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The South Wall (Norf Wall gallery, part 9)

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Returning to an older project (almost finished!), here is the south outside wall of the old tire factory on Herman Street. This wall is almost entirely elaborate tags. Up on the second floor, there’s a tag for “UTL Krew.” The #utlcrew tag on Instagram reveals UTL to be a group of Atlanta artists, who use the Mibs and Seimr tags seen at the west end of the building. It would seem too they are responsible for Unsafe at any speed. At the far east of the wall, a UH tag appears, so locals were also involved in this working this wall. It’s somewhat overgrown, no doubt worse in the summer, but the tracks at least mean you don’t have to fight your way through vegetation. See Part 1 for more information on this site, and see the link for Part 1 on the map.

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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 to see here, and also a lot of overgrown weeds (depending on the time of year) so wear the right shoes!

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Get healthy!

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The Norf Art Collective, now found at Norfstudios.com, continues to bring more and more art to the North Nashville/Jefferson Street community. They produced this piece, called “Stalactight,” with help from a grant United Health Care gave to the Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership to fund art that promotes healthy living. The mural was unveiled during the Jefferson Street Community Health Fair back in August. I like the use of the drip technique on this piece, notably on the back part (see below). It’s not the Norf Collective’s only bicycle mural – another is found at Green Fleet Bicycle Shop a few blocks down the Jefferson Street. I’ll feature that one soon.

Located at 2035 Jefferson Street. The mural is on the west wall, facing the driveway between 2035 and Dimelo Motor Works. (Why a moto scooter repair and rental store is called “tell it to me” I’m not sure. Must be a story there.) There are a couple of parking spaces in front of 2035, but there’s no sign indicating if the building is even occupied. The scooter shop and the apartment building on the east side have parking, but your best best is probably just to park in the driveway if it’s not occupied.

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Be happy! (Norf Wall gallery, part 8)

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Sometimes the light dawns. This piece carries the Rasmo tag you see in a lot of graffiti art installations around town, which is also often found with the “UH” tag. Gee, I wonder what “UH” might stand for. (Well, it actually seems to be used to mean many things.) Turns out #uhcrew is a tag on Instagram, and I need to go back and retag several of my posts. Learn something new every day. This is part of the huge installation I’ve been doling out in pieces at the old tire factory between 19th and 18th Avenues North near Herman Street. This piece faces south is on the southwest side of the complex, visible from 19th. The piece below is at right angles to the one above, facing west. See Part 1 for more information on this site, and see the link for Part 1 on the map.

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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!

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Don’t mess with that panda! (Norf Wall gallery, part 7)

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Returning to a project I’ve neglected for a while, the Norf Wall. This image is well, a panda. It seems to be signed SMOK, possibly from Atlanta. We all know ATL is the airport code for Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta, right? No matter where you are going, you got to make a connection to Atlanta, and that includes Heaven and Hell. “Ultra Happy” appears elsewhere at the site. While this panda is inside the gate, and this is hidden art depending on the day and time, there is a gigantic Ultra Happy on the exterior that I’ll feature later. In the meantime, be careful about pandas. UPDATE: See part 8 about Ultra Happy and the #uhcrew.

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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 to see here, and also a lot of overgrown weeds (depending on the time of year) so wear the right shoes!

Not an object (Norf Wall gallery, part 6)

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This piece is signed by ArJae @caffeinedream. The artist also apparently goes by Sanctus ArJae Syyreal. Oddly, this piece doesn’t seem to be featured on his Instagram page. Striking as it is, I have to tag it “hidden art,” because it’s one of the pieces that is usually behind a locked gate, in the interior courtyard of the old tire factory on 19th near Herman. See Part 1 for a description of how this and the other pieces at this site came to be.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11 Part 12

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!

Walk with bees (Norf Wall gallery, part 4)

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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.

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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

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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.

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An icon under the bridge, revisited 

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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 gentleman is someone I recognize but can’t name, 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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Jay Jenkins and the Norf Collectve

Here’s a short film describing the work of artist Jay Jenkins, who is part of the Norf Collective, which has produced a number of pieces seen around town, working primarily in North Nashville. Definitely worth checking out if you’re interested in where some of this art comes from.

Choice Documentary – Jay Jenkins from Drew Goodwin on Vimeo.

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