The Mission District has long been the mural capital of San Francisco. San Francisco has roughly 600 murals painted on the walls and facades of its buildings, but the largest concentration is located in The Mission. Having a majority Hispanic demographic, The Mission is the best place for this popular form of Mexican art. The Mexican tradition of using murals to depict history and culture is a 20th century phenomenon. Since the Chicano and Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, Mexican-Americans have rediscovered muralism and its characteristics have taken on a strong social and political charge.
I was amazed at the variety of subjects covered in the murals I saw. The huge paintings spoke of anything from sports teams to video games to family to religion. There is a heavy concentration of murals in Balmy Alley - a must see if you go to The Mission. I probably spent an hour there just looking at all the murals and trying to understand the emotion bottled inside them.
The Balmy Alley project commenced in 1972 and was led by two female muralists, Patricia Rodriguez and Graciela Carillio. In 1985, a new theme was added to the Alley and 27 new murals were added depicting Central American culture and society and protesting American interference there. I found the murals to be very moving. I didn't include all of them, and tried to omit nudity whenever possible.
Aside from the stories they told, I loved the vibrant colors of the murals. I didn't process the above photos at all - they colors are really that bright.
There are other murals all throughout The Mission district.