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Bryan Deese

Sorry you missed the show

Concerrt Promotion

I’m normally a little wary about featuring concert ad murals. They get painted over quick. But this one is for a show back in March, it’s still there, the building seems only part occupied, and it’s a very nice mural, so who knows how long it will last? Still, we have to call this temporary art. BJ The Chicago Kid, Xavier Omär, and Kamau gave a rockin’ show on March 20th – or so I imagine! The artist is Bryan Deese, who has done a number of murals around town. He signs this piece with his website address, but that leads to a blog not updated since 2014. Try his Instagram account for more up to date information about his work. And if you go visit this one and it’s gone, you can still see a Bryan Deese mural across the street.

UPDATE: This mural has been painted over.

Located at 2622 Jefferson Street. The mural is on the west side of the building. There is plenty of parking at 2622 and nearby businesses. If the church on the west side is out of session, there is lots of parking there.

Go, go gorilla!


Hey, it’s a gorilla! With weights! Not much to say about this except that it’s further evidence that Nashville business owners are more and more understanding the importance of public art on their facilities. The placement on the corner is unusual. This is on the new World Gym in the Gulch, and the gorilla appears to be a symbol of the national chain. UPDATE: I have been informed by the artist himself that this is a Bryan Deese piece. I didn’t recognize it without the trademarks dots in the background you see in a lot of his work!

ANOTHER UPDATE: This gym has been replaced with another gym, QNTM Fit Life, and the gorilla has been painted over.

Located at 114 George L. David Boulevard. The mural actually faces Grundy Street, about a block west from Chauhan Ale and Masala House. Street parking and parking at the gym available. Break a sweat and enjoy the art.


The Cumberland Greenway Cluster (Part 1, Bearded Iris Brewing)


It helps to drive around. Keep going down that road, you might find something. The art along the Cumberland River Greenway between Van Buren and Taylor is no surprise to anyone who uses that greenway, but no doubt far less known to everyone else, other than the patrons and employees of the businesses nearby. Although very close to downtown and to the development in Germantown, this is an industrial area with roads that dead end at the river, so not a lot of traffic. Along this stretch of the greenway, all of the buildings have something on them, and it’s fairly easy to divide it up given the different styles. The backside of Bearded Iris Brewery stands out as the most detailed and elaborate installation. And look, it’s signed! These are names associated with the TM crew, with a giant logo at the far north end, and the MFK crew, which is prominently tagged nearby. An interview with Paser reveals, by the way, that I deciphered UH wrong in a previous post – it’s Urban Heroes. I’ll have to go back and do some updating! We also see Rex2 (Bryan Deese) whose shown up a lot on this blog. I also include the Bearded Iris logo, featured prominently on the other (west) side of the building.

Located on the Cumberland River Greenway between Taylor Street and Van Buren Street. Bearded Iris Brewing is at 101 Van Buren. The graffiti mural is on the back (east) side of the brewery. Lots of parking there, and given the quiet nature of the area, street parking is fairly easy. Grab a beer, or go for a walk or a ride, and enjoy the art.

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The OMG/Wallpaper & Designer hidden gallery (Part 2, loading dock)


More art from the backside of Old Made Good and Wallpaper & Designer Home Consignments. There are three walls here, though the loading bays on the east side are mostly devoid of art. Here on the north wall we see two panels, with some familiar names. On the left, the most prominent tag is Smok, which you see in a number of places around town. According to this Scene article, Smok is part of graffiti group known as the IA Crew. Whoever they are, they are prolific. The next panel is signed by Bryan Deese (Rex2) and Troy Duff (@duffomatic). Both artists are found all over town and have been featured on this blog before. On the south wall (see below), there’s a colorful piece with a name I’m not sure of. There’s also a spooky Troy Duff Nashville skyline and the first example in this blog of Ryan M. McCauley’s sleepless robot (RobotsNeverSleep). This particular Robot is not on his blog, but here is what looks like him painting this very robot on his Facebook page. And the only loading bay door with any art again has a tag that I must be misreading!

See the slideshow for individual pieces, and Part 1 for more information. See pin for Part 1 on the map.

Located at 3701 Gallatin Pike. OMG has scads and scads of parking and the area behind 3701 where the art is seems to be empty most of the time.


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Where you at?!


There is more and more art on Jefferson Street, and I haven’t been keeping up with it like I should. This piece is by Bryan Deese, who has done a number of music-themed murals in town. Follow that link to his website though and it doesn’t seem to have been updated recently – the last blog post is dated August, 2014, though I know this piece is very recent. He advertises both the website and his Instagram account on this mural – but the Instagram account is private, a bit unusual for an active artist. The artists depicted here are not identified, but it sure does look like Charlie Parker on sax and Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet. Here’s a video of them performing “Hot House” together in 1951. Pretty sharp!

UPDATE: This mural has been painted over, perhaps because this building no longer hosts Boost Mobile.

Located on the west side of the Boost Mobile building at 2623 Jefferson Street. The mural faces 27th Avenue North, at the corner with Jefferson Street. There’s plenty of street and commercial parking in the area.

The Habitat for Humanity Store on Division 

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The Habit for Humanity Restore on Division has devoted the entire west side of its building to a series of panels, most in a graffiti type style. Because of the placement of a particular tree, however, most of those panels fall under the category of “hidden art,” as you are not likely to notice them when driving by. This piece honoring the now-defunct Nashville arena football franchise, signed by Bryan Deese, is highly visible, while the pieces below require you to get out and do a bit of exploring to see. It’s also impossible to pull back and get a good view of the whole wall because of a covered fence. In the first shot below, you see the only “wide” shot one can really make, the rest show the individual panels, moving north to south. The Kats panel itself is at the far south end of the wall. It’s not clear who or how many people were involved in making these “hidden” panels, and the black single line drawings of a chicken smoking and the “you are awesome” guy may be later tags. There does appear to be a signature on the first panel, the one at the far north end of the wall, which I read as “Taikz” or “Tackz.”The images below run north to south. Comment below if you know anything about the artist(s).

Located on the west wall of the Habitat for Humanity Restore at 908 Division St. There’s a lot of paid parking around, but if things aren’t too busy you can park at the Restore or at Yazoo Brewing next door. The murals can also be accessed from the alley behind the Restore.

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2401 Clifton Ave., Part 2 – Merle Haggard edition 

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This Merle Haggard tribute on the southeast side of 2401 Clifton, right on the railroad tracks as you can see, is signed by the Miami artist who bills himself as @arive_msg. That’s the handle you’ll find him under at Instagram. And hey, isn’t “MSG” found round on the other side as part of that big graffiti installation? Why yes, I think it is.

UPDATE: The artist can be found at the Instagram account @arive_arts.

It bears some resemblance to the Johnny Cash memorial done by The Thoughts Manifested Crew at 300 4th St. South, which I’ll feature as soon as I can get a picture without cars parked in front! UPDATE: Here it is. Also, it would appear Bryan Deese was involved in producing this piece, hence the resemblance.


Again, 2401 Clifton Ave, southeast side, by the tracks.

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