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Black and white mystery


Sometimes my investigative skills fail me. This arresting mural is found on a concrete wall that helps form a private yard behind the Sun Diner and the Patsy Cline Museum. The Johnny Cash Museum is next door, and the wall actually attaches to the back corner of Tequila Cowboy (based on that website, no one over twenty-eight ever goes inside Tequila Cowboy). When I first saw it, I figured my work was already done, that I would quickly figure out who Alton Ross is, and what he has to do with skulls. I found nothing. There are Alton Rosses out there, but none I could find a connection to here. No connection to any of the neighboring businesses turns up. A few folks have posted pictures of themselves standing in front of this mural. One guy used a lot of punk rock hashtags with his photo, but that led nowhere. So, if you know what this is about, let me know!

Located behind 105 Third Avenue South (Sun Diner), at the end of the alley/parking lot that heads south from Broadway between Broadway Brewhouse and Tequila Cowboy. If you are on the 100 block of Fourth Avenue South and look across the parking lot to the Patsy Cline Museum sign, the mural is below that sign.

Order up!


Appropriate I think to this time of feasting, here’s the mural on the back wall of Nashville Biscuit House. I love the details in this mural, such as the two guys staring at their phones and the elaborate tattoo on the arm of the girl working at her laptop. The mural looks for all the world like what you find in a coffee shop if the coffee shop was outdoors and there happened to be a motorcycle cop who was just leaving. On the NBH web page, there is no information about the mural, and on their Facebook page I found only that the mural was done four years ago (roughly late 2012) by “Kate.” No signature is visible on the mural itself. The mural is certainly popular. Search for “Nashville Biscuit House mural” in your favorite search engine and you’ll find lots of people who’ve posted about it. NBH is a Southern/Meat&3 place that I can’t recommend enough. They are open for breakfast and lunch only, Monday through Saturday, and be ready to stand in line on Saturday.

Located at 805 Gallatin Avenue. The mural is on the back (east) side of the building, so this counts as hidden art. If you want an unobstructed view, go when the restaurant is closed, because otherwise the parking lot is fairly full or completely full. Make a point of stopping by for a bite, then walk around back and check out the art!

Big MaMa doesn’t work here any more

Restaurant sign with food street art Nashville
Up Clarksville Highway, there isn’t a lot of public art of any kind. Some neighborhoods are dense with public art, official or otherwise — this one isn’t. But there is this enthusiastic sign advertising the grub at Big MaMa’s! Unfortunately, Big MaMa’s is closed and there’s a For Sale sign on the door. So the fate of the restaurant and this mural is uncertain.

Located on the south wall of Joelton Plaza on the 5500 block of Clarksville Highway. Lots of parking, but no burgers at Big MaMa’s, at least for the moment.

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