’s employer shut down due to the coronavirus, allowing him to temporarily pursue his passion full-time.

Martinez said his father is a big KISS fan, so he decided to paint the mural in his honor. The mural, which is located on De La Raza Avenue in South Juarez, was an instant hit. Martinez never knew how famous his new work would become when in just a matter of days KISS posted photos of the mural on their social media accounts, saying, “#KISSisEverywhere! #KISS mural in Juárez, Mexico.”

The post has been shared more than 2,000 times on Facebook and retweeted more than 2,200 times .

Martinez said he began illegally spray-painting buildings when he was younger, but moved into urban art in his adult years.

Miguel “Mick” Martinez’s celebrity mural on De La Raza Avenue in South Juarez.

His latest work is a colorful pop-art wall of celebrities including Michael Jackson, Muhammad Ali, and Bruce Lee. It’s located right next to the KISS mural.

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