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Glyph man

This unusual face has a striking resemblance to the Mayan glyph for balam, the word for “jaguar” and “strength.” The glyph has fangs and is more cat-like, but the pattern of dots and lack of adornment, along with the general shape, suggests a humanized balam. Or maybe it’s just random graffiti.

Located at 1309 McGavock Pike, on the back side of Relax and Wrap Barber and Style (well, that’s what the sign says – on the internet, it’s known and Relaxing Wraps Barber and Style.) There’s plenty of parking here and across the street, though often full with partons of the Village Pub and Garden. Baily and Cato, sadly, has closed. Get a cut, grab some grub, and enjoy the art!

Back in the alley

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Some weeks ago, a set of UH crew works appeared in the alley between Main and Woodland on the back side of the building that house Main Street Liquors, Main Street Market, and Transmission Exchange. This is obviously permitted work – tags this elaborate take time to install, and this is a fairly public place. Some business owners have figured out the way to avoid random graffiti is to promote murals and more elaborate graffiti art. This appears to be the case here. The UH crew has done other work in this alley, notably And we’re back!. See below for the rest of the installation. There is also an interesting tag on a gate/door across from this installation on the other side of the alley

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Located at 944 Main Street. The installation is in fact in the alley, which can be accessed from 10th Street or McFerrin Avenue. There is some parking in this alley if you are just visiting.

Horton hears a UH!

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As in the UH crew, one of the most prolific graffiti crews in town (and which I really need to create a category for). This colorful door is found on the loading dock of Horton Paper Service, Inc. That page is from a database of businesses. Horton doesn’t seem to have much need of an internet presence. Some of your more traditional industries don’t, I’ve found, the kind of industrial places you’re likely to find graffiti. The immediate neighborhood around here actually has a lot of art, including the Norf Wall Gallery site and A bird in the bush, among others.

Located at 614 18th Avenue North, behind Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School. This stretch of 18th runs parallel to a bridge where Dr. D.B. Todd Blvd sails over a railroad. It’s often possible to park under the bridge, and there is street parking (though I’ve never tried it during school hours.) Put on some sturdy shoes and check out all the art in the neighborhood!

Fire and Safety (Part 1)

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I am definitely trying to stay away from multi-part posts, but some sites require it. Three sides of the Industrial Fire and Safety Inc. building on Ash have murals. On one side, we find a series of country and folk music legends (that isn’t quite finished). On the other two other themes are found, mostly stuff that flies. It seems to be mostly if not all the work of the Thoughts Manifested crew, a collection of mural and graffiti artists whose best-known work is probably the Johhny Cash mural on Molloy. I need to blog about that one soon. Given development in that area, I wonder about the future of the small building it’s on. This piece takes a little more effort to find, in the Pie Town neighborhood that still retains the warehouse/industrial atmosphere that was common south of Broadway before the boom years. The bird is featured on some of Thoughts Manifested’s other work, notably a nearby mural on Plaza Art facing 7th Ave, also awaiting a blog post.

Located at 608 Ash Street. The new Division Street extension complicates access somewhat. The mural above faces into a parking lot and alley on the north side of the building, on the opposite side from Ash. It’s easily accessed through the parking lot entrance on Ewing Ave between Middleton St and Fogg St, or down the alley that forks off of 6th Ave a little south of Lafayette Ave. Parking here is easy.

Striding

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The So Clean Auto Detail building at the corner of 10th Avenue South and Shelby is a bit of a mystery. The business has been closed and the building apparently empty for years. Given the go-go-go development culture in this part of East Nashville – heck, in most of Nashville – that such a prime piece of real estate would just sit is surprising. No doubt it will be developed eventually, but in the meantime, it’s a ready canvas. Recently, this headless but otherwise perfectly dressed gentleman appeared. He might be related to the stencils once found on a dumpster outside of Emma at the old trolley barns in the Rolling Mill Hill area. There’s also a headless suited man on the brick building at the corner of Lea Ave and Hermitage that I’m pretty sure is the work of Emily Miller, though whether she’s responsible for the one above or the stencils I don’t know. There’s also some graffiti on the building – see below. All is likely to go away when the property is developed.

UPDATE: This is apparently a Brian Wooden piece.

410 10th Graffiti

Located at 410 10th Avenue South, at the corner with Shelby Avenue. The parking for the building is chained off. There’s a small space in the alley it’s possible to park at, or you could park at the convenience store across the street. The suited man is on the southeast corner of the building, alongside Shelby.

Off the wall (Part 5)

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Choo choo! No sooner do I post a new mural from the Off the Wall project on Charlotte, more appear. This one has actually been up for some time and is a product of the UH crew, a prolific local graffiti and mural crew. You can see some of their work in posts like And we’re back! The image is a homage to the tradition of tagging both trains and the bridges and walls that part of the track system. Also, there are nearby tracks, including one that goes through Abbot West Storage, whose wall the mural is painted on. For information on the Off the Wall project, see Part 1. See the pin for Part 1 on the map.

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Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

Located at 3020 Charlotte Avenue. Your best bet for parking is perhaps across the street at Cross Fit Nashville or street parking on 31st Avenue north of Charlotte.

Bend and twist

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Marathon Pilates of East Nashville brings us two kinds of art, energetic and serene. “Energetic” is the graffiti style sign on the side of the building brought to us by Troy Duff, a Nashville artist known for his energetic and often graffiti-inspired pieces. His work has been on this blog before, such as Eastern Pizza, just a few blocks away. “Serene” is the Marathon Pilates logo, found on the front and the back of the building (see below). The logo is a two-dimensional representation of a structure Buckminster Fuller described as an example of vector equilibrium. Here, let Bucky describe it for you! Here’s Wikipedia on the topic, where it’s called a cuboctahedron. Many people seem to think it has spiritual or cosmological implications.

Located at 966 Main Street. The Duff piece is in the alley on the east side of the building, while the logos are prominent on the front and back. Marathon Pilates has parking in front and back, as do neighboring businesses, though this is tricky during weekday work hours, and much easier on the weekend. There is a pay lot a couple doors to the east on 10th Street.

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