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The Fountain of Juice

Juice mural street art Nashville

On rapidly developing 51st Ave North in the heart of The Nations, you have to work to stand out. The Fountain of Juice is hard to miss with this mural by North Carolina artist Alyson Record. The Fountain of Juice makes and sells, guess what, juices, and uses raw fruits and vegetables grown organically from local sources. The mural thus is a representation of the raw materials Fountain of Juice uses to make its products. It’s reminiscent of a similar mural that’s just a few blocks away on the side of Miel. It too features the locally grown produce used in their menu and features mushrooms and flowers as well. It is somewhat blocked in this picture, but the mural is signed @ajoy.art, which leads to Record’s Instagram page, where you can find a story showing the process of producing the mural.

Located at 901 51st Avenue North. There is some parking in the back of the building, and street parking on Michigan and Illinois Avenues, north and south of the building. The mural is on the north side of the building. Get you some health juice and enjoy the art!

Fading beauty

Beauty sign mural street art Nashville

Handpainted signs like this one are found all around Nashville. They are particularly a feature of North Nashville, in the area of the Jefferson St. and Buchanan St. corridors, long a predominantly African American neighborhood. Steady gentrification has begun to encroach on the area, and some of these signs have disappeared as a result. The stately red brick building at the corner of Monroe and 9th Avenue is a survivor, dating back at least to 1900. JC Beauty Collection has not been so resilient. The building seems to have been empty for several years. One would hope it will be renovated and repurposed. Perhaps the new tenants, should that come to pass, will preserve this old sign, as Lockeland Table did when it moved into the old Boutique Coiffures building. Interestingly, there is a JC Beauty Mart in Clarksville, so perhaps the business simply moved. In any event, this piece of the North Nashville fabric must be considered endangered art.

Located at 817 Monroe Avenue, at the corner with 9th Ave North. This is across from the Kroger on Rosa Parks Blvd. There is parking at the Kroger, and street parking on 9th.

Galaxy Club

Galaxy Club mural street art Nashville

At the time of this posting, Galaxy Club on Murfreesboro gives every impression of being closed, with part of its parking lot torn up and the sign out front taken down and lying against the building. But a recent Instagram post suggests that it’s still a going concern, just beset with construction issues at the moment. So what I thought would be a post about the likely imminent destruction of this piece once a developer grabbed the property is nothing of the kind. The sign/mural is signed “Nacho,” which is not a signature I’ve seen on a mural decorating a Latino business before. Certainly, it’s one of the only space-themed outdoor murals in town. The only other one I can think of is Galactic Gardens, which features mostly flowers but does have space imagery as well.

Located at 1204 Murfreesboro Road, just a little north of Briley Parkway. During the day when the club is closed, there is lots of available parking.

El Nuevo Amanecer

Bar mural street art Nashville

The new dawn – that’s what El Nuevo Amanecer means. An interesting name for a bar, particularly since it’s not clear it’s even a going concern. Their Facebook page shows that they had a couple of shows last year, but nothing since September. The only review is from someone complaining about the noise. And this site that keeps track of business licenses lists Nuevo Amanecer as “Inactive Dissolved.” The artist is also mysterious. While I would guess whoever did this is likely one of the artists who specialize in decorating Latino businesses, those artists not only usually sign their work but add their phone number as well, in case you want to hire them. There’s nothing on this one. Given this is just a few blocks from the future soccer stadium, I imagine some developer will snatch it up soon enough. Get your selfies soon.

Located at 398 Rosedale Avenue. This is at the corner of Nolensville Road, along the 2200 block behind Restaurante El Paraiso. There is plenty of parking.

CBD, Street art style

CBD mural street art Nashville

Many shops selling cannabidiol, often called CBD, have popped up recently in Nashville. The legality of these stores has been complex, though the expansive legalization of hemp in the new Federal farm bill seems to put these stores on firmer ground. So why not a little art advertising their wares? LabCanna is actually a chain with several branches in Tennesee and neighboring states. Their outpost on Gallatin Road contracted the artist who goes by Mobe Oner to produce this advertisement of their main product line. Seriously, there are a lot of CBD stores in Nashville – including one barely a block away from this one!

Located at 1006 Gallatin Ave. There is parking in front and behind, as well as on side streets. The mural is just about 15 feet from the next building over, which, houses Pearl Diver, so shooting your portrait can get a little cramped!

A fading cut

Barbershop sign mural street art Nashville

This version of Miles Barbershop on Jefferson, along with La Unique Hair Design, is closed and has been for some time. What relationship it might have with the Miles Barbershop and Hair Salon on Ewing in northeast Nashville or the Miles Barbershop off Hickory Hollow in Antioch, I don’t know, though the fonts used in their different signs seem the same.  The damage from weather and mold is obvious for both the signs and the buildings, but they are a reminder that fancy hand-painted signs are nothing new. This kind of signage used to be common along the Jefferson and Buchan Street corridors, but there is less of it now. Jefferson Street is changing rapidly, and the fate of this building and its deteriorating signs is anybody’s guess. Maybe a future tenant will preserve the signs representing the old neighborhood, as happened when Lockeland Table moved into the old home of Boutique Coiffures.

Located at 1609 Jefferson Street. The signs are on the east side of the building. There is easy parking at this spot.

Crying Wolf, Part 1

Crying Wolf Full

I’ve been trying to get away from these multi-part posts as they are a pain, but there is just too much going on at Crying Wolf to cram into one post. I had long despaired of featuring this mural, as there are so often cars in that parking lot, but I got lucky recently. This mural went up in April 2017, as part of the “Do the Road” project – “A Traveling Artist Residency Program in an RV” – sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon. Hence all the outlines of the PBR symbol scattered on the mural. This one is the product of four artists, Kit Mizeres, Lauren Asta, Ramiro Davaro-Comas, and Denton Burrows. There’s a fence in the back that was done by Ratchi NYC that was part of the same project that I’ll feature in another post. All are from out of town, which helps to bring diversity to the outdoor art scene in Nashville.

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Located at 825 Woodland Sreet. The mural faces South 9th Street. Obviously, there’s parking at Crying Wolf, as well as some limited street parking. You may have to walk a bit. Try early in the morning if you want to take in the whole mural.

Marathon Gas Mural

Marathon Gas mural street art Nashville

The new mural by Michael Cooper of Murals and More is an interesting addition to Nashville’s outdoor art scene. Unlike most outdoor art murals in town, tourists won’t be getting their portraits taken in front of it, pretending perhaps to be run over by the large truck in the center.  The Marathon Gas terminal on 51st is decidedly industrial and off-limits to outsiders. That fence is as close as you’ll get without an invitation. But the Marathon terminal is also in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, on the north end of The Nations. Just down the street are places like Nicky’s Coal Fired Pizza, an outpost of Frothy Monkey, and a Frutta Bowls. Fancy apartments have opened a couple blocks north, and more are coming. And murals are popping up all over as part of this gentrification, such as the one for Village Realty and of course the giant silo mural. Marathon may simply be trying to stay in tune with the changing neighborhood, or it may be playing a little defense. The Nations used to be the kind of low and middle-income neighborhood that an industrial site holding hazardous material is often found in, but now Marathon has wealthier neighbors not always accustomed to living near such a site. Some art might make the relationship a little easier. In the slideshow below, take a look at how Cooper cleverly incorporated the Marathon sign that was already on the building.

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Located at 1472 51st Avenue North. There is some street parking south of the railroad and at local businesses. A path has recently been installed along the fence, and there’s a picnic table as well. Grab a cup at Frothy and enjoy the art!

Music City Modified

Auto modifier murals street art Nashville

I have to thank whoever runs Music City Modified’s Facebook page for actually crediting the artist who made these murals. It’s not unusual for a business to post something celebrating their new mural or other art without so much as a peep as to who the artist is. And in this case, the signature of Folek Kelof was hard for me to decipher. Besides a large rendering of the Music City Modified logo, Kelof has also produced a mural obviously inspired by the art on Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” album. Here, the empty hand from the album holds a wrench, the blank t-shirt gets an MCM logo, and the belt gets MCM’s black-and-red colors, but there’s no mistaking the iconic image.

Boss mural street art Nashville

Logo mural street art Nashville

Located at 105 Rains Avenue at the corner with Zimerlee Street. The murals face Zimerlee. As you can see, there’s parking.

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