South Slope
Mural Trail

Location #6 - Twisted Tentacles

Twisted Tentacles

The Mural:

At Octopus Garden, 186 Coxe Avenue, is “Twisted Tentacles” a Brushcan Custom Murals project. This work was Brushcan’s first mural project in the South Slope district. Created in a comic style with bold graphic colors and black outline, the piece was created as a beacon to pull people down the street. Unique to this mural is its three-dimensional element. Notice the octopus’ tentacle is integrated into the shop’s arrow sign. Like a tentacle used to ensnare its prey, the arrow also lures you in.

As a compliment to this work, a second octopus hides just around the corner on the back of the building.

Artist: Brushcan Custom Murals

Brushcan Custom Murals offers a combination of art and design services including high quality murals, signs, and specialty/faux finishes for a diverse clientele. Created in 2014 by artists Scott Allred and Jeremy Russell, Brushcan has contributed many murals to the South Slope neighborhood and the greater Asheville area. Currently, Scott continues to operate Brushcan while Jeremy now focuses on his fine art career. 

Scott Allred has worked as a custom sign painter, graphic designer and muralist for over 30 years. Beginning his career as a scenic painter for an international theme park company, Scott developed a wide range of skills and techniques that still inform his work today. Preferring traditional methods of working, his murals are mostly hand painted with an often historic and classic feel.  

To learn more about Scott Allred:

Instagram: @brushcan

South Slope Mural Trail Locations

Building Facade of Asheville Brewing Company on Coxe Ave.

A building façade adorned in mid-century patterning with abstracted, geometric representations of pint glasses.

Building Facade for Hi Wire Brewing, in Downtown Asheville, NC

Created to look like a circus tent, this colorful building pops out of the landscape as an invitation for fun.

Les Tonneliers

This work pays homage to traditional barrel makers, known as coopers, in a trade dating back as far as 2600 B.C.

South Sloper Mural

A mural that celebrates the present-day brewing district while honoring the businesses that existed here a century ago.

100 Years

A celebratory artwork to commemorate 100 years in business.

Twisted Tentacles

This work, created in a comic book style, has a unique three-dimensional feature.

Bower Power

A mural inspired by the bowerbird and their unique courtship behavior.

Arts. People. Empowerment

A collaborative mural to represent the mission of this local and loved non-profit art center.

Liberation / Freedom

Two bright and bold and murals that represent the magic in exploring new places

Inner Workings

To creatively represent the business, this work features bold graphics of deconstructed auto and transmission parts.

Buxton 24

Condensation bubbles run down this building façade to give the impression of a cold and refreshing beverage.

Cubist Parade

A colorful composition inspired by the Cubist art movement of the early 20th century.

Wonder Woman Mural

The Wonder Woman pictured here was inspired by the 2017 American superhero movie based on the DC Comics character.

Taking Over/ Pinnacle

Bright, bold, colorful trees that are emblematic of the artist’s kaleidoscopic aesthetic.

Golden Days

As a reflection of our inner beauty, this floral motif reminds us to nourish our inner garden.

French Broad Topo Impression

This series of planter box murals features graphic, stylized representations of flowing rivers.

Bungy's Stars Mural

A barn quilt painting that breathes new life into the traditionally rural public art form.