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Run and don’t ever stop


The blog has been quiet for a few days because of holiday madness. (Your intrepid blogger threw a very big party.) This Jefferson street mural has no label, but it’s no trouble to recognize the artist or the subject matter. This is a Yusef Hubb piece, who goes by Dough Joe and is a member of the Norf Collective. And that, of course, is Coach Ed Temple encouraging Wilma Rudolph to run, run, run. Temple was the legendary track coach at Tennesee State University, where among his many accomplishments he coached Rudolph as she prepared for her record-setting gold medal performance at the 1960 Olympics. There is a big statue honoring Rudolph at TSU. There’s one of Temple at First Tennessee Park that is not yet on the blog. Temple died this September. The mural serves as a memorial to him and Rudolph, who died in 1994.



Located at 1022 Jefferson Street, on the west side of the Jefferson Street Sports Bar building. There is parking behind the bar and at nearby businesses. The nearest street parking is across Jefferson on Warren Street.

Music on two wheels


Since last summer, a collection of musical greats has been freewheeling on the east wall of Green Fleet Bicycle Shop, courtesy of @doughjoe, otherwise known as Yusef Hubb. Stevie Wonder, Etta James, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin and Little Richard are all getting a little crazy, though how Hendrix is managing to ride and play at the same time — well, he’s Jimi Hendrix. You don’t question. Hubb, who is part of the Norf Collective, frequently depicts musicians in his work, such as in An icon under the bridge, revisited. The #ridenorf tag references a Jefferson Street Art Crawl from last June. Green Fleet Bicycle Shop, besides being a place to get a new bike or repair your old one, also does bicycle tours of Nashville and will rent you a bike to do a tour on your own. The bike store grew out of Green Fleet Messengers, which is still going strong.

Located at 934 Jefferson Street. The mural faces east. There is some parking at the store, including around back (best accessed from Enoch Jones Blvd.) Not much street parking nearby, so you might have to walk a bit. Hey, you were going to rent a bike anyway, right?

Walk with bees (Norf Wall gallery, part 4)

Bees mural street art Nashville

This is another of the many murals found at the old tire factory on 19th near Herman, this one featuring, well, walking with bees. I have noticed bees and wasps as a recurring motif in some of the local murals. This one is a @DoughJoe piece (otherwise known as Yusef Hubb). Turns out the festival that produced these murals got a nice shoutout from the Nashville Scene as a Writer’s Choice in the “Best of” issue – “Best Public Art Project.” And while you’re there, check out this little bit of snark from the Scene – Best Public Art: Murals That Don’t Involve the Word ‘Nashville.’ Hey, we’re all about leaving no art behind here at the blog, but I hear ya, Ashley Spurgeon, I hear ya. As for this non-“Nashville”-containing mural, it’s in the part of the factory that’s often behind a locked gate, so it gets the “hidden art” designation.

Part 1   Part 2   Part 3 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11 Part 12 Part 13

See the pin for Part 1 on the map. Located at the north end of the 800 block of 19th Street N., at the corner of Herman Street. It’s impossible to miss. Street parking is very haphazard. There is a lot of art to see here, and also a lot of overgrown weeds (depending on the time of year) so wear the right shoes!

Guitar heroes

Guitarists mural street art Nashville

The Norf Collective continues to expand its repertoire, turning much of the Jefferson Street neighborhood into a growing art gallery. With help from a grant from United Healthcare, several new works have gone up recently, including this enormous Dough Joe piece on the west wall of the Elks Lodge. And I do mean enormous, as the picture above is only part of an even larger piece (see below). Dough Joe told Fox 17 that the main panel pays homage to an epic guitar battle between Johnny Jones and Jimi Hendrix back when the building housed Club Baron. Efforts are underway to get historic status for the building, so hopefully this mural will be in place for a long time.

Located at 2614 Jefferson Street. Plenty of nearby parking.

Guitarists mural street art Nashville

Audience mural street art Nashville

An icon under the bridge, revisited 

Miles Davis mural street art Nashville
When I first saw this Dough Joe portrait of Miles Davis on Herman Street underneath the D. B. Todd Blvd. bridge, I did not realize it was a canvas. You don’t see many of those in outdoor art, but the bridge helps to protect it. The lettering below has changed recently. What used to be a very simple “Inspiration Place” has become an exuberant “Love the Hood.” The portrait of the white-haired individual is someone I recognize but can’t name, [UPDATE: It’s Nikki Giovanni] and is newer than the other two. I also include a stencil that may or may not be a Norf Collective production like the rest of this.

Located below the Dr. D. B. Todd Jr. Blvd. overpass on Hernan Street, between 18th and 19th Aves.

I featured the Hendrix portrait in An icon under the bridge.

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An icon under the bridge


There are a number of murals in the Osage-Clifton-Jefferson area. One artist who works in that area signs his work “Dough Joe,” including this one. This Jimi Hendrix piece accompanies another, similar piece featuring Miles Davis (which I’ll feature in a later post). Both are found below the Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd. overpass  on Herman Street, between 18th and 19th Aves North. Being protected under a bridge hopefully will make these a little more long-lasting.

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