Tucson artist honors Muhammad Ali with mural

Published: Jun. 10, 2016 at 11:04 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:12 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Tucson artist is honoring the life of world champion boxer, Muhammad Ali, through artwork. 

Aaron Kibben used ten cans of spray paint to create a large mural of Muhammad Ali. It's painted on the 14 foot wall of Smitty's Car Wash located off of Sarnoff and Broadway.

"I've always been a fan of Ali and this is probably the largest mural that I've ever done. It means a lot," Kibben said.

Brilliant Marks Mural Company helped to make this happen. They also supplied a scissor lift. Brilliant Marks is working to help combat Tucson's graffiti problem by rounding up local artists to create meaningful murals like this one.

The creation took Kibben ten hours to create and it's nearly finished. Kibben plans to add the words, "The Champ" at the bottom. 

"Most of the time when I do a painting it's kind of like, I put it up there and nobody knows who did it. Now, having a little bit of's really humbling," Kibben said.

The owner of Custom Art and Murals talks about the importance of community outreach. He's hoping his company will discourage kids from tagging and help show them a positive way to use their talent.

"You can do artwork whether it's graphic design, murals, even t-shirt designs or painting. There's so many different things you can do with your talent. You have no idea unless you try. It doesn't have to be going out and destroying property," said William O'Neal with Custom Art and Murals.

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