13 Oct Porter’s Downtown Kingsport Mural Trek
We all know how big the “selfie craze” is these days. It’s something my friends and I really get into, especially because my side-kick, King, likes to have his picture taken.
Visit Kingsport and the City of Kingsport just recently launched the Official Kingsport Selfie Trail. I downloaded the Visit Kingsport app to check out the trail map but you can also find it with a quick visit to www.CaptureKingsport.com. The Kingsport Selfie Trail just launched and the first 100 people to take photos at ALL 10 official locations, tag them with #CaptureKingsport and then post them on social media, will receive a FREE centennial shirt! All you have to do is take your mobile device by the Kingsport Chamber.
Since there are so many unique places in Kingsport worthy of a social post, I thought I’d share the perfect for an artsy selfie with an array of murals located in Historic Downtown district. The artists’ creative abilities displayed in these murals are breathtaking. So, let’s begin on what I call PORTER’S MURAL TREK.
Hamilton: The Balloon-Loving Giraffe
Payton Miller is the famous University of Tennessee “Rock” painter. She’s painted murals on ‘The Rock’ over 18 times. Miller is a proud native of Kingsport and uses spray paint as her medium. After checking out Hamilton the Giraffe, be sure to stop in The 101 with retail stores Style and Picsee, along with High Voltage (which is dog-friendly).
Anyone who has ever visited Kingsport knows about how iconic Pal’s is to locals and visitors afar. The Pal’s Mural is 56-feet long, and depicts the history of Pal’s and a young Pal Barger learning ideas from a burger joint in Texas called 2-J’s, where he was there for training in the Air Force in the 1950’s. The downtown Kingsport location is known for its incredible Peanut Butter milkshake, but their burgers, fried, hot dogs, iced tea and cheddar rounds are among the nation’s best.
This is a new mural to Downtown Kingsport that I was very excited to see and understand its unique story. Located on the side of the State Theater, Humanae is an international work of art by Angelica Dass whose mural hopes to provoke a discussion about race, equality and diversity. The work is called the Humanae project: a collection of portrait photos revealing the true beauty of human color.
Bellafina Chocolates Mural
You’ll find this mural on the side of their building on Cherokee Street. The mural is named “A Celebration of Women, Children and Chocolate” and shows a chocolate factory much like a child would imagine it with rainbow-colored conveyor belts. You have to stop in Bellafina Chocolates – trust me on this! Even though King couldn’t have a tasty treat, I always make it up to him by taking him to play with other four-legged friends at The Barking Lot.
From the mountains, outdoors rivers and lakes, the Tennessee Mural shows what makes my hometown of Kingsport special.
We Believe in Kingsport
A simple message that says so much about the community that I am proud to be from. Just be aware of your surroundings in this area for traffic, even though we locals of Kingsport are always warm and inviting.
Now or Never
This mural shows the talents of Now or Never Tattoo, especially up close the bird in center is almost life-like. The mural spells out GROW – which is what is happening right now in our community of Kingsport.
So, there you have it – my very own DOWNTOWN KINGSPORT MURAL TREK. How many will you visit?
Be sure to share your mural selfies on the @VisitKingsport Facebook and Instagram pages and tag your shots with #CaptureKingsport. I can’t wait to see what you post!
Until Next Time,
Porter (and King)