Art At TMoms: 2019 Highlights

We’re eternally thankful for the fantastic community of artists who make TMoms beautiful on a daily basis. In 2019 we celebrated 22 years of creative chaos as Philadelphia’s unoffically official Street Art Museum and home to an ever changing international collection of graffiti, wheatpaste, stencil, sticker and 3-D installation work. And beyond the daily dose of fresh new street art fun we’ve been lucky to work with many of these talented folx on art shows, pop ups, larger scale installations, limited edition tees, stickers, posters, postcards and more!

 

You can explore a brand new masterpiece every time you come to Mom’s. That sense of discovery is a heady thrill that we look forward to every day. In no particular order here’s a 12 of our 2019 art at Mom’s highlights.

 

TMoms Bike Rack: Art by Adam Crawford

 

ADAM CRAWFORD’S BIKE RACK MURAL

 

We’ve been wanting to work with Adam Crawford forever & we’re so stoked to have a chance to commission a piece of LITERAL street art from him. With the support of the South Street Headhouse District Adam’s bike rack mural out front greets everyone who rolls up here with an epic piece of his work. A companion piece at 9th and South was completed later in the year.

 

Shock Exchange: Art by Lowlvl

 

Fused Underground: Art by Michael E. Kelly

 

Most Known Unknown: Art by Barrett Capistran

 

The Color Collective

 

ARTIST CURATED SHOWS AND POP UPS

 

Celebrating Philadelphia’s incredibly talented creative community is at the heart of what we love to do. It’s been an amazing experience this year to work with so many great artists who are producing art show series that bring such diverse and gifted groups to the walls here. From our longest running series, Jerks Production’s Fused Underground to fresh new work from Noni Astro’s Color Collective & Corey Dank’s Most Known Unknown; from shows that celebrate the creative spirit while raising awareness and funds like Kyle Confer’s Art Heals and our very own Sarah Cowell’s Artists Against Gun Violence; from underground work from Lowlvl’s Shock Exchange and Patchwork Culture’s NSFW series, we’re honored to be a home to a hugely diverse and passionate group of artists.

 

Snack Attack: Art by Nathan Hurst

 

Call Me: Art by Lauren Cat West

 

Roach World: Art By Flesh Prince

 

THEMED ART SHOWS & POP UPS

 

Some of the most inventive shows of the past year have been art that shines a light on a specific part of culture through art. Lauren Cat West’s Call Me show transformed the upstairs into a House of Love complete with swan boat ride cars & giant old school cell phones. Nathan Hurst’s Snack Attack’s take on junk food gave us the munchies with cereal box art & an edible mountain of candy and tastykakes. Jerk’s Production’s Nightmares & Dreamscapes riffed on Stephen King’s writings for a surreal scare. Roach World & Gaudmother showcased the future of Philly fashion with hand crafted, upcycled and remixed clothing and hand painted fabric photo booths.

 

South Street Art Mart’s Nicole & Nicole at Spring Fest

 

SPRING FEST

Our friends at South Street Art Mart helped us kick off the warmer weather here by curating the TMoms big top art tent the annual South Street Spring Festival. We love sharing the work of local creators with the world and the festival gives us an opportunity to take it to the streets (literally). Neighborhood gem Art Mart showcased many of the artists they champion including Taped Off TV, Wicked Queer, The Machine Shop Rocks, Nite Owl Designs and more. It was a fun early spring day with our friends from Art Mart (plus 40,000 new pals who stopped by to check it out!).

 

TMoms At 22: Art by Nathan Hurst

 

TMoms at 22: Art by Caroddo

 

TMOMS @ 22

 

TMom turned 22 (!) this May with a giant group show filled with thee most incredible art tributes from so many of our friends and family. Over 100 artists, including Air Rat, Jacci Stallone, An Ordinary Daze, Sawdust Eyes, Dark Meal, Creature Rhythm, Kelly Campanile, Cloud Apparatus and more contributed work inspired by their experiences here. We partied, ate cake, happy cried, toasted with tiki kitties, ugly cried, ate pierogi, happy ugly cried and felt very loved and inspired.

 

Sticky Art Machine: Art by Jayel

 

Sticky Art Machine: Art by Under Water Pirates

 

STICKY ART MACHINE

 

Volume 7 of our long running Sticky Art Machine series dropped this year and it was an epic release. Curated by Bob Will Reign, this run featured new exclusive work from the legendary Under Water Pirates & the wildly inventive Jayel. We debuted 10 new original limited edition designs from two of our long time sticker art heroes for our biggest release in Sticky Art Machine history. There may still be a precious few left so stop by soon before these collector’s items are gone forever!

 

Streets Dept Artist Interview Series: Install by Lace in the Moon / Photo by Eric Dale

 

Streets Dept x TMoms Art Market: Art by Bob Will Reign

 

STREETS DEPT ARTIST INTERVIEW SERIES

 

Partnering with Streets Dept, Philly’s premier street art blog, on the artist interview series has been a dream come true for us. Being able to share the stories behind the art you see here on the walls and in the streets all over town is an honor and a thrill. We can’t wait to sit down each month and dive deeply into Eric Dale’s conversations & photos. This year’s second season featured the art & the stories behind their creation from Kid Hazo, Under Water Pirates, Symone Salib, Seper, Morg & Lace In The Moon. We capped off the season with Art Shop, a street art pop up featuring all 6 of this seasons artists plus some special Season One guests. We can’t wait for you to see the line up of artists for this year’s Season Three Interview Series.

 

TMoms Artist Edition Tee: Art by Rainy

 

 

ARTIST EDITION TEE BY RAINEY

 

The latest in our series of Artist Edition tees was designed by Rainey. The piece was originally part of our TMoms at 22 Anniversary show & their unique take on all the fun little details of Moms combined with snippets of timely social justice issues made it a perfect fit for the tee shirt artist series. It’s a great way to wear our 22 years of love and good times (literally) on our sleeve.

 

Characters Welcome 8: An International Sticker Art Show

 

 

CHARACTERS WELCOME 8

 

The eighth year of Characters Welcome, our annual international sticker art show was our biggest and best ever. With thousands of stickers from hundreds of artists all over the world, Characters Welcome 8 showcased both the deep history of sticker art and the future of the medium. From iconic sticker artists to first time contributors, the two day exhibition celebrated the art and community of stickers while raising over $4000 for youth arts programs at Fleisher’s Community Partnership in the Arts and The Village of Arts and Humanities.

 

TMoms Curated Art at Counter Culture

 

Artist Virginia Mae Smith at Counter Culture

 

COUNTER CULTURE

 

We ventured out of our doors this year to curate the art at Counter Culture, a new event space on the block. The walls are a love letter to South Street with over 50 legendary artists contributing work that shines a light on Philly style and the street’s youth culture histoy . Lead artists NTEL, Septic & Lazy riffed with dozens of TMoms friends & fam to create a one of a kind space that inspires and invites creative conversation.

 

Limited Edition New Year’s Postcards: Art by Foreign Monsta

 

 

NEW YEAR’S POSTCARDS BY FOREIGN MONSTA

 

We mark the passing of each year and welcoming of the next by commissioning original work from a local artist for our New Year’s celebrations. This year, long time Characters Welcome contributor Foreign Monsta created two festive illustrations for our limited edition New Year’s 2020 posters and postcards. Sending you all greetings of Love & Good Times Always & wishes for inspiring art all year long!

 

Art by Blur Street Art

 

ART EVERY DAY

 

In addition to the great events and art shows we’re honored to host here, the daily additions to the space from countless artists create both a sense of artistic ownership and conversational community. We’re thankful to be able to open the doors every day and discover new work and develop new friendships with the folx that create it. From large installs by Bines, Marisa VR, Hysterical Men, Lace in the Moon, Symone Salib, Lowlvl, Lazy Beam & many more to countless smaller works from Blur Street Art, MPeachHim, City Kitty, Denied, Void Skulls, Phoebe NY, Melt, Who Do You Think and so many more, it’s always a thrill to find a new piece and share it in person here or with friends around the world through Instagram. We’d love to see YOU on the walls next, adding to the beautiful chaos, making magic and on the list of the next Art in Review highlights!

 

Art by Nero One

 

 

TMoms To Go!

We’re beyond stoked to be able to share a bit of TMoms tasty goodness all over town with our Wraps on the Run and Chubbs Tubbs! Available at local independent businesses V Marks The Shop, Kensington Food Coop and Batter & Crumbs, our TMoms To Go line is a fun new way to take a little of that Tattooed Mom vegan deliciousness home with you while helping to support local businesses.

 

Our TMoms Vegan Wraps on the Run line include Fried Chickn Salad, Korean Beef, Black Bean & Corn, BBQ Chickn and more. And our new Chubbs Tubbs features many of the popular Wraps on the Run flavors to use on the go or at home in your own sandwiches, salads and stir fries plus vegan Toona Salad, Lemon Pepper Pasta Salad, Tandoori Hummus and more! Made fresh in house, all vegan and featuring new recipes exclusive to TMoms To Go, these wraps and salads put a fresh new convenient spin on some Tattooed Mom favorites. We can’t wait for you to try them & hope you’ll love Wraps On The Run & Chubbs Tubbs as much as we do!

 

Find Wraps On The Run and Chubbs Tubbs exclusively at:
V Marks The ShopKensington Food CoopBatter & Crumbs • and MORE locations SOON!

 

 

TMoms @ 22: Group Art Show Open Call For Submissions

It’s Tattooed Mom’s 22nd Birthday! In celebration, we are throwing a one night party and open call art show featuring Tmoms themed work. Hundreds of artists from around the world visit Tattooed Moms every year to put their work on the walls and to see the art of others that have recently passed through. Now we invite all artists inspired by Tattooed Mom, near and far, to submit their artwork and be part of a group art show celebration. There is no entry fee, and we are welcoming all art forms, including photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and multimedia pieces relating to Tattooed Moms. We will also be selecting one special piece to be featured on a future limited edition Tattooed Moms artist series tee shirt!

 

All submissions must be dropped off in person or mailed to 530 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 by May 13, 2019. Please be sure to include your name or instagram as you would like it credited plus whatever method of contact you prefer (instagram DM / email / text).  It is the artist’s responsibility to pick up all submitted art after the show. All art must be picked up by May 24, 2019. It is the artist’s responsibility to enclose a self addressed prepaid return packaging if they want their mailed-in piece returned. Artists keep 100% of all sales. Art can/will be for sale, but it is the responsibility of the artist to be there to sell it, or set up another arrangement ahead of time with someone who can be on site to handle the sale of their piece. Artist selected for the tee shirts will get their art on a limited edition Tmoms artist series shirt, as well as a gift card and a supply of the shirts with their design on it.

 

Deadline for entries: May 13, 2019

 

Submission Requirements: Any Size, Any Medium, Must be Tattooed Moms inspired

 

Please Email Questions to: [email protected]

 

Show Date: May 17th 2019 // Show is 21+ but artists of all ages are encouraged to submit

 

Call for Entries Illustration by Nathan Hurst

 

Art at Mom’s: 2018 in Review

We’re endlessly grateful to the countless incredible artists who make the beautiful chaos come to life here at Mom’s. Over the last two decades we’ve been lucky enough to be a space for graffiti, wheatpaste, stencil, sticker, 3-D installation artists to share their work on the walls, floors, ceilings, and doors of our second floor space. And beyond the daily uncurated street art museum madness, we’ve been honored to work with many of these creative folks on art shows, specially commissioned projects, larger scale installations, limited edition tees, stickers, cards & more.

 

You can find a new masterpiece every time you walk up the stairs here. That sense of discovery is one of the biggest thrills we have being a part of Mom’s. Here’s a neat 13 of our 2018 art at Mom’s highlights (in no particular order).

 

We ushered in 2018 with New Year’s postcards by Leah Sabatelli. We loved her surrealist take on what was sure to be a supremely surrealist year. Leah also curated the Fever Dreams group art show here in November.

Hope Hummingbird‘s exquisite porcelain tile installations had us searching wikipedia more than a few times to learn about the lives of the women they so lovingly honored in installations. Her installation of Maud Stevens Wagner, the first known female tattoo artist in the U.S., found a place of honor downstairs here.

While our 100+ year old facade was being restored earlier this year, Perro, Dark MealKUR.STKULT joined forces to turn our scaffolding into a temporary outdoor gallery. We can’t think of a better way to deal with the temporary inconvenience of renovation construction while showing off a bit of our inside magic to the outside world.

Speaking of taking the inside outdoors, our little back dining room alley has been transformed a few times over the years by artist in residence Anthony Kosiakowski. Two of the windows were revamped this year with a portrait of Kali and a mixed media collage wall from Chinese joss paper patterns. Keep an eye out for more of these ever evolving installations.

And along with the exterior building renovations, a section of the second floor front room also got a few fresh walls, a super rare occurrence in a space with 20 years of layers of art. Our crew came to the rescue in record time jumping off the fresh walls & ceilings with work from Bines, Septic, Bear 215, Kelly Campanile, Crisp, YOMI and more.

Our artist edition tee shirt series, started in 2017 to celebrate our 20th anniversary, continued into 2018 with two new works of wearable art. The legendary NTEL had a playful take on Tattooed Mom’s history while paying tribute to classic Rock n’ Roll style streetwear combined with modern graffiti influenced funk. And we closed out the year with our comic book artist crush Michael Sweater getting loud, fast & hungry with his TMoms tee shirt graphic.

The South Street Spring Festival has given us a chance to share the great work of so many incredible makers in our big top art tent over the last 6 years. This year we spotlighted the work of the many talented creators that work at Mom’s including Bear215, Raw Eyes, AntiDye and more. We also curated a street art photo booth for the festival with Yowie featuring installations by James Dream and Emily Brintnall.

We added a new piece to our small but mighty collection of Adam Wallacavage treasures with this Alice in Wackoland mirror. Filled with crazy cool details and candy coated color we’ve been perfecting our psychedelic selfie game in it all year.

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Characters Welcome, our international sticker art show is our street art Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hannukah & New Year’s rolled into one. 2018 celebrated it’s 7th year with our biggest and best show ever, featuring fantastic sticker art from all over the world in support of youth arts programs at The Village of Arts & Humanities and Fleisher’s Community Partnership in the Arts.

We’ve dreamed of having a stairway piece for a while and Lowlvl was at the top of our list when we finally got the chance. His “I Think We’re Alone Now” steps are the bridge between the curated grandma on acid vibe of the first floor and the iconic street art museum chaos of the second floor. Tommy James / Lene Lovich / Tiffany / Girls Aloud – take your pick – the beating of our hearts is the ONLY sound.

As 2018 slid into dystopian reality show horror, art provided resistance, power and hope. Seeing the work of so many strong voices, many of them making street art for the first time on the walls here, gave us a sense of solidarity in a belief for a kinder, more humane future. Big ups to MarisaVR, Taped Off TV, Joe Boruchow, Hysterical Men, YOMI, Lazy Beam, Indecline, Wantful Things, Velchevart and many others. We’re honored to have your work here.

We love welcoming traveling artists to Mom’s. This year we were so fortunate to see some old friends return while welcoming new folks to Philly and to Mom’s. We’ve also had a chance to share the work of folks who haven’t been able to visit in person yet. Love to Arrex, Dunzo, Wrdsmth, Hyland Mather, Kitska, Skam, I Will Not, My Dog Sighs, City Kitty, Pheobe NY, Crisp, Voxx, Olek, Scumby and so many more.

And finally, but not in the least less treasured, thanks to all of YOU who so generously add your stickers, tags, wheatpastes, stencils, fiber art, and more to the walls here.  We’re also grateful to everyone who visits, photographs, enjoys and supports the work. And love to everyone who curates and produces art shows, pop up shops & creative events here (special shout out to Jerks Productions who celebrated their 5th year of the Fused Underground art show series at Mom’s in 2018) . We’re grateful to be surprised and delighted by new art every single day. We can’t wait to see what 2019 brings to Tattooed Mom!

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Characters Welcome 7: An International Sticker Art Show

We’re really excited to announce the call for submissions for Characters Welcome 7: An International Sticker Art Show. We love the community of sticker artists that meet, exchange ideas and leave behind tokens of their amazing art here. Characters Welcome celebrates that community and reaches out to artists all over the world to show their best hand drawn and printed sticker art. Some photos from past Characters Welcome shows as well as submissions for this year’s show can be seen on our Instagram.

 

All are welcome to contribute to Characters Welcome 7. First time artists will be shown side by side with the seasoned icons in the street art world. Stickers need not be character based. We prefer hand drawn stickers but printed, silk screened & collaged stickers are also very much welcome.

 

The stickers will be displayed in a show here on Friday October 12 from 7pm – 2am (21+) and Saturday October 13 from noon – 4pm (all ages). The boards with the compiled stickers as well as surplus sticker packs will be available for sale. We’ll have some very special raffle items and rad day of show surprises. 100% of ALL sales will go to benefit the inspiring youth local arts programs at Fleisher Art Memorial and The Village of Arts & Humanities.

 

We hope you will share your sticker art with us and the world through Characters Welcome and spread the word about the show to your fellow artists, friends and family. The creative exchange and collaboration of this show is at the very heart of what we love to do here at Mom’s.

 

The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2018. Please include your artist name, any Instagram or social media handles and as many stickers as you’d like so we can give you proper credit & share your art with the world! Submissions will not be returned.

Please mail all submissions to:

Characters Welcome:

614 S. 4th Street

#202

Philadelphia, PA 19147 U.S.A.

Local artists may also drop off their stickers in person at Tattooed Mom,  530 South Street, Philadelphia.

For more information feel free to contact us at [email protected] or DM us on Instagram.

 

Hope to see you all at Characters Welcome 7 to celebrate the vibrant world of sticker art while helping youth arts programs!

A Canvas for a Community: An Opaque Philly Film

We’re honored to be featured in the latest installment of Opaque Philly’s series of videos highlighting our city’s creators. Opaque’s passionate talent & vision for this project captured the heart and soul Tattooed Mom. Their support of the local creative community and focus on celebrating self expression in it’s many forms comes through in every frame. We’re excited to share “A Canvas for a Community” with you and hope you’ll take a few minutes to see and hear what TMoms founder Robert & featured artist Bear 215 have to share about their love for Tattooed Mom & the worldwide family we’re so lucky to be with on this journey.

 

 

 

Spring Festival Mural ​Photo Booth ​curated ​by YOWIE x Tattooed Mom

 

About The Project – Mural Photo Booth is a collaborative project between beloved ​South Street ​bar Tattooed Mom and new Fabric Row ​home and life shop YOWIE. They chose two artists that speak to the fun, quirky​,​ and creative vibe of South Street and ​wanted to create a fun, Spring Fest inspired installation that begs to be interacted with.

 

About The Artists: 

Emilia Brintnall is a visual artist based in Philadelphia. Emilia primary works in paper mache sculpture, video and installation. Emilia creates work based on animals, plants, landscapes and everyday objects that are lumpy playful versions of their real forms. Often her sculptures and drawings transform into fantasy hybrid creatures or piles of characters.

 

James Dream is a multidisciplinary visionary artist. His current work involves creating spaces conducive to moving emotions, sparking imagination, and most importantly, play.

 

Be sure to stop by the mural photo booth installations on the 200 block of South Street during the Spring Festival on Saturday May 5 from 11am – 8pm. Feel free to take selfies, pics of your kids, family & besties & tag the artists (@emiliabrintnall & @flesh_prince) and #SouthStFest. Enjoy this fun life sized sidewalk photo booth.

 

This project was created with the generous support of Paradigm Gallery + Studio and the South Street Headhouse District.

 

21st Anniversary Artist Edition Tee: NTEL

We’ve invited some of the talented folks who make Mom’s & the city of Philadelphia beautiful to help celebrate our 21st year with specially commissioned tee shirt designs. The fourth edition in our Anniversary Artist Series tees is by NTEL of the internationally famous AIDS Crew. The world is lucky to have received the Ab5trACT NT3Ligents of his intergalactic transmissions through art, design, graffiti & (sub)culture.

We’re stoked beyond words to be able to share this new piece of his wearable art with you.

 

We sent smoke signals to ask NTEL how his design was inspired by his vision of Tattooed Mom:

*signal detected

Dear Mom,

I hope this letter finds you well.  I am good, but the Battle rages on.  It has been raining for 3 Weeks, and I fear the worst for our Captain.  We fight on despite.  My thoughts of you keep me Strong, and the distraction of drawing up the Artwork for you was very welcome and refreshing.  I hope you received the package, in order.

Speaking of, I remember one of the first times ever being in your place, Tattooed Mom’s.  It was almost 20 years ago.  I was underage, and fresh to the States from Europe with very little companionship or guidance.  T-Mom’s had a reputation that preceded herself, and you always told me to stay away.  She had long been an establishment known for Food, Music, Culture, and Art, before I moved to America, so it was one of the first places I visited on one of my first trips to Philadelphia, despite your warnings of course.  The feeling was deep, and overwhelming, and one could get a sense of her History and long-beating pulse.  I was glad I took the risk to sneak in, because it was humbling and eye-opening.  Sometimes Mother’s don’t know best, huh?

Now, almost 20 years later, I am equally humbled and honoured that you asked me to create one of Tattooed Mom’s Limited Edition Artist Series 21th Anniversary T-Shirts.  My, how crazy Life is.  Upon approaching the concept, I wanted to show you how much I love you, Mom, and pay homage to Tattooed Mom’s History, while showing tribute to classic Black + White Rock n’ Roll style Streetwear, but also maintaining some Modern Graffiti influenced funk.  I think we achieved those goals.

Before I say bye and return to my post, Mom, I would like to ask you to give special thank you and hugs to Robert, my good friend Noah, and the rest of Mom’s Children and Family…. and though we have not seen each other since I was born… Thank you too, Tattooed Mom.  I love you.  I hope we did ya proud!

– Love, NTEL

*end transmission

 

The NTEL x TMoms 21st Anniversary tee shirt will be released on April 9th. Available in a white design on a black tee in a full range of sizes. Limited edition run, so don’t sleep!

 

Model: K’Triqa • Photography: Elijah Snyder-Vidmar.

 

We’re excited to share more of these special designs with you. These shirts have been such a success that we are continuing the Mom’s Artist Edition Series into our 21st year. Stay tuned for details on the next Mom’s Artist Edition tee shirt.

 

20th Anniversary Artist Edition Tee: Levy / Kim Su

We’ve invited some of the talented folks who make Mom’s & the South Street community beautiful to help celebrate our 20th year with specially commissioned tee shirt designs. The third edition in our 20th Anniversary Artist Series tees is by Erik Levy / Kim Su of Body Graphics Studios. He’s been a dear friend for more than the two decades we’ve been here at Mom’s. And we are honored he designed one of our first ever TMoms shirts way back when as well as this new 20th Anniversary jawn.

 

We’re beyond stoked to be able to share this new piece of his wearable art with you.

 

We asked Kim Su how being a part of the Mom’s family throughout our history inspired his design:

“Two decades later and still honoring the community and doing it TMom fashion. I’m stoked to be part of the celebration. Happy 20th Anniversary & carri-on!”

 

The Kim Su x TMoms 20th Anniversary tee shirt will be released on December 28th. Available in a white design on a black tee in a full range of sizes. Limited edition run, so don’t sleep!

 

We’re excited to share more of these special designs with you over the next 12 months. Stay tuned for details on the next 20th Anniversary Artist Edition tee shirt.

Coquito Cocktail: Cheers to the Holidays

We’re ringing in the holiday season with our Coquito cocktail and love & good cheer for our friends in Puerto Rico. Our Coquito, a lively Puerto Rican take on the traditional egg nog is made with Sailor Jerry spiced rum, coconut milk, Coco Lopez, sweetened condensed milk and a mix of fresh holiday spices. We’re donating $1 from each cocktail sold to the Maria Fund to help rebuild Puerto Rico. Available for a limited time now through the new year. Cheers for a Happy Holiday from all of us at TMoms!