by Zahra Farah
Nashville, Tenn.__Its walls lined with vibrant illustrations of eyeballs, aliens, monkeys and even images some people would not admit to having tattoos of, Icon Tattoo & Body Piercing might be the last place one would think of bringing a child.
But the tattoo shop at 1917 Broadway works to provide a calming atmosphere [...]
by Zahra Farah
by Ana Ceballos
James Robinson’s career as a tattoo artist began 12 years ago when he sketched a photo-realistic owl and had it engraved on his left arm. The owl’s claws still lurk below Robinson’s sleeve as his arm shifts up and down during the allotted drawing time at the Icon Tattoo & Body Piercing parlor.
by Brittny Mejia
About 20 people lounge in the pews of the Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tenn., listening avidly as a bearded man addresses them from the podium.
This is no church service.
The group of bedraggled men and women are vendors for The Contributor, a twice-monthly street newspaper about homelessness and poverty in Nashville. The vendors [...]
by James Barragan
Gary Ellison has been a boxer, wrestler and even somewhat of an actor. He’s seen screen time in a movie and two music videos. He also owned his own business and made $1 million before turning 35 years old.
You wouldn’t imagine such a past if you saw him at his current occupation as [...]
by Virginia Isaad
With deftness and precision, Mary Grace Johnson slowly brings to life the violin whose music fills the room with a sweet melody – and to think that all the lovely sounds began as child’s play.
One of nine children raised in a music-loving family, Johnson started strumming violin chords at age five. Now 17 [...]
by Guerrero Garcia
Nashville, Tenn._The sun illuminated the burnished maple of the string instruments at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center as the Nashville Symphony and the Curb Youth Symphony rehearsed for a joint concert.
The annual Side-by-Side concert on May 16 features students of the Curb Youth Symphony, the most advanced of several youth ensembles at Vanderbilt University’s [...]
by Akeem Glaspie
When sisters Norma Paz and Irma Paz-Bernstein decided to bring a traditional Mexican treat to Nashville, they settled on a frozen snack with a unique taste – las paletas.
Paletas are similar to a Popsicle but are made with fresh fruits or vegetables. Since opening their business, Las Paletas, in the 12 South [...]
by Kelly Zhou
For sisters Norma Paz and Irma Paz-Bernstein, finding the secret recipe for their Mexican ice-pop shop was a near impossible task.
Paletas, or Popsicle-like treats usually made with fresh fruit and vegetables, are steeped in Mexican culture. Made creamy with ingredients such as chocolate and pecan or fruity with chunks of strawberry and [...]
by Amer Taleb
Past the flickering replicas of dinosaurs and oversized human-body organs, a Rube Goldberg-esque pillar towers far above the youngsters staring up at it.
Cackles emanate throughout the building as the children tunnel through and climb the spire to reach its peak. Once they make it to the crest, or lose their interest in [...]
by Alexandria Valdez
The model of the Earth seemed to be spinning, due to a projected thermal image inside a globe. Lights hanging from the ceiling emulated stars, while other planets encircled the Earth. Visitors wanting to know how much they would weigh on another planet had only to step on a pad.
None of those [...]