Godffiti leaves mark on Spokane with popular murals

SPOKANE, Wash. – Daniel Lopez is a street artist for the people.

“I meet everybody. Homeless people, addicts out there, all the way to moms and kids, you know what I mean? And everybody can enjoy (the murals),” said Lopez.

And you’ve no doubt seen his murals all around Spokane.

“Like people in the public get to see the art for free,” exclaimed Lopez. “They don’t have to pay anything.”

He goes by the nickname Godffiti.

“Godffiti, in my head, is kind of like God’s graffiti.”

Lopez already knew he was an artist from a young age, but then he discovered graffiti.

“I was like, ‘Wow!’ The characters and the letters. It was so alive and it was kind of street level,” he recalled thinking at the time.

But his parents were both drug addicts. And soon, his life would be derailed by drugs, too.

“At 14, I was already a heroin addict and I had dropped out of school at 17,” Lopez said. “And that was just full blown for years and my art was dormant.”

After moving to Spokane, Lopez finally got clean. But he was lonely and afraid of being forgotten, until a door opened.

“So I started doing these super huge murals everywhere to be like, ‘Yo. I’m here in this world right now in this time’, right?”

Godffiti’s work is everywhere now. His American Jesus mural in downtown Spokane creates a lot of discussion, but he won’t give away the meaning behind it.

“You just look at it and you’re automatically engaged,” said Lopez. “You’re like, ‘Okay, there’s something going on there. What is this?'”

Another mural on the side of BLVD Tattoo and Piercing combines the movie E.T. with the rapper Eazy-E.

Then, there’s his mural of a scene from The Karate Kid at Warrior Camp off of E. Trent Ave.

“If you grew up in the 90s, Karate Kid was really big and Cobra Kai just caught its wave. And so, it was just a sick mural to do,” explained Lopez.

Lopez has even done murals for private companies, like Limelyte Technology Group, which hired Lopez to paint a number of murals on the interior and exterior of its building.

And this week, Lopez is finishing a mural for Siemers Farm on Green Bluff.

“I feel like it’s super inviting,” said Lopez. “And the bright colors and the lettering and everything definitely will, hopefully create some memories.”

Godffiti doesn’t know where his art might take him, but he’s trying not to look too far ahead.

“Even with all these dreams and aspirations and stuff, like don’t not enjoy right where you’re at in the moment, you know what I mean? Because that’s the most important thing.”

So this former drug addict is soaking in his success, no longer afraid of being forgotten.

“When I’m gone, there’s going to be pieces of me everywhere, you know?” said Lopez. “So it’s the story of an artist leaving themselves behind and not everyone can do that.”