Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

A Work of Street Art: The Best Murals in Nashville

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The more I deviate from my normal route in Nashville (thanks, traffic), the more I see more and more murals; they seem to popping up left and right. And I love it. They’re unavoidable, and they’re stunning (most of them, at least).

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

For those of you passing through and looking for a great photo backdrop, I finally spent a handful of days traveling around Music City’s many neighborhoods to compile a list of best walls and murals in Nashville. This is just a start; I plan to add to this list the more I find.

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City | I Believe in Nashville mural

Germantown

The neighborhood I spend most of my time in thanks to my yoga studio’s location is also one that’s quite walkable. Park your car near Steadfast Coffee and hit up these walls and murals by foot.

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City
Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

Rolf & Daughters wall (Shantell Martin); 700 Taylor St. at 7th Avenue North

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

private commission by Eastside Murals; 5th Avenue North and Monroe Street

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City
Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

Nashville scenes; Rosa L Parks Boulevard and Taylor Street, across from Werthan Lofts

Marathon Village

My friend Adrien Saporiti is the brains behind the iconic “I Believe in Nashville” mural, which has been posted more than one million times from seven different continents and which you can now see in Marathon Village, Riverside Village and in 12South. I prefer the Marathon Village location as it’s usually devoid of large crowds (though parking is tricky), plus you can visit Nelson’s Green Brier and Corsair distilleries while there. Side note: You can pick up Adrien’s original designs in print and T-shirt form around town and also from his shop in East Nashville.

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

I Believe in Nashville murals (Adrien Saporiti); Clinton Street, 625 Main St. and 2702 12th Ave. S

Jefferson Street Corridor

For those interested in Civil Rights history, there are some fascinating pieces along Jefferson near the Tennessee State University campus, particularly beneath the I-40 underpass.

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

Green Fleet Bicycle Shop mural; 934 Jefferson St.

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

Gateway to Heritage murals; Jefferson Street beneath I-40

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

blues singers mural; Jefferson Street between 26th and 27th Avenues

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

Elks Lodge mural; 2614 Jefferson St.

The Gulch

The “Wings mural” as many call it became the first conversation starter in the Gulch, but a number of bright, splashy creations have joined the fray this year so it’s worth strolling down 11th Avenue South to see else what you may find.

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

Nashville What Lifts You mural (Kelsey Montague); 11th Avenue South (near Biscuit Love/behind Taziki’s)

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City
Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

The Nashville Walls Project (Ian Ross, Jason Woodside); 11th Avenue South and Laurel Street

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

12th and Porter mural (Kim Kennedy); 114 12th Ave. N

Hillsboro Village

Hillsboro Village is changing dramatically; it’s easier to arrive on foot than find parking. But if you can nab a coveted spot, there’s a paid lot behind Pancake Pantry just off Belcourt Avenue (be sure and get a ticket before you leave your car as meter maids here are brutal!). An hour is all you need to wander this small area on the Vanderbilt campus and snap a couple shots of its walls.

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

Dragon Mural (David Glick, Adam Randolph); 2102 Belcourt Ave., across from the Belcourt Theatre and Pangaea

12South

12South is another one of those highly walkable ‘hoods with murals tucked around every corner. Park on one of the side streets (make sure it’s not a residential-only parking area) and walk from one length at Sevier Park to the other at 12South Flats.

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

Nashville rainbow mural; 2705 12th Ave. S

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City
Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

Draper James wall; 2608 12th Ave. S

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

flowers mural; 2900 12th Ave. S (the side of Green Pea Salon)

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

Make Music Not War mural; 2902 12th Ave. S (the side of Epice, across from Green Pea Salon)

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

Halycon Bike Shop mural; 2802 12th Ave. S

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

12South graffiti; 12th Avenue South and Elmwood Avenue (photo credit: Joe Hendricks)

Charlotte/Sylvan Park

Many of the murals along Charlotte Avenue are located along one stretch installed by Off the Wall Charlotte, a project back by the Greater Nashville Arts & Business Council, and they’re a bit tricky to reach by foot, so it’s best to park in the lot in front of AVO and cross the street at the traffic light with your photographer poised on the other side of the busy road.

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

AVO mural; 3 City Ave.

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

Take Flight mural (OFF the Wall Nashville); Charlotte Avenue at 28th Avenue North

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

Fly Higher mural (Joseph “Sentrock” Perez/OFF the Wall Nashville);Charlotte Avenue at 28th Avenue North

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

Import Flowers Nashville mural; 3636 Murphy Rd.

The Nations

The Nations is very much up-and-coming, and so far, the only mural that’s really grabbed the public’s attention is this 160-foot-tall portrait of 91-year-old Nashville native Lee Estes painted on an old silo.

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

silo mural (Guido van Helten); 1407 51st Ave. N

Music Row/Midtown

Music Row isn’t exactly brimming with street art; you have to go in search of fun pieces like this by heading down Roy Acuff Lane on foot. Pro tip: Also grab a photo with the guitar installations outside of Studio B while you’re there.

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City
Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

dueling cowboys mural (Mike Shine); 24 Music Square West, across the street from Historic RCA Studio B

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

walls inside Le Sel (Alic Daniel); 1922 Adelicia St.

Downtown

Downtown is dotted with murals—like the Rainbow Walls that Instagram commissioned from Adrien Saporiti for IG’s #KindComments campaign in support of the LGBTQ community—but there are also a number of country music personalities like Johnny Cash who have their own dedicated pieces of art.

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City
Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

The Wall of Cash mural (Thoughts Manifested Crew); 300 4th Ave. South

East Nashville

Of all the neighborhoods in town, East Nashville is the one most brimming with street art of all kinds. You’ll find it on the sides of buildings, you’ll see it hidden beneath construction zones, you’ll spy paintings on the backs of residential fences. Really, it’s best to just go for a drive through Five Points, Lockeland Springs and down Gallatin Pike to see what all you can find.

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

Stay Tuned Nashville mural (Adrien Saporiti); Center 615 at 625 Main St.

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City
Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

Octopus mural; 604 Gallatin Ave.

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City
Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

Five Points murals; 103 South 11th St. (on the side of and behind Eastside Cycles)

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

Microsoft mural; 1106 Gallatin Ave.

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City
Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

The Cobra mural; 2511 Gallatin Ave.

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City
Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

Betor Forever mural; Gallatin Pike and Carolyn Avenue (side of Pocket Monkey Recycling)

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I still have several murals left to photograph—particularly Downtown right off Broadway, which is easier said than done thanks to our growing traffic problem—so I’ll add to this list as I shoot them. Feel free and drop me a note in the comments highlighting any murals I’ve missed so far!

Nashville Murals and Walls: The Best Street Art in Music City

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COMMENTS
  • August 22, 2017

    This is so fun! I had no idea there were so many murals in Nashville now.

    • August 22, 2017

      SO many! I can’t keep up. Downtown is a beast of its own. Come visit and we’ll tackle them together 😉

  • August 22, 2017
    Amanda

    Excellent compilation! I was surprised to find excellent murals inside (well on the patio) Greco Street Food in East Nashville. Good eats, great art- worth checking out.

    • August 23, 2017

      Thanks, Amanda! I still haven’t eaten at Greko (though my friend owns it) so that’s double the reason to get over there for lunch =)

  • August 23, 2017

    I absolutely adored your post! It makes me want to Nashville right now!!! How many murals!!! I love them all 💙💚💜❤️

    • August 26, 2017

      I knew you of all people would love the new Nashville 😉 So many Instagram moments in the making!

  • August 23, 2017

    So beautiful, I love all the murals!

    • August 26, 2017

      Add this to your list of reasons to come to Nashville, Noelle 😉

  • August 24, 2017

    Perfect post and adorable pictures! I’ve been looking for the addresses for several of these murals, so glad I came across your blog!

  • August 24, 2017

    Really these are most awe-inspiring photographs, this is very serendipitous. Thanks for sharing this post.

  • August 24, 2017

    Love those murals. This is the best article i read today. Thanks for sharing.

  • August 24, 2017

    So pretty and so cool! I’ve been meaning to do the same here in Richmond. We’ve got a ton of street art and I need to just take an afternoon and wander around the city to find some of it.

    • August 26, 2017

      I have a blogger friend in VA who’s been posting a lot of Richmond murals lately, and now I must come visit!

      • August 26, 2017

        YES! If you come to Richmond, let me know. I sort of like it here and would love to link up for a brew or two. Or a bourbon. #ladieswhobooze

        • September 15, 2017

          If I come to Richmond, I full expect you to be my tour guide. And on that tour, I expect a cocktail stop at least once an hour. K?

  • August 24, 2017

    Such a wonderful post.. As you describe in detail is very impressive.. and its all true.

  • August 25, 2017

    This is the best article i read today. So cool and nice murals. Thanks for sharing it.

  • August 25, 2017

    Wow ! So nice post. I want more post like this in near future.

  • August 26, 2017

    That avo mural has to be one of my top 10!!! I had no idea Nashville had that many murals. It’s on my list to visit!

    • August 26, 2017

      The street art scene really has just taken off in the past two to three years, I’d say!

  • August 26, 2017

    Thanks for putting this together! I’m finally making a trip to Nasvhille this Fall and will definitely check a lot of these out. I also plan to stalk your blog for restaurant recs as well 🙂

    • September 15, 2017

      Yay for your Nashville trip! I look forward to seeing which ones you visit =)

  • August 26, 2017

    The murals are amazing and this is so much fun!! Just looking at your photos I know that you had such a great time! If I ever go to Nashville I definitely need to go take a picture with the wings!

    • September 1, 2017

      The wings one is probably the second most popular spot after the I Believe in Nashville. So inspirational!

  • August 29, 2017

    I will be visiting Nashville very soon and wondering where this is located! I want to take a picture with it! Thanks!!!

  • August 29, 2017

    Hey, Kristin!
    I came across your blog today as I was surfing through twitter.
    The murals you have shared in your post are simply breathtaking! They add life to the concrete structures they adorn, don’t they? I think, we all could do with a lot more of such vibrancy in the concrete jungles we all live in!

    P.S.
    I had a pen pal from Nashville long ago (almost 20 years ago) and I guess that’s what attracted me to your wonderful blog!

    🙂

    • September 1, 2017

      Hi Shilpa! That’s so fun that you had a pen pal from Nashville. I hope you get the chance to visit someday in person if you haven’t already =) I do agree that murals can add so much depth to a boring cityscape!

  • August 29, 2017

    I am already visiting Nashville and enjoy every moment there.

    • September 15, 2017

      I’m so glad you liked it here!

  • August 29, 2017

    So nice and wonderful article I like your this great job. Good job dear.

  • August 31, 2017

    I had absolutely no idea that street art/murals was a huge phenomenon in Nashville!

    Very interesting indeed!

    • September 1, 2017

      I mean, just another reason for you to come visit me, right? 😉

  • September 2, 2017

    Gorgeous photos! Nashville is such a cool city. I had no idea about all the street art. Must make a return trip!

    • September 15, 2017

      I’m sure there will even be more that has popped up by the time you return!

  • September 2, 2017

    I love street art. That guy on the side of the building looks awesome!

    • September 15, 2017

      Has the street art trend overtaken Holland yet?

  • September 2, 2017

    Wow, these are amazing, I had no idea Nashville had so much gorgeous street art. If/when I get to the states I’m definitely going to see if I can find some of these! Great photos and helpful tips for finding them too, thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • September 15, 2017

      If/when you get to the states, I hope Tennessee will be one of your first stops 😉

  • September 2, 2017

    This is the most comprehensive list of Nashville street art I’ve seen! I’m heading there in a week and really look forward to finding some of the less publicized works you’ve featured here.

    • September 15, 2017

      Did you find any good ones, Danielle?

      • September 16, 2017

        We wound up having less time than planned in Nashville – we chose to leave Monday afternoon instead of Tuesday morning so we could beat any rains from Irma among other little reasons. So we stuck to the murals around 12South for pictures. Did catch the Take Flight piece as we drove down Charlotte, and really looking forward to making it out to East Nashville next time.

  • September 2, 2017

    Love hearing about new cities like this ! Nashville has so many cool murals around town 🙂 And I thought this city was only known for its country music ! Thank you for sharing all the well-known Nashville murals and the address to find them. If I ever find myself in Nashville and have some spare time between visiting amazing restaurants and taking in the country music history, I would stop by some of these beautiful works of art.

    • September 15, 2017

      Nashville is definitely more than country music! It’s a hotbed for start-ups and tech companies, a foodie city and a cocktail capital. You should check it out sometime =)

  • September 2, 2017

    What an artistic spot! Love it

  • September 2, 2017

    Omg didn’t realize there were so many cool walls in Nashville! I’ve been dying to go and this makes me want to go even more! I will definitely save this and hunt these down when I finally get there!

    • September 15, 2017

      SO many. I honestly can’t keep up!

  • September 2, 2017

    Wow! I spent a whole weekend in Nashville and didn’t see any of these. Gives me a reason to go back!

    • September 15, 2017

      Always happy to give anyone an excuse to return to Nashville 😉

  • September 2, 2017

    I have seen some of these on instagram so I knew Nashville has a lot of street art, but you found some great ones I hadn’t seen before. I really want to go to Nashville because I love country music, but I need to make sure I have some time to see the art too!

    • September 15, 2017

      Yes! You definitely need a Thursday-Sunday long weekend, if not longer, to really get a taste of Nashville =)

  • September 3, 2017
    aiman Parween

    screen arts are really beautiful.

  • September 3, 2017

    I love (and always write about) street art. I adore these walls! When I get to Nashville, I will definitely be checking these out!

    • September 17, 2017

      Let me know if you need a +1 and I’ll tag along with you 😉

  • September 7, 2017

    In your every post your photographs have a unique charm they are very attractive and i found them appealing, so in this post they are amazing and the quality is out of the world.

  • September 7, 2017

    Being an artist I can understand how much effort it requires to create an artwrk. Keep up the gud work love those street art of yours.

    • October 8, 2017

      So much work! I wish I had that kind of talent.

  • September 8, 2017

    Your post is really awesome. You done a great job through your paintings. Thanks for sharing.

  • September 8, 2017

    Love these murals, you captured them so beautifully with your vibrant pictures. Makes me want to book a trip to Nashville just to see these!

    • September 17, 2017

      Thank you so much, Priya! It is a very colorful city indeed.

  • September 19, 2017
    Loonytick

    There’s a great spot in the parking lot behind Downtown Presbyterian (5th & Church, a block uphill from the Ryman’s back side) where you can see three murals.

    • October 8, 2017

      I JUST saw this one this week when I parked there for Alison Krauss/David Gray. Sadly, I didn’t have my camera on me, though, boo!

  • October 10, 2017

    I live in Indianapolis and we have a bunch popping up around town and I’ve started a blog post of my own about some of the more interesting ones. I’ve visited a few from Nashville on your blog and hopefully I can make it back soon to see some of the others! Finding wall murals is a favorite thing of mine to do whenever I travel.

  • October 15, 2017
    Joye Harman

    I have been mural hoping for a year now. I have seen all that you show, and bunches more. 2 questions, The Rainbow Wall. I have looked for it and found one by Aaron on 2nd Ave. on the side of a building. Is that it? I was thinking it would be a big wall. Maybe not.
    Also, I have looked for the Willie Nelson Mural on Almond St. for over a year. I must be blind! Now I think the building it was on has been torn down. Do you know anything about it?
    I discovered a few weeks ago the Johnny Cash Mural is “open” again. They were working on the building next door for a year (maybe longer) and it had been blocked off. I hope it stays. The building its on has been sold.

    • October 15, 2017

      Hi Joye! The rainbow wall is on the west side of 12th Avenue South right across from Draper James, Edley’s, etc. It’s kind of hidden as you’d only see it if you were driving northbound.

      I really hope they didn’t demo the Willie wall! That would be sad. Where it is (or used to be) is right where they put up the new Bridgestone tower, so they very well might have knocked it down in the process =/

      • October 15, 2017
        Joye Harman

        Ok, I have seen the rainbow 🌈 wall in 12 South.
        I have had 2 different address for the Willie Nelson Mural. But have not been able to find it at either address. The 2 addresses I have are 398 Almond St and 378 Almond St. I was in the vicinity of the Johnny Cash Mural and Bridgestone a few weeks back. The GPS lead me there and there was a hole in the ground where they had torn a building down. But when that building was still up I couldn’t find it. So I was in the wrong place or blind.

        The other rainbow Mural I found is at 221 2nd Ave N.
        Lots to see downtown. We parked and walked all over DT.
        Be sure and go up 6th to the dog Mural. Go across the street to the Hermitage Hotel and see the famous Art Deco men’s restroom! Iconic!!! Yes, they let women inside. Great photo fun!

        • October 15, 2017

          Yes, I love the Hermitage bathroom, so cool! The Willie Nelson mural used to be VERY visible before the Omni, MCC and all that other development went up, but you’re right—looks like it was demolished =(

          http://nashville.citymomsblog.com/guide-nashville-murals-part-iv-downtown/

          I’ll have to update the text. Thanks for pointing that out!

          • October 15, 2017
            Joye Harman

            Oh that is sad. I really wanted to see it.😞
            I recommend going to see the Merle Haggard Mural. It is at the corner of Clifton Ave. and 25th Ave N. it is on the side of the building that faces the railroad tracks.
            Went to Norf Wall at 817 18th Ave N, there are 2 others with it.
            4303 Albion St.has a cool one.
            Printers Press at1618 State St.
            Science Mural 1250 Foster Ave at Nashville School of Arts🎭.
            Proudly Serving Nashville Mural, 3408 West End Ave. Can’t get pick. front of it.
            Ailen Attack mural, 516 Hagan St.
            Face, on The Packing Plant/Watkins Bldg. 507 Hagen St.
            Tristar Mural Ole’ Building, 462 Humphrey St.
            It’s Cold Out There Mural
            KM Auto
            1808 Nolensville Rd.
            One down Nolensville Rd from there on right side, going away from town. Has faces on the building. Turn in to park and there is another one across the street from it.
            Grimeys Too, 8th Ave st the Frothy Monkey 🐒.
            Three BrothersCcoffe ☕️. West End Ave, Hieroglyphics
            The Tree of Life at McKendree Methodist Church. You have to go inside the church and ask permission to see it. It is on an upper level. Many more at 8th Ave S area. Storyville, Third Man Records, Jackalope Coffee, tile wall, Carter Vintage Guitar 🎸 both sides of the building. Directly across from Storyville is a boy with outstretched arms. That is 8th Ave S and Drexel. Marine Mural at Douglas Corner Cafe.
            These were some from my last 2 trips out.

  • October 15, 2017
    Joys Harman

    The Thistle Stop Cafe has a new mural. They painted over the pretty flowers. 😞
    I missed the original at Ledgends Corner of the city 🌃 scape. I have seen the country music one that is there now. I wonder if the original is under the one there now. If I remember correctly the new one is painted on boards and screwed into the wall. I think? I really wanted a picture in front on the original.

    • October 15, 2017

      I took my cousin’s engagement photos in front of that mural!

      https://www.camelsandchocolate.com/nashville-tennessee-engagement-photos/

      And I’m with you: I don’t like the new one, or the new Thistle Stop Cafe one for that matter (we drove by it and I chose not to take a photo as it looks like something a kid could have painted).

      Thank you for all the mentions of additional murals in your previous comment! I have an ongoing list to shoot all of those in the next year, it just takes soooo much time =)

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