Everyone loves a good photo backdrop, especially one that isn't forced. These murals in Phoenix are doing all the hard work for you, all you have to do is find them and say cheese! Plus, it's a great way to explore downtown while you hunt for these giant paintings. 

One place even hosts a "Mural Monday" where tagging is not only allowed but encouraged. From 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. aspiring street artists can submit their designs to Nathan Greene, the owner of Unexpected Art

If their design is approved, they have the go-ahead to start painting. 

It has become a challenge to find some of these hidden and lesser-known artworks amidst the winding streets and alleys of downtown Phoenix, but it's well worth the effort. 

Make your own tour of these artworks or check them out one-by-one at your own pace. 

Malinda by Darrin Armijo-Wardle & Hugo Medina

Address: 100 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ

Why You Need To Go: This new masterpiece is located at Malinda's Alley, a favorite secret speakeasy among locals. 

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Dissolving Demarcation by Joerael Elliot

Address: 815 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Why You Need To Go: This mural with two yoginis looks like something out of a fantasy movie. 

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Love Birds by Lauren Lee 

Address: 1501 W. Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Why You Need To Go: This colorful mural is perfect for spring or if you're a lover of all things flowery. 

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Maggie Keane

Address: 1350 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Why You Need To Go: After the surge in popularity of David Bowie tribute murals, Maggie Keane created this Prince tribute. 

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Miguel Angel Godoy

Address: Phoenix Warehouse District, Grant St., Phoenix, AZ

Why You Need To Go: This mural adds a vibrant pop of color downtown. 

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Josh Bask

Address: 901 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ

Why You Need To Go: This trippy wall is full of cool patterns and super-bright colors. 

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