by Tarryn Feldman
“My motto is to live a happy and productive life.”
Some call it vandalizing and others call it art but for Nathan Brown, it’s a gift. “Graffiti Nerd” turned artist and now a successful graphic designer has taken Nashville by storm. I had the pleasure of meeting the artist in his new office located in downtown Nashville at Cummins Station. I was blown away by his benevolent demeanor and authentic passion for his craft.
His obsession began at the young age of fifteen when he moved from Los Angeles to Nashville and began to notice a new style of art. “These guys are painting on trains with spray paint and it’s incredible!” Brown was infatuated with his new found love and begun to paint on anything and everything that came in his way. He got his start show casing his work on the side of buildings like famous artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Bosquiat. “Graffiti was a cool outlet and there were no rules!” He had been arrested a few times but even the law couldn’t stop the driving force inside of him.
Brown was also a sponsored skateboarder for ten years but along the way never forgot about his first love. In late 2000, his business sense kicked in and he started up Promotions Company called HMP Marketing. He later developed a strong relationship with a local printing company, Mindzai, which he worked with exclusively and often collaborated with on many projects. After he sold HMP Marketing to continue on his journey, his mother got diagnosed with Leukemia and he rushed back to Nashville to be by her side. Doctor’s said she wasn’t going to make it but with all the love from her family, she fought back and beat it.
Having had a rough couple of years, Brown is back to the drawing board and is ready to make his mark in Nashville. Now running Mindzai, Nashville location, he wants to open up a new world of promotion and marketing ideas to local bands with T-shirts, flyers, or stickers for a great price and really high quality. “My motto is to live a happy productive life. When I am productive, I feel like I’m contributing to the world and also I’m putting out art and being creative.”
To see more work by Nathan Brown or information about Mindzai go to: www.19ss.blogspot.com or www.Mindzai.net.