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Roots The Salon Houston, Murals Past & Present

Partial view of mural by @Zesoner from side of building...front to back
Posted: April 8, 2017 at 2:56 pm   /   by   /   comments (2)

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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.

(roots) The Salon Sign

(roots) The Salon Sign

A detail in partial view of a <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">mural</a> by @Zesoner

A detail in partial view of a mural by @Zesoner

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.

This Roots the Salon was established in 2011 and took 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.

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, N.Y.

Tree Roots and Dr. Seuss

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 the viewers see that?

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 green shapes near that large rooted tree near the front almost looked like the lettering of the artist’s name.  I think that I can decipher a “Z,” “E,” and “S” but not the “O” in the name ZESO.

A detail in a partial view of the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">mural</a> by @Zesoner

A detail in a partial view of the mural by @Zesoner

Partial view of the mural by @Zesoner

Partial view of the wall by @Zesoner

More work of Zeso is on view below.

Mural by @Zesoner

The surrealistic lavender planetary image near 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.

Partial view of <a href="">a mural</a> 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

A detail in a partial view of the mural by @Zesoner

A detail in partial view of a painting by @Zesoner

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.

The new mural on (roots) The Salon

New mural on (roots) The Salon


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 to 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.

The details in the center of the mural

The details in the center of the mural

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.

Click on this link to see many other murals around our fair city. Location of this Montrose area hair salon: 1407 Richmond Avenue, Houston, Texas 77006.






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  • April 5, 2019 at 6:51 pm Harry

    Hair roots from the salon and tree roots in the mural are a humorous combination. Very inventive of the artist.

    • April 5, 2019 at 6:55 pm Peggy

      Hi Harry,

      I agree with your assessment. These mural artists are indeed talented and also inventive with their art. Our city is filled with many colorful murals.