BY ANGELINA MARTIN
Armed with just a roll of tape, some newspapers, spray paint and stencils, Morgan Jimenez is making his mark on the streets of Turlock, much to the delight of the city’s most patriotic residents.
The 37-year-old Turlock native has put his own personal spin on curb address painting, helping homeowners ensure their house number is visible from the street with the help of an American flag. Walking door-to-door, the artistic entrepreneur has painted close to 100 flags with address numbers on curbs throughout town — and he’s just getting started.
“It’s how I pay my bills,” Jimenez said with a laugh. “I’m very grateful for everyone in Turlock who’s accepted me and allowed me to paint the flag on their curb. There’s some patriotism inside of everyone; why not have an excuse to put up another flag?”
Jimenez and his brother used to paint simple, black and white addresses on curbs years ago, he said, but this time around, he wanted to do something out-of the-ordinary and eye-catching for Turlock residents.
“I needed to make some extra cash, but I knew I had to come up with something new,” Jimenez said. “I didn’t want to use a stencil to make the flags, so it took me about a week and a half to come up with the method, but once I figured it out it’s been going ever since.”
Jimenez uses tape to create the flag’s stripes, but as for how he creates the stars?
“It’s my secret method…I don’t want to give it out too easily,” he said.
Business has picked up for Jimenez since his talents were posted to Facebook by a customer, he said — a post which has since accumulated over 100 shares. He’s even been called to paint the curbs of homes in Modesto.
“Ever since they put me on Facebook, I’ve been getting call after call,” he said. “I haven’t been having to go out door-to-door as much.”
Jimenez charges $25 for his U.S.-themed address paintings, and also provides black and white curbside addresses for $10.
“I haven’t had one customer say they don’t like it. I do it nicely uniform and tidy, like how I would want it done on my own home,” he said. “I’m just out here trying to make an honest buck putting addresses on curbs.”
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Patriotic address artwork