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.

 

Philadelphia Theatre Week

It’s time for Philadelphia Theatre Week, and we’ve got 3 great shows performing at Tattooed Mom during this 10-day celebration of the vibrant Philly theatre community!

 

Wed, Feb 14th, 8pm: Drunk Lion follows an alcoholic Lion who spends his days drinking into oblivion in a cantina, until he meets Chris, a young foreigner learning how to speak Spanish. The unlikely pair forge an intoxicated bond over life, love, and alcohol. Tickets $15

 

Thurs, Feb 15th, 7pm: Not Not the Illuminati: An Exclusive Cabaret/Conference is an exclusive party/conference/cabaret/performance/funeral in honor of the death/retirement/ascension/rebirth of Sammi Starr: Performer to the Illuminati. Be prepared for a highly informative night of music, laughs, & powerpoint presentations! Pay-what-you-will admission.

 

Sun, Feb 18th, 7:30 & 9pm:  Skeletron and the Dark Faerie King are two evil doers that cannot seem to agree on how to evil. Watch as these two villains struggle to become the ultimate antagonist protagonist. Pay-what-you-will admission.

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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.
 

20th Anniversary Artist Edition Tee: Merde Illegal

We’re celebrating our 20th year on South Street by inviting the talented folks who make Mom’s beautiful to share their unique vision on a tee shirt. First up is the rad Jason Vivona. His Merde Illegal wheatpaste mandalas bloom upstairs whenever he travels to Philly. We’re excited to have his work on the walls and stoked to be able to share a piece of his wearable art with you.

 

We asked Jason how his visits to Mom’s inspired his design:

“On top of the warmest of welcomes, great vibes and absolute generosity exhibited by Robert and the entire tribe at Tattooed Mom, the year that I’ve been acquainted with the people and establishment has been amazingly positive as well as realizing that people throughout my own life, also share a positive and lasting connection with TMoms. So I’m honored to be included in the celebration of their anniversary.”

 

The Merde Illegal x TMoms 20th Anniversary tee shirt will be released on September 1st. Available in metallic silver 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.

Float On With Mom’s Daiquiri Cloud Cocktail

Fun is in your forecast with Daiquiri Cloud cocktail. We’ve put a totally TMoms twist on this Cuban classic with a cloud of pink strawberry cotton candy, locally crafted Faber Rum & fresh lime juice. Enjoy the show as the cloud of cotton candy melts away and the sweet, tart & tasty good times begin. Cheers!

 

Two Brothers & 5000 Umbrellas

The birth of the upstairs as a vibrant art space is in part tied to a 1999 exhibition by brothers Noah & Nathan Rice. The walls were beginning to fill up with classic tags & stickers when the Brothers Rice brought their umbrella wheat pastes we’d been admiring around South Street to the front room upstairs. All 5000 of them. Here’s a look back at that seminal show bridging the street & the gallery, parts of which you can still see today in the mix of layers of paint, paste and stickers.

 

We caught up with the Noah & Nathan after a recent trip back to Mom’s & talked with them about art, late 90’s Philly & umbrellas.

 

1999 was several lifetimes ago. Any fond memories of TMoms and Philly from
those days?

 

We first moved to Northeast Philly from Portland OR in 1999 having never been
to the east coast at all.  Nathan got a job at Tower Books on South Street and
shortly after we relocated to South Philly right past Washington.  Tmoms, the
Bean, Fluid, Pearl Paints, among many other places all became spots we began
to meet people, make friends, most of whom still remain today.  But Moms,
above all else was home base during those days.  It was gritty, rock-n- roll and
full of aspiring artists and of course a great place for playing pool and getting
tipsy.

 

You were one of the first artists to have an art show upstairs here. Jake Henry
was the first to approach us about curating shows here. How did he find you
guys?

 

He actually saw a lot the wheat pastes we were putting up around South Street
and Old City and I think it was mutual friends at the Bean where we connected
and he approached us about doing a show.  We had seen his Space 1026 stuff
and were excited about working together.

 


Umbrellas. A room full of wheat pastes. Umbrellas floor to ceiling. Every inch
covered in there. Was there an inspiration for the project?

 

First off, we wanted to create a solid backdrop to hang pieces on top of.  The
walls were already plastered with beer bottle labels and random graffiti and we
knew were taking a chance pissing people off with the wallpaper we had in mind
but thought the end result could create a real compelling esthetic.  The repetitive
umbrellas were meant to make the space feel claustrophobic and closed in, as if
you only had the option to look at what was going on.

 


So what happened after the umbrella project here at TMoms?

 

About a year later we both returned to the west coast and spent a few years
putting up shows in Los Angeles and Portland before moving to New York.
We’ve had many commissions, shows, collaborations since the show at Tmoms
but that still was one of the most unique projects we worked on and probably the
craziest a kinkos employee has ever looked as us asking for 5000 copies of a single umbrella.

 


One can still see bits and pieces of the original installation nearly 20 years later
peeking out from the countless layers of pastes, stickers and paint. What was it
like to return to TMoms recently and see your work still riding here?

 

It was great, it flooded a lot of memories from those times.  We were only 21
back then and everything was new and exciting. The possibilities were endless.
Moms was gritty and real. The energy of it was great. Moms will always be a
solid part of our Philly experience and sort of a capsule of South Philly past.  A
lot of South street seems to have changed from those days with the loss of
Tower Books, Time Zone and other stores, but I love that Moms still stands
strong!

 

Thanks so much for being a part of the rich history of art here at Tattooed Mom!

 

Thank you so much for the opportunity to let us do our thing. We are forever
grateful for the memories we had!

 

 

You can see more of their recent work here:

noahandnathanrice.com

 

instagram.com/noahriceart

 

instagram.com/nathanchristopherrice