Roots the Salon, Houston: Murals Past and Present

Updated on April 14, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Partial view of mural by @Zesoner from the side of the building...front to back
Partial view of mural by @Zesoner from the side of the building...front to back | Source
(roots) The Salon Sign
(roots) The Salon Sign | Source

Roots the Salon

A fascinating mural was painted on the side of the Roots the Salon building in Houston. The sign on the front of this old brick building on Richmond Avenue gave no hint as to what embellished the side of this structure.

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Partial view of the wall by @ZesonerA detail in a partial view of the mural by @ZesonerPartial view of a mural by @Zesoner on the side of building from back to frontA detail in partial view of a painting by @Zesoner
Partial view of the wall by @Zesoner
Partial view of the wall by @Zesoner | Source
A detail in a partial view of the mural by @Zesoner
A detail in a partial view of the mural by @Zesoner | Source
Partial view of a mural by @Zesoner on the side of building from back to front
Partial view of a mural by @Zesoner on the side of building from back to front | Source
A detail in partial view of a painting by @Zesoner
A detail in partial view of a painting by @Zesoner | Source
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Mural by @Zesoner

Fat and twisted roots of trees simulating engorged parsnips above ground constitute some of what Zeso spray-painted on the side of this Houston beauty salon. For some reason, his depiction of trees reminded me of illustrations in some of the Dr. Seuss books I have seen. Do you see that too?

The pink and orange sky with falling orange colored leaves, mushrooms, and rocks made me think that it was late in the fall season of the year. Most of the leafless trees were upright, but a few dead logs were in evidence.

There was life depicted by mushrooms, a rabbit and two birds plus some sparse green foliage near the bottom. The flying bird directed one’s eyes to geometrically shaped images towards the back of the building. That is where bright pinks, yellow, blue, green, and other colors were featured. It was a contrast and departure from the organically painted scenery further to the front of the building.

Graffiti Artist Zeso

The graffiti artist Zeso had fun using a play on words. In the hair salon, the roots of the hair are probably being shampooed, conditioned, or getting color treatments each time a client visits there.

I could not find out much about the artist Zeso other than the fact of his being born in France.

Zeso lives and works in Brooklyn, according to a video that I saw of a large mural of his that he executed in that city. It is 125 feet long by 25 feet in width! Below is a video showing that mural in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City, as well as a time-lapse video of another of Zeso's pieces.

Newer Mural on Roots the Salon

My photographs were taken some time ago, and when looking at the Roots the Salon today, it appears that modern mural art has taken its place. That is not too uncommon here in Houston.

It is fun to see how local businesses promote different types of art.

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Front to back view
Front to back view | Source
The details in the center of the mural
The details in the center of the mural | Source
Back to front view
Back to front view | Source
Detail towards front of mural
Detail towards front of mural | Source
Towards back of mural
Towards back of mural | Source

TONANTZIN TLALLZ

The lettering TONANTZIN TLALLZ is above the mural in capital letters. I could find no artist by that name. However, the name Tonantzin can be interpreted in several different ways. Most articles reference that name as meaning an Aztec mother goddess. Tlallz in Aztec means earth. So this mural depicts “Mother Earth” in an exciting way.

The Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, built in the 17th century, is believed to have taken the place of an earlier temple dedicated to worshiping Tonantzin in Pre-Columbian days.

Many of our buildings have large format murals that are of varying subject matter, and we've found that those are the sort of things that make people stop, digest, and absorb.

— Miguel McKelvey

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From the roots of trees to being visually rooted in Aztec mythology via the two different wall paintings, this Roots the Salon delights the eyes as well as imaginations of people driving by.

This Roots the Salon was established in 2011 and takes care of men, women, and children from Noon until 8 PM every day except Sundays and Mondays. They have a loyal customer base from what I have read.

Location of this Montrose area hair salon: 1407 Richmond Avenue, Houston, Texas 77006.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        7 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Manatita,

        Yes, most of these painted walls are open to interpretation. Happy to share them with you.

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        Peggy Woods 

        7 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Bill,

        You are correct in that if we take the time to look at the murals for more than a passing moment, they are quite impressive. I also enjoy learning about the artists who painted them if that information can be acquired.

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        Peggy Woods 

        7 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Pamela,

        I particularly liked the first mural on that building, but both are good.

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        Peggy Woods 

        7 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Liz,

        You are correct. It certainly does draw one's attention to a business.

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        Peggy Woods 

        7 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi FlourishAnyway,

        We seem to do that quite a bit in Houston, particularly in some areas of our city.

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        manatita44 

        7 weeks ago from london

        I rather like the Aztec painting and 'The Wall' is unbelievable. It opens up itself to so many interpretations! Good work!

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        Bill Holland 

        7 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        Murals are such that we drive by them daily and barely notice them, but if we take the time to really look at them, they are spectacular art. Thanks for sharing these and Happy Sunday!

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        7 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        These painting are so unique that it looks to me like the wall has depth. I think the style of the paintings are really interesting to see. It sure decorates that area where they are located.

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        Liz Westwood 

        7 weeks ago from UK

        This is an interesting documentation of wall art in Houston. It's also a great way of drawing attention to a business.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        7 weeks ago from USA

        I wish more businesses particularly in old buildings and parts of town would do this as a way to reinvigorate and inspire.

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