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To This Austin Street Artist, Electrical Boxes Are Blank Canvases

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Gabriel Cristóver Pérez
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Mike Johnston stands in front of a mural he's working on at the Orange Salon on South Congress.

For years, Mike “Truth” Johnston has been pasting his colorful portraits of icons from Michael Jordan to Martin Luther King Jr. on dumpsters, billboards and electrical boxes around the city. 

KUT’s Syeda Hasan caught up with the Austin street artist to learn more about his creative process. 

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Adrian Bernal helps Johnston paint the "Rise" mural.
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Syeda Hasan is KUT's development and affordability reporter. She previously worked as a reporter at Houston Public Media covering county government, immigrant and refugee communities, homelessness and the Sandra Bland case. Her work has been heard nationally on public radio shows such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Marketplace.
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