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Feeling like you need a good cocktail? Maybe you should try out the newish bar The Fox Bar and Cocktail Lounge. Their online menu does include some desserts and appetizers, but this is a place about cocktails. The odd logo is courtesy of  Brian Wooden, he of the dapper headless men. More evidence that Nashville business owners understand the importance of public art.

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Located at 2905B Gallatin Pike. A fair amount of parking here and around back. Grab a drink from Fox or maybe some pasta from neighboring Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen. Highly recommended.

Batter up!

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The bathrooms at the easternmost baseball fields in Shelby Park are a fair more spectacular than all the others. Two artists who go by Sterbo and Downs have graced this modest cinder block building with art and a name. On the east side, we see a pitcher and a batter facing off, while on the west we find a declaration of local pride, Shelby Bottoms style. The doors to the bathrooms are also fancied up a bit.

Located, as the building declares, at 1801 Davidson Street. Even Google Maps doesn’t  know this street name. The bathroom is found at the far east and south of Shelby Park, close to the river, just before you get to the railroad trellis. Plenty of free parking in the park, though you may have to walk a bit. If there are no games in action, the bathrooms may be found behind locked gates.

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Jump in, the water’s fine!

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I’ve been meaning to blog about this one for a long time, but the identity of the gentleman in this Michael Cooper (Murals & More) piece stymied me. The identity of the woman was easy to figure out. That’s Anne Brown, owner of The Arts Company, a gallery on Fifth Avenue. I should have known who the gentleman was. He is, after all, “The man behind the Sounds new ballpark.” That’s Ronald Gobbell, architect and president emeritus of Gobbell Hays Partners, an architectural firm that owns the building.

Located at 215 5th Avenue North. The mural actually faces St. Cloud Alley, on the back (west) side of the building. St. Cloud intersects with the 500 block of Church Street. This is downtown, so lots of parking, none of it free. There is a paid lot right in front of the mural. On the other side of the lot is Forget the past and a couple other murals I haven’t blogged about yet. Make it all part of your downtown art crawl, held each first Saturday of the month.

Writing the way to world peace

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Renda Writer is an artist who is doing his part for world peace by bringing this simple mantra to walls around the country. A lot of his other art also makes use of words and strong lines. Ours, found on the long-derelict Porter Road gas station that now houses Arbor Springs Lawn Care and Landscaping, went up in September. The list of sites on his blog is a little out of date as it ends in August of this year, but it shows that he’s been at this for a couple of years with sites all over the country. One of his murals recently made a brief appearance in a Square Capital ad (0:10 and 0:31), and they are certainly all selfie/portrait ready.

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Located at 1200 Porter Road, at the corner with Greenwood Avenue. Vinyl Tap in the old Family Wash site is across the street on Greenwood, while Cafe Roze is catty-corner across Porter, and Southen Grist Brewing is directly across Porter. All of which explains why the parking you see in the picture is now paid parking. Welcome to Nashville. There is some limited street parking on Greenwood.

An update and a goodbye

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I’ve been meaning to update Have a beer! A really big beer! for some time, as a new mural was added (above) facing the original, and either I missed the one on the back wall the first time, or it got added later. In any event, the one above is quite appropriate, because unless you get there before close on Wednesday (November 15, 2017), you will have, in fact, missed The Hop Stop, which is set to close for good that night. The new proprietors plan a craft brewery designed to cater to Hop Stop customers. Perhaps then they will only make changes to the name in the three murals, but that remains to be seen. While not signed, these two are presumably the work of Anthony Billups, who did the one featured in “Have a beer!” See the pin for that post on the map.

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Located at 2909B and 2913 Gallatin Pike. The mural above is on the south wall of 2913, home of East Tattoo Collective. The one below is on the back, western side of 2909B where The Hop Stop will be located for one more day. Plenty of parking – and some good food and some good beer if you’re really quick!

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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

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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.

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

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