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Fish & Pig mural street art Nashville

Sometimes art can be near a very busy spot and still be a little hidden. This piece by @maczorgan apparently went up in August 2017 and lies on a very busy stretch of Charlotte I drive down a lot. But, it faces away from Charlotte. Had I not had to take a detour, I would not have seen it. I thought about titling this post based on some riff about lipstick on a pig, but I couldn’t figure how to get the catfish in. So I went with The Ridge’s slogan instead. The Ridge is a primarily a pork barbeque and fried catfish place, but they have other stuff as well, like fish tacos. I can personally vouch for their Mexican street style corn.

Located on 333 54th Avenue North, just south of Charlotte Avenue. Technically, the mural is on the property of the Citgo next door, which is on the corner of 54th and Charlotte. There is street parking on 54th and parking at The Ridge, so grab some grub and enjoy the art!

Off the Wall (Part 12)

Tate

The Off The Wall Nashville project has been finished for a while now, and my cataloging of it is also almost done. This piece is by Sarah Liz Tate, a Nashville illustrator. The positive message of “I.G.B.O.K,” according to Off The Wall, is meant to highlight mental health awareness. Like several of the Off the Wall murals, this one was sponsored by the Buckingham Foundation.

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Located at 3020 Charlotte Avenue. Your best bet for parking is perhaps across the street at Cross Fit Nashville or street parking on 31st Avenue north of Charlotte.

Off the Wall (Part 11)

BTCatMain

I am almost done with the Off the Wall murals! Before I knew who the artist was, I labeled the folder I kept photos of this one in “Ice Cream,” because the colors and designs make me think of an ice cream shop. The artist is Kyle Brooks, who goes by Black Cat Tips. He’s Atlanta-based, so we’re homebodies of a sort, as I grew up in the Atlanta area. On his website, he talks about his experience making this mural (I thought about calling this post “7 Bananas”) and there’s a video to go with it.  This mural was sponsored by the Buckingham Foundation.

UPDATE: I realized a couple months later, this was blog post #400! Woo-hoo!

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Located at 3020 Charlotte Avenue. Your best bet for parking is perhaps across the street at Cross Fit Nashville or street parking on 31st Avenue north of Charlotte.

Off the Wall (Part 10) – Jessi Zazu

JessiZazu

One of the last murals to be finished in the Off the Wall project on Charlotte Avenue is this portrait of Jessi Zazu. Zazu was best known as the frontwoman of Those Darlins. It was her death due to cancer in 2017 that led to this mural. Zazu fought a very public battle against her illness. That and her broader legacy as an artist, activist, and a supporter of other artists led friends and family to found Jessi Zazu, Inc. to advance that legacy and the causes important to Zazu. The design of the portrait is by Billy Lilly and features prominently on Jessi Zazu Inc.’s website. They also sell it on a t-shirt. (I have one!) The design was turned into this mural by Emmett Wariner (Zazu’s brother) and Duncan Shea, a member of Music Band who also toured with Those Darlings. The #aintafraid tag references a song of that name that Zazu wrote long before her illness, the title of which became her mantra during her fight against cancer. The mural was sponsored by Novatech.

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Located at 3020 Charlotte Avenue. Your best bet for parking is perhaps across the street at Cross Fit Nashville or street parking on 31st Avenue north of Charlotte.

Off the wall (Part 9)

Donahue

The Off the Wall project finished up recently, celebrating with a launch party a couple weeks ago. And I’m working to wrap up this series documenting it. This piece is another work, titled “Sprite Mural,” is by Brandon Donahue, prominent local artist and TSU art professor. It’s one of the more recent murals to go up as part of this project, and was sponsored by Coca-Cola Consolidated, an independent Coca-Cola bottler. According to the Off the Wall site, the mural “includes North Nashville local boxer, Sena Agbeko, the late hip-hop artist Craig Mack who passed away a week before the mural [was finished].”

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Located at 3020 Charlotte Avenue. Your best bet for parking is perhaps across the street at Cross Fit Nashville or street parking on 31st Avenue north of Charlotte.

Off the Wall (Part 8)

Martin

The Off the Wall Project is finally finished, and I am working to wrap up this series.  I doubt if I will have it done before the September 21st Launch Party, but if you are interested in the Nashville mural scene, you should RSVP for that party. This work is by Julia Martin, owner of the Julia Martin Gallery. Her own artist’s page at that site shows that this work reflects a consistent style. Several of the Off the Wall murals were sponsored by the Buckingham Foundation. Martin was fortunate to be the first to win backing from Buckingham for her mural.

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Located at 3020 Charlotte Avenue. Your best bet for parking is perhaps across the street at Cross Fit Nashville or street parking on 31st Avenue north of Charlotte.

Off the Wall (Part 7)

Booker

Since the Off the Wall project is now finished, I’ll be posting on them fairly frequently over the next two to three weeks to wrap up my own series on it. This mural is by Omari Booker, who just happens to be a graduate of Tennessee State University’s Art Department (being a TSU History prof, I’m more than happy to point to the success of a TSU grad). He explains on his Instagram page that the image is of himself and his older sister when they were kids. Damali Ayana Booker passed away in 2002, and Omari sees this mural as a memorial to her. The mural was sponsored by the Buckingham Foundation.

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Located at 3020 Charlotte Avenue. This mural actually faces 28th/31st Avenue North. Your best bet for parking is perhaps across the street at Cross Fit Nashville or street parking on 31st Avenue north of Charlotte.

Off the wall (Part 6)

Quilt

The Off The Wall project on Charlotte, which had been going slowly, has taken off like gangbusters in recent weeks. One mural is left to be finished, and the space will be completely filled with art. This mural, called “The Nashville Quilt,” is not one of the new ones, but has been up for a few months. (I’m an historian, not a journalist!) While the background is by Jake and Hana Elliott of What. Creative Group, the various “patches” are by artists from non-profits that partnered with What.Creative. Lily Clayton Hansen did profiles of each artist for Word of Mouth, with photography by Elizabeth Ratliff. I encourage you to check them out. For one, this post would be impossibly long if I tried to write up each artist, and Hansen and Ratliff have already done a superior job.

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Located at 3020 Charlotte Avenue. This mural actually faces 28th/31st Avenue North. Your best bet for parking is perhaps across the street at Cross Fit Nashville or street parking on 31st Avenue north of Charlotte.

Honey

Miel

That’s what “miel” means in Spanish. And if you look close at the mostly mushroom-themed mural, you’ll see a bee in the upper center area. Miel is the name of a generally well-reviewed restaurant found in Sylvan Park just off Charlotte Pike. Miel prides itself on using local ingredients and maintaining sustainable practices. It’s a foody kind of place where you should probably get reservations. The mural is by Andie Estes (@byandie on Instagram), who besides the mural seems to also be responsible for much of Miel’s branding. Based on Miel’s Instagram account, this seems to be a very recent mural, having gone up in late July.

UPDATE: I have been told by the artist that “the mural is an abstract representation of the garden the owner has built onsite.”

Located at 343 53rd Avenue North, within sight of Charlotte Pike, behind Bobbie’s Dairy Dip. There is some limited street parking. Miel’s is not open for lunch, so in the morning and early afternoon, you can probably park in their small lot. Get some quality grub and enjoy the art!

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