‘Lubbock proud’:Its Really a Dispatch From Our Red Kingdom Road Trip. Meet the Texas muralist paying tribute to Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes…

‘Lubbock proud’:Its Really a Dispatch From Our Red Kingdom Road Trip. Meet the Texas muralist paying tribute to Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes...

 

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‘Lubbock proud’:Its Really a Dispatch From Our Red Kingdom Road Trip. Meet the Texas muralist paying tribute to Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes...
Read more from our journey to Las Vegas for the Super Bowl here on KansasCity.com, in our newsletters, or on The Star’s Instagram. When you drive through Lubbock, Texas, the tight-knit college town of Texas Tech University, it won’t be long before you come across two vibrant, spray-painted murals of Patrick Mahomes.

These often-visited murals were painted by Joey Martinez, 45, a Lubbock native who’s a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan. Recently though, he’s had a big reason to root for the Chiefs — and it has everything to do with the Texas kid who has lit the NFL on fire since becoming Kansas City’s starting quarterback in 2018.

It started when Martinez, who was getting his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Texas Tech, bumped into Mahomes on his way to practice.

“I was like, ‘Patrick! Patrick! Dude you’re killing it. You’re going to kill it when you go pro,’” Martinez remembers telling Mahomes, who was the starting quarterback for the Red Raiders at the time. “I would’ve never guessed that he’d be doing as good as he’s been doing.” Martinez’s preferred medium is spray paint, which he started experimenting with in 1992 as a way to channel his anger as a teen. He would cover up gang graffiti with positive messages and quotes, quickly earning himself the nickname, “Wise One,” around town.

Take one step into his home, and you’ll see that art has come to define every facet of his life, with pieces documenting the emotional struggles of growing up and the town that has come to define so much of who he is. There are paintings he’s made, inspiration scattered from friends, and canvases brimming with textured layers of oil paint and spray paint tucked around every corner.