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Falcon murals done by local artist

Published: Tue, December 10, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Fitch grad makes his mark on Austintown schools


Aaron Chine, owner of Chinebox Ink on Mahoning Avenue, is the painter of murals at the Austintown schools. The murals depict falcons in various stages at each of the district’s four schools. Chine, a Fitch High graduate, says he has always been into art and works with all forms.

By Kalea Hall



Aaron Chine is not just a guy with a tattoo shop in Austintown.

He’s an artist who hones his craft in all ways possible, from drawing to painting and sculpting.

He creates permanent masterpieces out of canvases, skin and walls.

“I have always known this is what I wanted to do, whether it is super successful or not,” Chine said.

Chine is not only responsible for all the murals in the four Austintown schools, he also is responsible for helping to instill Falcon pride in the students.

“We wanted to really get our brand out there,” said Vince Colaluca, schools superintendent.

Chine, 33, is from Austintown and graduated from Fitch High School in 1998.

He said he was always good at art. Paintings at his tattoo shop, Chinebox Ink on Mahoning Avenue, are proof of Chine’s talent. The Warren resident is the man behind the Dave Grohl Alley mural in Warren, and he has his own art shows at The Gorilla Gallery, which he runs, in Warren. He works with the Trumbull County Neighborhood Partnership.

But the Falcon murals are one of his favorite projects. “I was honored” to paint them,” Chine said.

A former principal at Austintown Middle School last year asked Chine if he would paint murals in both the girls’ and boys’ gymnasiums. So, he made the Falcon in the girls’ gym appear feminine with more hints of red, and the Falcon in the boys’ gym appears fierce with more blue tones and its talons out.

Chine said the first mural was a bit difficult since all the murals cover a large portion of a wall. He would take a picture of the wall and draw out the Falcon on the picture to help him with its placement.

“After that one, it is like a walk in the park,” he said.

Administrators at Austintown then asked Chine to continue his work at Austintown Elementary, Intermediate and the high school. He decided to make his murals progress at each school to reflect the age of the students. Chine penciled in the outlines for the murals and painted them with acrylics. The kindergarten through second-grade students have a wall of three baby falcons and the third- through fifth-grade students at AIS have adolescent falcons on the gym wall. The Falcon continues to change its appearance at AMS and Fitch High to fit with the students there.

“They really play well together,” Chine said.

Chine has received nothing but positive feedback for the Falcon murals, including from his 6-year-old niece who attends Austintown Elementary. His father, Lou Chine Jr. — a former school board member who recently was re-elected and an Austintown graduate — is a proud fan of the murals. Chine descendants will see the murals for years to come, which is a factor that both Aaron and his father realize. “They will go there and see the family name even after we are gone,” Lou said.

Aaron would love to take on more projects for Austintown.

“[Art] is definitely not an easy field,” he said. “I think it is hard to do just one form of art. You have to work your craft.”


1dontbeafool(1363 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Yeah the opposing kindergarten teams aren't going to have fear installed in them now, thus Austintown is probably going to lose. Way to go Chine. You should have painted a bloody muscular falcon with it's headless prey in its razor sharp talons. What is wrong with you people? I have to laugh at this one.

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2AtownParent(564 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

The AMS ones were done when they built the new school and then he went in and re-did the one in Fitch and the ones in all the old schools first, back when his dad was on the board. I like the art, I think it looks great, but making it seem like everything was all done this year with the new schools is misleading. This nothing against Aaron, it is just to point out the wasteful spending our school system has adopted for years now. I am surprised they didn't include the name of the marketing firm they hired to come up with our "brand".

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3typical(9 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

First of all, these murals are in the gymnasiums of the schools. They are not the official "Falcon" of Austintown. That logo hasn't changed and you can find it on every Tshirt, gym bag, book bag that the kids own. Our "Logo" in timeless. I see nothing wrong with painting age appropriate Falcons in each school to give the kids something cute to look at. Great job Chine!

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4Roger_Thornhill(903 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Hope they did not pay for that.

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5dontbeafool(1363 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

@ailie, I agree about certain things in reference to handling kids with kids gloves, like awarding "participation" ribbons and such to every child when only the kids who win should get them. But in this case, the art is age appropriate, and therefore nothing is wrong with the baby falcons. If you are a parent letting your kindergarten kid play Grand Theft Auto on the X Box, then shame on you. Just because they are, doesn't make it right or acceptable.

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6AtownParent(564 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

typical - the logo is no longer the Falcon, it is the AF in the circle. They have removed the Falcon from the correspondence, etc. because the marketing firm they hired told them to change it. That was when the original mural paintings were done in the schools.

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7auntiem4cabs(113 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

I am confused. I thought the picture was at the high school, not the elementary school. Baby birdies in elementary, ok maybe, but that... looks, idk. Just not right for a high school gym.

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8dontbeafool(1363 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

@aunt... read the article maybe...

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9auntiem4cabs(113 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

@dont... oops. My bad!

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10dontbeafool(1363 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Lol, I do the same thing sometimes.

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11auntiem4cabs(113 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

open mouth, insert foot ;-)

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12prodgodq(158 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

As a parent of a child going to AMS, I couldn't wait to get to the comments section, and I'm never disappointed. None of those offering their "constructive" criticisms will lift a finger to do anything other than sit behind your keyboards and complain. What makes this so funny to me is the article is about a nice local guy who went and painted some murals. As if it means more than that.

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13dontbeafool(1363 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

@prod.... Some people aren't happy unless they are griping. What is funny is that half of them probably do not have kids that go to the school in the first place. The only ones that should have a say in whether or not they like the pics are the kids, for it is their school.

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14MLC75(625 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Falcon Fighter is 100% correct ,it is everyone's school,including the alumni.I'm an alumni and I don't like the baby falcon.It is the Fitch Falcon's !

What's next a picture of a nest with eggs.

@ Fool you are wrong,it isn't the kids call,it is the alumni.

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15dontbeafool(1363 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Did you attend any of the NEW schools that were built? No. You were a part of the old schools. I can't believe anyone has a problem with this. If baby Falcons were in the H.S gym, then okay, that would be stupid. Or if there was a tradition of an existing Falcon that was there for 75 years, then ok I understand, but really, come on. What's next, alumni protesting because tater tots aren't being served anymore in the cafeteria like they were in 78? Just paint the AF on all the walls and end this sillyness.

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16MLC75(625 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

@fool,your name fits you perfectly.I never ate the tater tots,I only drank the kool aid.

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17thedog(2 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

You have done an amazing job on the murals Aaron!! Amazing art and tattoos, wouldn't trust anyone else to do my ink. Keep up the good work, the new schools have transformed wonderfully.

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18thedog(2 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Aaron is a wonderful asset to the community with his murals, art, tattoos, drives for the animals and so much more, keep it up man your doing an astonishing job. GO BOLT!! we need more people like you.

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19dontbeafool(1363 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Like I said, paint AF's in all the gyms and end this silliness.

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20Fritz33(1 comment)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

You haters are pathetic; are you aware this man did these murals for free on his own time while you were eating chips in your lazyboy watching wheel of fortune and duck dynasty. If you think you can do better, peel yourselves off your couches and volunteer your time doing something worthwhile instead of bitching about a local artist. If you want loony tunes, call warner brothers. Every time someone good comes out of Youngstown, we have to read and listen to YOU toxic pukes.

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