A 'present to Minneapolis': Amazing Prince mural emerges in Uptown

The new Prince mural in Uptown.

The new Prince mural in Uptown.

Prince was never known for his subtlety.

The striking artwork for his 1988 album, Lovesexy, remains one of the most awkwardly sexy album covers ever. But one fan from Bloomington, Minnesota, remembered the music legend as more than just a sexy M.F.

Local graffiti artist Rock “Cyfi” Martinez paid tribute to Prince by painting a tasteful, solemn mural outside a property management company on the corner of 26th Street and Hennepin Avenue in Uptown Minneapolis this past weekend.

“It’s my present to Minneapolis,” Martinez tells the Star Tribune.

Martinez depicted a profile of Prince giving his classic, knowing smolder, pouting subtly at passersby. A white dove emerges from Prince’s hair, while his love symbol identifies his birth and death years.

“There’s a few legends left and he was one of them. He was so different from everyone and that’s what made him special,” Martinez tells the Strib. “The mural helps with the grieving process.”

The Twin Cities will continue mourning its fallen idol throughout the week with several screenings of Prince’s 1984 film Purple Rain, including one tonight at Lakes & Legends Brewery in Minneapolis.