365 Things to Do in Memphis #42: Find a 42

365 Things to Do in Memphis #42: Find a 42

Assignment #42 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to find one of the dozens of 42s that are hiding all over the city.

42 by Nosey

They're by local graffiti artist Nosey, and they're lurking all over the city. You can see some of Nosey's other works on the side of "Whatever" (at Southern and Highland). He's also the artist who painted the first I Love Memphis mural at Cooper and York.


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is 42 nosey's Age?   - Banksy
February 13, 2012 9:03am
Ben Dover
Yo' Banks..it's the plattitude of his birth crib
February 13, 2012 1:17pm
Chauncey Peppertooth
This picture is actually done by someone other than Nosey42.  I believe this person has some kind of affiliation with Studio 42 tattoo place in Bartlett.  The original 42's were around before Studio 42.  
February 13, 2012 4:34pm
Nu Nu da bes artist in Memphis. We luh him so much. He is trurly Blessed!
February 13, 2012 4:49pm
ill maestro
Dang straight. Nosey's my boy!
February 14, 2012 11:22am
It is obvious...42 is the meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything
February 15, 2012 1:39pm
Tim, I thought that was the number 23???
February 15, 2012 2:58pm
bill nye, the …
yo i hurd nozey work at the checkers on lamar zat true? i also hurd dis mayne lyk 78.
February 15, 2012 9:21pm
I think 42 is this dude's IQ. Seriously, people are supposed be impressed because you'ver read the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galazy and can spray paint two numbers. Get a life.
March 4, 2012 6:38pm
I love Memphis, too.
While I appreciate the 'I love Memphis' mural and the work at Whatever, I do not appreciate the tagging done by Nosy 42 all over midtown. There's nothing artistic about simply plastering Nosy 42 or Toby (another prolific tagger) on city and personal property. 
March 5, 2012 9:02pm
Chauncey Peppertooth
the 42 has nothing to do with a story book.  
April 28, 2012 4:02am
well' i have been in enough of this vandalisim to say that in taste the works of art are amazing and i find that Nosey "a young cat by the way" is very talented and the new stuff he has posted on trees and other off the road sites bring a good taste of what graffiti art can do. Crayola
May 11, 2012 1:54pm
Mr 42 is starting to scratch thru other people's art in Memphis for some stupid reason. Curious as to why? Is he getting intimidated by a upcomming artist? Hmmmmm. #MEMPHISNEEDSASMILE
September 10, 2012 8:40pm
Chauncey Peppertooth
I'm pretty sure the reason there were 42s scratched through the squirrel stencils is because whoever does the squirrels decided it would be a good idea to put them on a well known mural. (which nosy was commissioned for) Whoever is doing the squirrels may want to do their homework on graffiti culture.  If you make your mark on someone's mural/production, that's disrespectful.   Many people take photos in front of that mural, I think its CHEAP FAME to try to ride off someone else's hard work so you can be noticed as well.  I respect people who want to make art or do what makes them happy.  But I know this guy well, and I think anyone who knows him would agree that he put in alot of work in the streets.  That's what made him noteworthy, and that's why he was chosen to paint the mural.   "Street Art" has turned into a bunch of hipsters who want to co-exist and make peace and love like a bunch of hippies.  I'm pretty sure 'street art' is a spin off of graffiti, so maybe that person needs to do a little homework on the nature of graffiti.   Go nosey, keep doing your thing.   #HATAZGONNAHATE #UMAD
December 11, 2012 6:24pm
There are several 42s other members of the 42 crew are Toby and Goes
July 13, 2015 9:30am
Megan Rubenstein
Where is this one at? I'm trying to find all I can and do a photo essay.
November 6, 2015 4:05pm