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Nashville is a pretty colorful place, which is beginning to show through it’s emerging street art revival.

These five murals are all iconic in their own right, so you’ll have to explore Nashville and visit each one to see just how amazing they are!

1. Johnny Cash Mural | Downtown Nashville

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Following the passing of Johnny Cash in 2003, three Nashville graffiti artists paid tribute to the legend by creating the the iconic Johnny Cash Mural, which is located in Downtown Nashville

The gritty white, black, and grey site replicates an authentic Johnny Cash feel.

Unfortunately, the mural suffered through an immense amount of weathering and damage due to the catastrophic Nashville flood.

Luckily, the Thoughts Manifested Crew joined together again a few years ago in order to recreate the same mural.

Regardless if you are a Johnny-Cash-loving-tourist or a Johnny-Cash-loving-Nashville resident, it is always fun to take a day to sight-see around Music City. 

If you are a future resident of Nashville and love the electric vibes of this city, I recommend finding a place Downtown, alongside Johnny.

See Johnny at: 300 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201.

2. I Believe In Nashville | 12 South

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12 South is one of Nashville’s hottest up-and-coming neighborhoods. Within the span of a few blocks, you get beautifully restored homes, amazing restaurants, local coffee bars, upscale salons, and a plethora of shops. This is what you call “prime real estate.”

It is also home of one of the most photographed places in the entire city. What’s a trip to Nashville without the classic “I Believe in Nashville” Instagram picture? I promise you know any where from two to 47 people who have a picture from here.

Even celebrities, such as Reese Witherspoon, who is shown in the photograph to the left, are taking photos next to this mural.

DCXV Industries’s iconic mural project, created by Adrien Saporiti, has taken Nashville by storm over the past few years. Saporiti initially founded the company in a garage, so you can say he’s come a long way since then.

Recently, the company painted several more of these exact murals across the city, so if you want to make a game out of it, try to find them all!

Visit the famous mural at: 2700 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204.

3. House of Blues Studio Murals | Berry Hill

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Berry Hill is a wonderfully eccentric neighborhood in Nashville. Those of you who are more creative and prone to be in touch with your true artist should definitely visit here.

There are tons of local arts and crafts places to shop at, such as The Beaded Bungalow, The Stitchin’ Post, and Fabric Gallery and Decor.

There are also over 40 different music studios and publishing houses in this distinct area, which makes it the perfect place to live or visit if you are musically inclined (or just a fan of music).

The House of Blues Studio is the rule, rather than the exception in Berry Hill. The studio is hippieishly 60s-style painted throughout the inside and outside of the building.

The murals on the outdoor fence posts are the work of artist Scott Guion. Guion’s mural stretches across a lengthy picket fence and features some of the most iconic music legends that ever lived. Among his depictions, you will find Dolly Parton, Snoop Dogg, The Beatles, Willi Nelson, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, and many others.

Located in Berry Hill at 518 E Iris Dr, Nashville, TN 372044. 

4. Boxquiat | East Nashville

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Boxquiat, by Sterling Goller Brown, made its debut in East Nashville this past June. The mural is located in the 5-Points area, on the side of Eastside Cycles.

Color Theory Studios painted the homage to African American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat rose to fame in the late 1970s and is recognized for his unique spin on graffiti art. Sadly, the creative genius died in 1988, due to a heroin overdose.

The new art installation received mixed reviews.

While many argue that the new mural replaced a landmark in Nashville, others believe that this mural represents a positive change within the community. The artwork clearly speaks to modern racial strife within the United States.

The new mural is also part of an arts program that will rotate local artists’ work every six months.

The East Nashville community is known for being considerably inclusive and progressive, so it is no surprise that this particular piece found a home here.

The mural program will be a great addition to Eastside’s artistic and quirky feel.

Read more about Boxquiat here.

Located at: 107 South 11th Street, Nashville, TN 37206. 

5. Cornerstone Building | Downtown Nashville

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Gibson Custom Shop recently sponsored a new look to the Cornerstone Building, which is located Downtown.

The renowned Australian street artist, RONE, provided the red-brick building with an unique makeover.

The Nashville Walls Project commissioned the famous artist to paint a 70-foot sized mural upon the building, which is titled Jane-doe. The image is made to look as if it is a part of the original brick itself, rather than a painting.

These types of building-sized realistic murals color the streets of Melbourne, Australia, but are a relatively new concept for Nashville.

The Nashville Walls Project uses artists from all over the world, such as Mexico, Amsterdam, Germany, Australia, and the United States.

You can find out more about the Nashville Walls Project here.

This mural is located at530 Church St, Nashville, TN 37243.