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Akin to sipping a hot cup of coffee in your favorite robe on a Sunday morning, Georgetown establishments have maintained a comforting sense of familiarity designed to encourage Seattleites and visitors to slip in, relax and stay for a while.
With live jazz music, mouth-watering aromas, and an excuse to lock lips with your date at one of Seattle’s most infamous make-out spots, Brass Tacks has always strived to offer something unique.
Ever-conscious of the reasons for our success, we wanted to do something culturally relevant for the community.
Together with local artist Joey Nix, we envisioned a permanent art installation free from personal agendas with emphasis on Georgetown’s roots.
Joey is no stranger to the region. Born in Capitol Hill and raised in Ballard, Des Moines, and Vashon, this 34-year-old, self-taught muralist has been making his mark professionally on the walls of Seattle’s buildings for nearly ten years.
With his strong familial ties to the area and an impressive portfolio, Alex Parisi enthusiastically commissioned Joey, along with his team, Zach Rockstad and Sean Barton, to help Brass Tacks pay homage to Georgetown.
The result of their ten week voyage, which began in early December, is nothing short of spectacular.
The massive 17 foot high by 90 foot wide Brass Tacks expanse can hardly contain the flurry of images within. Vivid color bursts forth from the canvas, while a city street perspective draws the viewer near.
Clearly depicted is the town’s influence from nearby industrialization.
With a quirky cartoon engineer in a 747 fuselage, originally drawn by former Boeing supervisor Larry Clark, to a realistic steam engine with billowing plumes of smoke so grand Joey had hoped the conductors passing by on the adjacent tracks could catch a glimpse.
The indigenous Duwamish people were not forgotten either. An integral part of the region’s original settlement, this tribe plays an important role in puzzling together Seattle’s complex past.
Nestled near the Duwamish River and Mt. Rainier, the accuracy of the totem pole in the foreground was important to Joey, prompting research and revisions until it was aesthetically authentic.
When visiting the mural down on Airport Way, be sure to stand back and take it all in.
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