6 of the best murals in Nashville, Tennessee
Whilst researching what do to in Nashville for my road trip in September 2019, one theme that kept recurring was murals. Aside from being known for its live music scene, Nashville is surprisingly colourful with painted walls almost everywhere you look.
There are so many murals popping up across Nashville, some ever-changing and updating, that it is impossible to list them all but whether you’re just interested in the artwork or looking for a snap for your Instagram, here are six of the best murals in Nashville, Tennessee:
1. I Believe In Nashville
The I Believe In Nashville wall is probably the most famous wall in Nashville. It was painted in 2012 by Adrien Saporiti and since then its popularity has led to a few more of them popping up around the city, but this one is the OG.
2702 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204, United States
Adrien Saporiti for DCXV Industries
2. Draper James
Unintended to be so, the Draper James blue stripes out on the right hand side of the shop have ended up being one of the most popular walls to Instagram in Nashville. Its simple Draper-James-blue and white stripes are a must whether you’re shopping in store or not. Although, I do recommend a visit because a) Reece Witherspoon is life b) the clothing and accessories are darling and c) you are offered a complimentary glass of sweet tea, which on a hot day in Nashville, is a necessity.
The best thing about 1 and 2 in this list is that they are directly opposite each other so you can check off two in one stop!
2608 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204, United States
3. Looking Pretty, Music City
This huge mural sits on the side of the clothing store Madewell and is the most colourful one on this list. What I particularly love about this one, aside from the bright pastel tones, is that you can be creative with it. Due to its size it’s not an easy one to get the whole thing into one frame so instead pick sections of it and make it abstract.
2709 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204, United States
4. Make Music Not War
Down a little alley between Epice and Green Pea Salon is the Make Music Not War mural. Though very simple in design, its statement is powerful and very in keeping with the vibe of Music City.
There is another mural opposite the Make Music Not War wall that features a collage of wild flowers, but it’s not as iconic as the six in this list.
2902 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
5. Nashville looks good on you
Located on a small wall in the back of Frothy Monkey’s parking lot, next to a few scuzzy dumpsters stands one of TheNash.TN’s “Nashville look good on you” walls. There are four altogether with the others located at:
2311 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212
1911 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
700 S 14th St, Nashville, TN 37206
This one of 12th South is the best in terms of location if you’re planning on checking off all six of these in one day.
2509 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204, United States
6. “What Lifts You” Angel wings
Kelsey Montague’s “What Lifts You” angel wings are the only ones on this list that aren’t on 12th South, sorry about that, I tried to make this list as easily navigable as possible but I just couldn’t leave out the wings!
The people of Nashville have a love-hate relationship with these wings, you’ll often hear things like “the stupid wings” or “ugh those wings” groaned in a long southern accent, but they also bring people from all around the world to The Gulch, as Montague’s “What Lifts You” campaign is global, with wings in Ireland all the way to Australia. You’ll find people’s hang ups with these wings is the amount of day-drinking-squealing bachelorette and birthday girl gangs disturbing the peace to get their photos here.
302 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, United States
One great thing I learnt about being in Nashville is that it’s super laid back so unlike places like New York or Paris where you have to be an early riser to stand any chance of getting a clear shot in popular locations, in Nashville you can rock up at pretty much any time to get your photo. The only one you might have to wait for are the What Lifts You wings but it won’t be a long wait. Plus murals are one of the easiest things to get a clear shot of because people take it in turns unlike say in front of Tower Bridge or the Eiffel Tower where it’s a free-for-all.
If you take any photos with or of any of the six murals listed above after reading this blog post, tag me using @gabriellawisdom or use #postcardsfromhawaiiblog and I’ll share your photos on my Instagram Stories.