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La Mexicana Market

“Caniceria” means “butcher shop,” so the pig and birds in this mural probably aren’t long for this world, despite the pig’s jaunty hat. Of course, we see other things you can get at La Mexicana Market, like agua fresca and tortillas. The picture above is part of a larger work (see below) that includes some of the usual themes of cacti and Old Mexico often found on Mexican grocery stores and restaurants. The mural is signed “Vera 2014,” which is short for Jose G. Vera-Gonzalez, who seems to do a fair amount of art for local Mexican restaurants, mostly indoors. This is the first example of his work on this blog, but there will no doubt be more. As I have noted before, the artists who decorate Hispanic and other ethnic businesses in town are important contributors to Nashville’s visual fabric, but they don’t get the same attention as the artists usually featured in “best Nashville murals” articles. Don’t you want your picture taken with that pig?

Market mural street art Nashville

Mexico mural street art Nashville

Located at 989 Murfreesboro Road. There is a fair amount of parking at the market.

Attaboy

Attaboy

For many years, when I talked about food in Nashville, I would say, “we’re ten years behind Atlanta.” But then the “It City” phenomenon took hold, gentrification went wild, and chefs from around the country began to establish themselves in Nashville. The bar scene quickly followed, including the decision of the muchballyhooed New York City bar Attaboy to establish a branch in Nashville. Attaboy is different from most bars. They don’t take your drink order. Instead, they ask you what you like, and the bartender creates a concoction for you. The hard to miss sign is a product of Philadelphia artist Eric Kenney, who also goes by Heavy Slime. Kenney mostly does posters and t-shirts and does his own screen printing. Looking through his work, the Attaboy sign is sunnier than a lot of it. As for the chicken on the bike, while Kenney’s work features DeathAngry Snoopy, and a crazed Mickey Mouse, this is the only chicken I can find. I imagine it’s a nod to East Nashville’s most famous culinary export. And how does a Philly artist wind up doing a sign in Nashville? Because one the partners, Brandon Bramhall, is Kenney’s cousin (and a former bartender at the New York Attaboy).

Located at 8 McFerrin Avenue. The mural faces south, across from the alley that is halfway between Woodland and Main. There is limited street parking, and Attaboy has just a few spaces, so maybe you should just take a late night rideshare to get some cocktails and enjoy the art!

Cock-a-doodle-do!

McDougals

What is with chicken wing places and big metal chickens? It definitely seems to be a thing. Indeed, the chicken above, found atop McDougal’s Chicken on White Bridge Road, looks remarkably like one of the two chickens found atop Smokin Thighs near the fairgrounds. They might both be products of A Rustic Garden, which will sell you chicken statues made from recycled metal from about $139 to nearly a thousand dollars. From the looks of it, if this is where they came from, both McDougal’s and Smokin went with less expensive models. Hey, let’s all get one!

Located at 316 White Bridge Road. Plenty of parking, though not so much at peak hours. Maybe McDougals’s will last longer than some of the other restaurants that have inhabited this spot!

Smokin’!

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If you go to Smokin Thighs, I hope you like chicken. Like, really, really like chicken. There are some non-chicken sides, and I imagine most of the drinks don’t have chicken in them, but you never know. But it’s not the smoked chicken inside but the metal ones up top that gets Smokin Thighs on this blog. Two metal fowl and two winking waitresses adorn the restaurant (and if you find their food truck, the winking waitress is found on it, too).

Located at 611 Wedgewood Avenue, within sight of the west entrance to the fairgrounds. Plenty of parking. Grab some wings and enjoy the art!

 

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