Jerry Rugg AkA BirdO Artist Spotlight

Jerry Rugg Small Dog Mural

Dog Days Bummer

I was taking a picture of this garage door when I heard a dog barking. I just took the one photo and decided to leave because it sounded like a large and possibly angry dog. It wasn’t until I got home and noticed that I got a photo of the actual dog. That’s him in the bottom left hand side.

The dog was probably just hoping to get some attention. He looks a little sad. That picture pretty sums up everyone around the world these days. Stuck at home hoping for a day when life becomes normal again.

Unfortunately, it sounds like the world is going to be stuck inside for some time.. just like that sad dog. Personally, I had been anticipating the beginning of mural season this spring.. but it sounds like that will be on hold for a long time. I’ve heard that a few mural festivals have already been cancelled.

I know that some people have been exploring the back alleys for something to do and that got me thinking of doing a garage door post. I also thought it made sense to feature one artist for the entire post. My site has been a bit of ‘dogs breakfast’ lately- pun intended. This extra time has been good as far as doing some much needed organizing.

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Jerry Rugg Artist Spotlight

I figured a feature with some of Jerry Rugg’s garage door murals seemed like a good place to start.

He goes by BirdO online Jerry Rugg is one of the only local artists that I have yet to meet. He wears that mask in his videos and on social media.. so maybe I have met Jerry and I didn’t know it ? Either way I have seen lot of his work. I may follow up with another post of his murals but I thought a garage door post would be best for those that want to explore some of the back alleys. They are full of treasures.

Croft Street Garage Door Mural

This was the very first Jerry Rugg mural that I ever came across. It’s actually next door to a friends house (well… let’s call her an acquaintance now). She never got to see Jerry either. She said she came home one day and there was this mural.

This alleyway is full of murals. It’s worth a look and the alley is very wide in case you were worried about social distancing.

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Jerry Rugg Rooster Mural

Not the best photo of this rooster by Jerry Rugg.. but the art is amazing even with bad photography.

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Jerry Rugg Horse Mural

This horse is near another friends home and I walked down here for years not knowing it was down that alley. There are a few other murals in this area in case you wanted to explore.

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Jerry Rugg Horse Mural

Another horse by Jerry Rugg. This mural of a horse overlooks Trinity-Bellwoods park. I saw it a few weeks ago and the paint is peeling heavily – hopefully he will touch it up soon. Again, there’s some other murals all along this wall.

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Jerry Rugg Bird 3D Mural

This bird by Jerry Rugg has a 3-D effect. It’s on the other side of graffiti alley – just south of Queen St. Unfortunately, it’s been tagged even more since these photos were taken.

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Jerry Rugg Dog Mural

He does some amazing art with this unique effect.

Jerry Rugg Small Dog Mural

This is apart of the same mural.

Jerry Rugg Wolf Mural

This is down that same alley. Jerry Rugg has about 4 murals here.

Jerry Rugg Turtle Mural

The turtle mural is just on the other side of Dovercourt down another alley. There’s been some construction down there so I don’t know what state this mural is in now.

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Jerry Rugg Ninja Turtles Mural

This was a collaboration between Matt Gondek and Paul Jackson. Unfortunately, it was painted over last year with a new mural by Matt and Paul.

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Jerry Rugg Woman Mural

This mural by Jerry Rugg with a woman and bird was done several years ago. But luckily I decided to go down this alley and found it right at the very end. There were a few other murals by some other artists FYI.

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Jerry Rugg Design

Not sure how to describe this and it’s not technically a garage door but rather the side of a garage. This alley has a lot of Jerry Rugg’s work.. at one point there was even a van that he had painted.

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Jerry Rugg & Wales Collaboration

Out in the east end I stumbled on this collab by Jerry Rugg and Willy Wales.

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Wall Expressions

I believe this was done way back in 2012 and it’s a collab by Spudbomb and Jerry Rugg. He laughed when I posted it in my Instagram story.. but I think it’s important to show how artists evolve.

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Jerry Rugg Mural

This isn’t a garage door but it is in the parking lot of a John Fluevog shoe store. It’s tucked away in the back.

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Jerry Rugg & Ness Lee Collab

Another collab but this time Jerry was working with Ness Lee. They have done two murals that I know of – so far !

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Jerry Rugg Turkey

I will leave this post with another early mural that is on the side of a garage door.

He did this with Spudbomb. They worked together on a lot murals at the beginning of his career.

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Anyway.. I hope everyone is doing as best as you can possibly do through these challenging times. That dog will one day get out for a good walk.. and one day there will be some new Jerry Rugg murals to see !

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