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!

 

Momentum Digital’s Small Business Saturday Series

We are honored to be a part of Momentum Digital’s Small Business Saturday series. Frank, Austin & their awesome crew sat down with our very own RP to chat about the history of TMoms & what he loves most about being a part of a neighborhood of small businesses. Much love and many thanks to Momentum & to the fantastic Mom’s community that supports small businesses. Check out the full interview below!

 

 

20th Anniversary Artist Edition Tee: Wolfbat

We’ve invited some of the talented folks who make Mom’s & the South Street community beautiful to help celebrate our 20th year with a specially commissioned tee shirt designs. The second edition in our 20th Anniversary Artist Series tees is by Dennis McNett of Wolfbat Studios. His fantastic multimedia work (wood carvings, sculpture & installation, painting & wood block prints) capture the love we have for punk, mythology & skateboarding in a bold kick ass style. His piece for the Haha x Paradigm electrical box series is on our corner at 6th & South. We regularly pay homage to it on our way to Dotties Donuts, Starr Garden or Blackbird Pizza.

 

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

 

We asked Dennis how his first visit to Mom’s inspired his design:

“I was visiting friends in Philly some time around 2005 and they took me to Tattooed Moms. I remember it being layered with familiar stickers, tags and art letting me know friends and cohorts had been there before. It had a punk rock weirdo hideout feel that was like a warm blanket that cold night. I was honored when asked to do a graphic to celebrate their 20th year anniversary. It had to be a unique creature of the night just like Moms, so a batsnake it was:)”

 

The Wolfbat x TMoms 20th Anniversary tee shirt will be released on October 30th. Available in a discharge bleach 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.

 

Ethereal Ephemeroh Gets Strictly Featured

Artist Ephemeroh embodies the beautifully fleeting and temporal nature of art on the street and upstairs here at Mom’s. His whimsical wheatpastes are billowing dreams of windows into another world. He recently did a series of installations here in preparation for his collaborative launch with Strictly Featured, a fresh new start up that merges street art with fashion.

 

We caught up with Ephemeroh between fresh paste and the perfect tee shirt for a chat about art, dreams & collaborations.

 

We’re always excited to see a new piece of yours pop up on the street or here at Mom’s. How did you begin sharing your work publicly?

 

I began putting up my work in public places after moving from West Philly to West Kensington, with the help of fellow street artists and studio mates, Giappo and Pyramid Oracle.

 

Your wheatpastes have an ethereal, dreamlike vibe to them. Are you inspired by your dream life or is life a dream? 
I’ve been hearing this a lot recently and taking it as a huge compliment. My life is a dream in many ways but I think the dream like vibe comes from compositions that would only make sense or actualize in a dream. I hope that is the case.
What is it about TMoms that works as a spot to put up your art? 
Any spot that isn’t offensive works as a spot to put up my work but TMoms is special. It offers a place for artists to work in, under, over, within and around other artists work. I love it.
Was there a particular inspiration for the pieces you chose to install here? 
I wanted to present the contrast in my work, show off my range I guess. I put up pieces that I thought were more painterly in contrast with prints of the window. The window has been an inspiration for a while and is a big part of the collab with Strictly Featured.
The collaboration with Strictly Featured is tight! How did that come about?
 
Jack from Strictly Featured reached out to me about doing this collaboration and I was very interested.  Months earlier I had designed, created, and sold my work on sweatshirts with not much to show for it and this was really what I needed.  They basically gave me free reign to design a few articles of clothing. I told them that I wanted insight and that critique was necessary. So we ended up meeting every week for months and I took what they had to say, letting go of ideas, pursuing new ideas, altering ideas. The process was incredible. I can’t say enough good things about Strictly Featured and the collaboration. We put together something special and I’m thankful to all those involved.
See more of Ephemeroh’s work on his Instagram.
Check out the Strictly Featured x Emphemero line of tees and hats.