Murals by Ian Johnson seen at Popson's Burgers, San Francisco - Quartet (Blakey, Miles, Brubeck, Mingus)
Murals by Ian Johnson seen at Popson's Burgers, San Francisco - Quartet (Blakey, Miles, Brubeck, Mingus)

Quartet (Blakey, Miles, Brubeck, Mingus)

Popson’s Burgers dining area features a beautiful mural done by talented artist Ian Johnson. This massive mural was inspired by jazz cultural icons. The landmark musicians Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck and Charles Mingus are represented. It creates a quartet that never was and each were chosen for their historic role in revolutionizing music as we know it.

Meet the Creator

Ian Johnson grew up in Syracuse, NY, where he developed a love for jazz by listening to his grandfather’s favorite radio station. Years later, while living in San Francisco, Ian’s interest in this nostalgic music genre was rekindled through skate video soundtracks. To fill his empty walls, Ian began painting his own jazz posters that naturally evolved into t-shirt and skateboard graphics. Combining his passion for music and skating, the young artist started Western Edition: a skate brand that uses images of jazz legends to express movement, action, and energy. Landmark musicians such as Miles Davis, Nat King Cole and John Coltrane are represented; chosen for their historic role in revolutionizing music as we know it. As Ian is impulsively attracted to the geometry of faces, these jazz performers’ expressions are rendered in black and white against psychedelic rays of color. Ian’s hypnotizing designs reflect the improvisational quality of skateboarding and jazz music, a commonality that continually inspires him. His portraits resonate with the excitement of a live jazz performance through expressive faces and energetic lines, translating the soul of jazz into contemporary times.”

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