Jana Birchum

Best Street Artist

TIE: Truth; Chris Rogers

Mike "Truth" Johnston's work is gleefully dweeby: a "Last Supper" featuring the characters of Nintendo's Mario franchise, the Notorious B.I.G. wearing a cartoon crown, and bulky creatures with massive overbites. On the other end of the street art spectrum is the graphic/expressionist paintwork of Chris Rogers. Mashing up a multitude of musical heroes (James Brown, Michael Jackson, and others) his almost brushy mural at 12th & Chicon is a good summation of this street artist's skill. Although, if we have to claim a favorite mural of this prolific painter, it's the one that graces the facade of the incomparable Nubian Queen Lola's.


Chris Rogers