Whether you like it or not, Nashville's clandestine art scene is starting to form into an actual thing — taking over the abandoned walls, train tunnels and untouched billboards that dot the city. As tight as people can get about graffiti (or even anything that resembles graffiti) around these parts, it sure isn't deterring artists like Ryan McCauley, who let Nashville Nonfiction come along for the ride when he spraypainted, wheatpasted and stickered his way through the east side sometime last year.
You may remember that I called McCauley the city's best street artist in last year's Best of Nashville issue. And although he has some stiff competition for that title this year, it's cool as hell to get a cinema verité look at a street artist at work. Especially the shot where he applies one of his robot stickers to a utility box with flashing police lights in the distance. Ballsy, dude!
If you like McCauley's work, he currently has a gallery exhibition running at Octane Gallery, next to Kustom Thrills in Five Points.