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Music on two wheels

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Since last summer, a collection of musical greats has been freewheeling on the east wall of Green Fleet Bicycle Shop, courtesy of @doughjoe, otherwise known as Yusef Hubb. Stevie Wonder, Etta James, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin and Little Richard are all getting a little crazy, though how Hendrix is managing to ride and play at the same time — well, he’s Jimi Hendrix. You don’t question. Hubb, who is part of the Norf Collective, frequently depicts musicians in his work, such as in An icon under the bridge, revisited. The #ridenorf tag references a Jefferson Street Art Crawl from last June. Green Fleet Bicycle Shop, besides being a place to get a new bike or repair your old one, also does bicycle tours of Nashville and will rent you a bike to do a tour on your own. The bike store grew out of Green Fleet Messengers, which is still going strong.

Located at 934 Jefferson Street. The mural faces east. There is some parking at the store, including around back (best accessed from Enoch Jones Blvd.) Not much street parking nearby, so you might have to walk a bit. Hey, you were going to rent a bike anyway, right?

And her hair was an unfolded flower

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Located in in the heart of the Buchanan Street neighborhood, this is impressive piece is a Norf Collective creation, signed by Woke3 (also known as Jay Jenkins). The Buchanan Street area has begun to see signs of gentrification. The building this work is on, which apparently used to be an auto body store, is currently unoccupied, its fate unknown. It’s hard to believe a future tenant would want to remove this mural, but I think we still have to qualify this as endangered art. (The title was inspired by a line from a Yeates poem.)

Located at 1114 Buchanan Street, at the corner with 12th Avenue North. Street parking available on 12th. And maybe grab a bite at Mai-Bee’s Southern Cuisine across the street, which sports a mural of its own I’ll feature later.

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Welcome to the garden

Garden Brunch Cafe mural by Norf Collective

In honor of the Jefferson Street Art Crawl which I visited this evening, some Jefferson Street art. Why, you might ask, is this picture taken at such an odd angle? Well, there’s a fence in the way. A fence that serves no obvious purpose other than blocking a clear view of this mural. This is a Norf Collective piece (their website is down as of this posting – I’ll add the link if it comes back up), done as part of the Jefferson Street Community Health Fair last August. See the Get healthy! post for more details. It’s found on the east wall of the Garden Brunch Cafe (which I recommend), so the depiction of a quiet garden makes sense.

UPDATE: Here’s their Facebook page.

Located at 924 Jefferson Street. If you are there for a meal, and why wouldn’t you be, the restaurant has parking in back. You can probably also park next door at Popeye’s or the church behind the Garden Brunch Cafe.

The South Wall (Norf Wall gallery, part 9)

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Returning to an older project (almost finished!), here is the south outside wall of the old tire factory on Herman Street. This wall is almost entirely elaborate tags. Up on the second floor, there’s a tag for “UTL Krew.” The #utlcrew tag on Instagram reveals UTL to be a group of Atlanta artists, who use the Mibs and Seimr tags seen at the west end of the building. It would seem too they are responsible for Unsafe at any speed. At the far east of the wall, a UH tag appears, so locals were also involved in this working this wall. It’s somewhat overgrown, no doubt worse in the summer, but the tracks at least mean you don’t have to fight your way through vegetation. See Part 1 for more information on this site, and see the link for Part 1 on the map.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 10

Located at the north end of the 800 block of 19th Street N., at the corner of Herman Street. It’s impossible to miss. Street parking is very haphazard. There is a lot of to see here, and also a lot of overgrown weeds (depending on the time of year) so wear the right shoes!

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Get healthy!

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The Norf Art Collective, now found at Norfstudios.com, continues to bring more and more art to the North Nashville/Jefferson Street community. They produced this piece, called “Stalactight,” with help from a grant United Health Care gave to the Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership to fund art that promotes healthy living. The mural was unveiled during the Jefferson Street Community Health Fair back in August. I like the use of the drip technique on this piece, notably on the back part (see below). It’s not the Norf Collective’s only bicycle mural – another is found at Green Fleet Bicycle Shop a few blocks down the Jefferson Street. I’ll feature that one soon.

Located at 2035 Jefferson Street. The mural is on the west wall, facing the driveway between 2035 and Dimelo Motor Works. (Why a moto scooter repair and rental store is called “tell it to me” I’m not sure. Must be a story there.) There are a couple of parking spaces in front of 2035, but there’s no sign indicating if the building is even occupied. The scooter shop and the apartment building on the east side have parking, but your best best is probably just to park in the driveway if it’s not occupied.

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Be happy! (Norf Wall gallery, part 8)

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Sometimes the light dawns. This piece carries the Rasmo tag you see in a lot of graffiti art installations around town, which is also often found with the “UH” tag. Gee, I wonder what “UH” might stand for. (Well, it actually seems to be used to mean many things.) Turns out #uhcrew is a tag on Instagram, and I need to go back and retag several of my posts. Learn something new every day. This is part of the huge installation I’ve been doling out in pieces at the old tire factory between 19th and 18th Avenues North near Herman Street. This piece faces south is on the southwest side of the complex, visible from 19th. The piece below is at right angles to the one above, facing west. See Part 1 for more information on this site, and see the link for Part 1 on the map.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 9 Part 10

Located at the north end of the 800 block of 19th Street N., at the corner of Herman Street. It’s impossible to miss. Street parking is very haphazard. There is a lot of to see here, and also a lot of overgrown weeds (depending on the time of year) so wear the right shoes!

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Don’t mess with that panda! (Norf Wall gallery, part 7)

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Returning to a project I’ve neglected for a while, the Norf Wall. This image is well, a panda. It seems to be signed SMOK, possibly from Atlanta. We all know ATL is the airport code for Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta, right? No matter where you are going, you got to make a connection to Atlanta, and that includes Heaven and Hell. “Ultra Happy” appears elsewhere at the site. While this panda is inside the gate, and this is hidden art depending on the day and time, there is a gigantic Ultra Happy on the exterior that I’ll feature later. In the meantime, be careful about pandas. UPDATE: See part 8 about Ultra Happy and the #uhcrew.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10

See the pin for Part 1 on the map. Located at the north end of the 800 block of 19th Street N., at the corner of Herman Street. It’s impossible to miss. Street parking is very haphazard. There is a lot of to see here, and also a lot of overgrown weeds (depending on the time of year) so wear the right shoes!

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