Frank's Gents Barbershop and its owner Frank Vaiana have been a fixture of the East End for nearly six decades. Seventeen-year-old Frank arrived in Australia in 1957 from Sicily. He opened his barbershop that same year on East Terrace.
The shop has moved several times within the East End, to Rundle Street and later here to Vardon Avenue.
This mural, by artist Nick Philips, is a recent addition to the East End's public artwork. It was commissioned as part of the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival. At the unveiling of the mural, Adelaide’s Lord Mayor Martin Haese revealed that the adjacent laneway would be named ‘Frank’s Lane’ to acknowledge Frank’s important contribution to the city community and to the East End.