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The Instagrammers Guide to Nashville Murals

September 5, 2018

Nashville is a quickly growing city full of great places to explorelive music, the iconic Lower Broadway, and so many murals. I grew up a stone’s throw from Nashville and feel like I find a new mural every time I visit Music City (which is often!). Visitors and locals alike line up to snap a picture with some of the Nashville murals, even waiting hours for the chance. Finding some of the murals can be a bit tricky. Luckily, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite Nashville murals (with their locations!) so that you can snap away!

I Believe in Nashville

I Believe in Nashville Mural | The Instagrammers Guide to Nashville Murals

Surprisingly, there are several “I Believe in Nashville” murals around Nashville. This iconic mural has been instagrammed over 1 million times! Unfortunately, the “I Believe in Nashville” murals have been vandalized a number of times, but the folks behind the murals are always quick to restore them. “I Believe in Nashville” represents unity and civic pride and is ready to welcome viewers from all over.

The original “I Believe in Nashville” mural is located by Draper James in the 12 South neighborhood. The other two “I Believe in Nashville” murals are on Marathon Music Works at 1402 Clinton St and on The Basement at 917 Woodland St.

I Believe in Smashville

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The “I Believe in Smashville” mural is a Nashville Predators take on the “I Believe in Nashville” mural. For those of you who don’t know, the Nashville Predators are the resident NHL team and a pretty big deal around Nashville. The “I Believe in Smashville” is a popular pre-game destination for fans of the Preds!

You can find the I Believe in Smashville mural on the side of Bridgestone Arena at the 5th Avenue entrance.

What Lifts You

The #WhatLiftsYou mural in The Gulch is probably THE most popular Nashville mural. There is always a line leading up to the wings and, depending on the weather, you should expect to wait anywhere from 15 minutes to a few hours to get a pic with these massive wings. There’s even a set of mini-wings to the right of the #WhatLiftsYou wings, which are perfect for pups and kids!  Visitors can say a big “thank you” to Kelsey Montague for these sweet wings!

You can find the #WhatLiftsYou mural at on the side of the parking garage by Tatziki’s in the Gulch. You’ll see the line along 11th Ave S.

Jason Woodside Mural

Jason Woodside Mural | The Instagrammers Guide to Nashville Murals

I have heard this mural called a ton of different things: ribbon mural, rainbow mural, etc. I call it the Jason Woodside Mural because Jason Woodside is the artist! The fun colors and patterns make for a great snap. I usually go earlier in the day so there’s some shade/not an awkward shade line across the middle of the mural.

You can find the Jason Woodside mural beside a parking lot at 299 11th Ave S. It’s basically right across the street from the #WhatLiftsYou Mural!

Flower Wall

The Flower Wall is one of the more whimsical Nashville murals! It transports visitors from the bustle of 12South to a serene field of wildflowers (with a little imagination, of course). The flower wall is unique in the fact that no artist or hashtag appears on the mural, so no one really knows who painted it. It seems as if the mural is simply there to make viewers happy.

You can find this flower wall by Green Pea Salon at 2900 12th Ave S.

Make Music, Not War

Our next mural is conveniently located across from the above mentioned Flower Wall! “Make Music, Not War” really gets into the heart of Nashville, otherwise known as Music City. Music really makes up the heart of Nashville, which makes this one of the Nashville murals that really gets the vibe of the city. @RelaxMaxApparel really hit the ball out of the park with this one.

You can find the Make Music, Not War mural by Epice at 2902 12th Ave S.

Peace, Love, Good Deeds

I just stumbled upon the #PeaceLoveGoodDeeds mural on my latest trip to Nashville. It’s a massive mural in the 12South area! I instantly fell in love with the colors of this mural and obviously had to grab a quick pic with it. When I got home, I went to the (now defunct) (which is painted on the mural) and was pleasantly surprised to find that the brand promotes “apparel with a purpose”, with a percent of proceeds going towards community organizations.

You can find the #PeaceLoveGoodDeeds mural on the side of Corner Music at the corner of 12th Ave S and Dallas Ave.

R!v!ve Nashville Mural

The R!v!ve Nashville Mural combines the hustle and bustle of the city of Nashville with the more serene side. The mural is sponsored by R!v!ve Nashville, a movement to revitalize Nashville’s streams and rivers. My favorite part of this mural is the fox! The mural is located behind some street parking, making it kind of hard to snap a pic with (you might have to get a bit creative).

You can find the R!v!ve Nashville Mural on the side of 12 South Yoga at the corner of 12th Ave S and Paris Ave.

Hattie B’s Chickens

Hot Chicken from Hattie B’s is one of my favorite things on this planet. Hattie B’s Nash West is my favorite Hattie B’s location for two reasons: 1) there isn’t usually a long line (pro tip!) and 2) the cute chicken mural by the entrance. Snap a quick pic with these cuties and then gorge yourself on hot chicken and pimento mac n cheese. You won’t regret it.

You can find the Hattie B’s Chickens at Hattie B’s Nash West, 5209 Charlotte Ave.

Hillsboro Village Dragon

The Hillsboro Village Dragon is one of the oldest Nashville murals! David Glick and Adam Randolph painted the dragon way back in 1995 after being inspired by the sea serpent sculpture in nearby Fannie Mae Dees Park. To keep the beast looking fresh, the paint has been redone a few times over the years. There is some street parking by the mural, which can make it hard to snap a pic of (like in my above pic), so get creative!

You can find the Hillsboro Village Dragon on the side of Posh Boutique Village, on the corner of 21st Ave S and Belcourt Ave.

What’s your favorite Nashville mural? Let me know in the comments below!



PS. Be sure to check out my guides to Music City and Lower Broadway if you plan on visiting Nashville! Also, check out this handy guide on Girls Who Travel to finding live music in Nashville (written by yours truly!).

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  • soph

    September 8, 2018 at 4:02 am

    Oh this is such a fun post! I’d love to visit Nashville one day. I bet your Instagram feed is popping with all of that colour, these make such great photo backgrounds!

    Soph – x

  • Nicka

    September 9, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Wow these murals look amazing! 😍 hopefully I can visit Nashville too someday.

  • Emma

    September 18, 2018 at 9:16 am

    These all look so cool, I love the What Lifts You wings! Nashville is such a dream destination.

    1. herlifeinruins

      September 18, 2018 at 10:10 am

      It really is!

  • abbie

    September 25, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Love this post. The ‘What Lifts You’ and ‘The Flower Wall’, would have to be my favourite. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Sarah

    September 25, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    This is so cool! I’m from Indiana but have never properly explored Nashville which I’m realizing is a HUGE mistake. I’ll be adding all these adorable murals to my bucket list when I get down there for a visit.

    1. herlifeinruins

      September 25, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      Omg yes! Nashville is AMAZING

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