Project Overview

i Love Memphis: St. Blues

The St. Blues mural on Cooper St. was designed by local artist, Brandon Marshall. The design features a St. Blues original guitar played by Memphis' own, B.B. King. The blue color scheme reinforces the musical genre that Memphis is known for.  

 

About the Artist

Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall is a Memphis artist and musician. He performs as Artistik Approach together with previous UrbanArt Project Manager Siphne Sylve.

Marshall and his friends were fascinated by the different artists whose work they saw both under and aboveground.

Marshall is a Memphis boy, born and raised. He grew up in East Memphis, and when he was 8 or 9 years old, he and his friends started sneaking down into the vast network of drainage ditches that run under the city. The ditches were originally designed to address the problem of stagnant water and prevent the spread of yellow fever. By the time Marshall discovered them, the tunnels had become a safe place for Memphis graffiti artists to practice their skills.

Marshall and his friends were fascinated by the different artists whose work they saw both under and aboveground. By age 13, the boys were buying spray paint and trying to make their own marks. His friends eventually drifted away from graffiti, but Marshall stayed hooked. Graffiti had become a way for him to be alone in his thoughts and process emotion. Marshall spent his high school years working to improve his skills and build his identity as a graffiti artist.