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July 4, 2020

Happy Fourth of July everyone! Of course, this year, the 4th is a little different. 2020 has not been an easy year, and we are only halfway through it. Maybe this stern-faced eagle by the artist JamersonSGC (who often signs his work “Low Key Art”) is exactly what we need. Its gaze seems a little disapproving, reminding us of our civic duty, implying that we haven’t quite measured up. Or maybe I just read it that way in the face of – waves hand around – everything that’s been happening. Sometimes being a citizen is easy, and sometimes it is hard, and in 2020 it isn’t easy.

Jamerson has engulfed the whole building in art. The eagle is found on the back of Marley’s Market and Restaurant on Lafayette Street, roughly the south side of the building. On the east side, the left if you are standing at the entrance, is a brown-and-black American flag. And wrapping across the front and the west side of the building is an American flag with an African-American man’s portrait. I’ve seen convenience stores with flag murals before, but nothing on this scale.

Again, have a happy and safe holiday weekend. And think about what that eagle might be trying to tell you.

Located at 141 Lafayette Street. There is parking at the market.

The Villager Flag – Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day, a flag. Not just any flag, but the flag that adorns the facade of The Villager Tavern in Hillsboro Village. The Villager is one of the last holdouts against the gentrification of Hillsboro Village. The smokey bar with dartboards and the pictures of patrons plastering the walls has been in place since 1973. I don’t know who painted the flag originally, but it had gotten in pretty sad shape. I do know however that it was recently restored by Eastside Murals. You can also tell from the photo I linked to that it wasn’t always blocked by a pedestrian crossing sign, but pedestrian deaths in Nashville are a problem, so I’m fine with the sign.

I hope that everyone had a good Memorial Day. Always remember our fallen.

Villager Flag mural Nashville Street Art

Located at 1719 21st Avenue South. There’s plenty of parking in Hillsboro Village, but almost none of it is free.

A very sturdy 4th

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I don’t know who built this wooden flag at the Nashville office of Summit Roofing. Probably some of the fine folks featured on their Facebook page. But I bet it’s designed to hold up in all kinds of weather (as it should). These are roofers, after all. Happy 4th of July everyone!

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Located at 655 North Main Street (aka Dickerson Pike) in Goodlettsville, a few blocks north of the intersection with Riverside Parkway. The flag is on the north side of the building. Summit has some parking, but it might be better to park at the Phillips 66 next door.

La Cocina Dominicana

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There’s been a bit of a theme of lost art recently on this blog, and here is another example, but with a twist. The vibrant piece above is alive and well and advertising Dominican food on Nolensville Road. But what is now La Cocina Dominicana used to be Carribean Express, with a mural I featured in I’m just here for the food. That mural also featured the out of kilter parking sign, but Grenadian symbolism has now been replaced with Dominican imagery. Sadly, I never went to Carribean Express. I don’t intend to make that mistake again. The mural here is the work of Jose F. Vargas, who has worked on other Latino businesses and who I’ve featured before in posts like Gotta get that bling!.

Located at 4407 Nolensville Pike. There is parking in the back. If you are new to Dominican food, try the mofongo. Chow down and enjoy the art!

Celebrate, donate

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It’s the Fourth of July, and here’s a flag! This particular flag graces the front wall of the Nashville Rescue Mission donation drop off center. The NRC is a Christian oriented social services provider, providing meals for the hungry as well meeting various kinds of other basic needs and a variety of services for the poor and those in need. If you’d like to make an in-kind donation, take a look at the list of needs on this page. They also, of course, take cash donations.

Located at 618 7th Avenue South. This neighborhood has a fair amount of street parking, and it’s fairly easy to park at local businesses. Drop off your donation and enjoy the art!

Another patriotic store

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U.S. Discount on Nolensville Rd. is another example of the flag-draped convenience store. We’ve seen this before – I featured A very patriotic convenience store back on the Fourth of July, 2016. I do wonder if these stores, often run by immigrants, are trying to assert their love of country in a political environment that questions that. I suppose I could go inside and ask, but that’s a tough one. This is the south side of U.S. Discount, and there is another flag on the north side (second picture below). The signature is a little tough (first picture below). Looks like George Jalle or Jalli to me, but I have found no such artist on the internet.

Located at 1997 Nolensville Pike. The store is tiny, and has huge amount of parking by comparison. Stop by, grab a soda or a beer, and enjoy the art!

A very patriotic convenience store


Just a hop-skip and an Olympic stone’s throw from my last post is Danial Market. Many convenience stores in Nashville sport large, complex murals, some of which would really require multiple blog posts. But Danial is simple and direct — it’s the flag! Even if the design is a bit creative. Inside, along with the usual, Danial also carries an extensive collection of what I assume are quality bongs.

Have a very spirited Fourth of July!

At 2511 Dickerson Pike.

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