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Mixtape

Wedgehill

If this mural were more centrally located, or more in a tourist zone, it would be in a hundred thousand selfies. As it stands, tucked away behind the fairgrounds, it doesn’t get quite the attention it probably deserves. Maybe that will change if the soccer stadium goes in. Put in back in December 2015, by local artist Josh Blevins, it makes clever use of the windows to evoke the shape of an old cassette tape. Too bad one of the windows is broken. You can see Blevins working on it on his Instagram page. Blevins also has a website, but the page seems to be down for the time being.

Located at 600 Benton Avenue, on the Wedgehill Market building. The mural is on the east side of the building, facing Bransford Avenue. The market has parking, and there is some street parking on Benton. Grab some sundries and enjoy the art!

And I’m all out of bubble gum

ShaolinLogo

If you don’t get the reference, you don’t spend much time on the internet. Shaolin Concepts is a martial arts school teaching a variety of East Asian martial arts with a — let’s call it “retro” website. Its logo is signed WorksofMike.Com,  the artist website of Michael “Ol Skool” Mucker, a tattoo artist (and murals, and car detailing, among other things), based at One Drop Ink Tattoo.  Another artist there was responsible for All the stars in the sky (Norf Wall gallery, part 10). Presumably, Mucker is responsible for the door as well (see below), but it isn’t signed.

ShaolinDoor

Located at 902 Hart Lane. There is parking here and at nearby business, and street parking is available on Home road.

Bend and twist

MarthonPilatesMain

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.

Memories of battle

BattleRealty

When does a simple sign become public art? Well, that’s a judgment call, of course. Here, I use a few criteria. Is it cool looking? Would it make a nice portrait/selfie if you were standing in front of it? Is it a well-established neighborhood fixture? The Battle Realtors sign meets all three. It appears prominently on the wall of a large, historic brick home at the top of the hill where Jefferson sails over 40/65. It’s absolutely unmissable. And it’s certainly a survivor. I’m not sure if it dates back to 1984, but I know it’s been there for at least 15 years. Its future is uncertain. Donald Battle, the proprietor, passed away in 2014, and it’s not clear what the status of the business is. The website has been allowed to expire, and there’s no other evidence of activity, on the internet at least. Call this endangered art. Get your selfie soon.

Located at 1033 12th Avenue North, at the corner with Jefferson Street, on the west side of the bridge over I-40 and I-65. The sign is very visible from Jefferson. There’s a mini-car wash directly in front of it. Parking can be found just to the west of the car wash.

Corner styles

MajorDiscountEast

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some straightforward graffiti. On both sides of the southeast corner of the Major Discount Liquors building on Dickerson Pike are two large installations. (The store seems to go by multiple names – see another example below.) Above, on the east wall, is a UH Crew installation that mixes angular and fluid elements. Below, on the south wall facing Hart Lane, is a much more spiky piece. The one below seems to read “LETS YM” to me, but that’s just a guess on my part. The one above is even more cryptic. That’s how many graffiti artists like it, though not all.

Major DiscountSouth.

Located at 2913 Dickerson Pike, at the corner with Hart Lane. Both of the installations are visible from Hart Lane. There is plenty of parking in front of the store and a driveway behind you can park in for a brief view of the art.

Legends

Legends

There is plenty of public art that takes some work to find. This is not an example of that. Located prominently at the western end of Lower Broad, this mural of some of the best-known country and Nashville musicians, put in last December, is hard to miss. Given that it’s essentially an advertisement for the Legends Corner bar, that’s kind of the point. It’s no doubt a major backdrop for selfies and portraits. The artist is Tim Davis, a painter, muralist and wall finisher whose business is based in Mt. Juliet. Based on the gallery of murals on his website, most of his work is actually indoors, with this being an obvious exception. Unlike most outdoor murals, this one is a set of panels attached to the wall. And take a look at it on Google Street view – Google’s algorithms have hilariously blurred many of the faces.

Located at 428 Broadway. The mural actually faces 5th Avenue North, on the west side of the building. This is downtown, in the heart of the tourist zone. Plenty of parking if you walk a ways, none of it free. You’re better off taking a taxi or rideshare. Make it part of your next bachelorette party, and enjoy the art!

A bottle of red, a bottle of white

MamaMia

The building that lies at the northwest corner of Harding and Trousdale has various restaurants. There’s Donut Place and Sub House, Bei Jing Chinese, and Back to Cuba Cafe. But this mural visible from Harding on the south side of the building advertises a restaurant in a different building, Mamma Mia’s, which lies just north.  Oddly, there are no words, no indication what this mural is advertising, but it is clearly a copy of the image found on Momma Mia’s sign. I suppose you are just supposed to guess that Italian food is somewhere nearby, and you must seek it out.

Located at 735 Harding Place/4961 Trousdale Drive. The mural is on the south side of the building, facing Harding. This a small strip mall, with plenty of parking here and nearby businesses. Mamma Mia’s is next door at 4671 Trousdale Drive. Grab some grub and enjoy the art!

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