Muralist and Tattoo Artist Mel Waters Leaves His Mark on San Francisco

by Tarek Fouda & Bo Walsh | KALW



Mel Waters and his Prince tribute mural in Clarion Alley. Courtesy of Mel Waters

From the Carlos Santana tribute wall in the Mission District to his Jerry Garcia piece in the Haight, much of Water’s work celebrates the iconic figures of San Francisco’s past.


Para La Mission: Carlos Santana tribute on 19th Street at Mission Street. Courtesy of Mel Waters

Mel recently opened his new tattoo parlor and art gallery Moonrise Tattoos and he stopped by KALW to talk about being a new small business owner and leaving his mark on the San Francisco street art scene. 


Jerry Garcia mural on Cole Street and Haight Street. Courtesy of Mel Waters

You can check out Mel Waters new mural with Precita Eyes’ at the Ellis Street Senior Apartments in San Francisco’s Tenderloin.


SF Chinatown mural on Washington Street at Grant Street. Courtesy of Mel Waters

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