From the first tag to the latest wheat paste, upstairs at TMom’s has been home to a rich history of local & international street art. This is an ever changing gallery: an un-curated & spontaneous outpouring of creativity by local & traveling artists and the countless visitors who leave their unique mark here nightly.
The birth of the upstairs as a vibrant art space is in part tied to a 1999 exhibition by brothers Noah & Nathan Rice. That year the Brothers Rice brought their umbrella wheat pastes we’d been admiring around South Street to Mom’s. All 5000 of them.
In the words of the modern philosopher Beyonce, “Who run the world? Girls“—and honestly, where is the lie? Every single day mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, daughters, and other maternal figures wake up & choose to make the world go round.
For Mother’s Day 2021, we wanted to honor the hard work of all mothers & maternal figures by spotlighting a few mother-run organizations that are doing vital work in our communities:
Mothers In Charge – A violence prevention, education and intervention-based organization that advocates for and supports those affected by violence.
Oshun Family Center – Providing racially concordant care to members of the Black community that are struggling to cope with life transitions, especially those impacted by postpartum mood changes, birth, and racial trauma.
Rae’s Roots – A wellness tea company for mothers, founded by a Chinese American mother.
PS. A mom can also be a place you go to eat & drink, where you feel safe & loved :’) Hint hint, it’s Tattooed Mom, and we love you <3
Missing cozy afternoons on a comfy Tmoms couch? Yearning for tater tots & late night hangs in a bumper car? Fantasizing about sitting at the bar with less than 6ft between you and the rest of the world??
Craving the emotional comfort of another human being?
Dying to confess your feelings to your crush?!?
Ready to say “fuck it” and resign to being alone forever????!!
Sounds like you need …
Tattooed Mom Valentines
A valentine for every occasion! Download them all for FREE below! Share them with your pals (especially the cute ones). We officially DARE you to send one to your crush. And above all else, make sure you save a little love for yourself <3
No radical movement begins or ends with voting, but voting is a necessary & individual choice with a complicated historical significance. Voting is a privilege, and we must use that privilege along with activism & community care to help the most vulnerable among us.
This space is a work in progress. If you’d like to bring additional resources to our attention, feel free to email us.
It is not enough to oppose racism silently & from afar. We must be actively anti-racist, & we must educate ourselves about the tools of systemic oppression and the intersections of our own privileges.
The following post contains various resources for those looking to donate, support, educate, and participate in active anti-racism, as well as ways to support our local BIPOC, AAPI, & Latinx communities.
DONATE, SUPPORT, LEARN:
Donate/Support/Learn: Art + Action – Explore, learn, sign, support, and share. Created by local artist Rainey.
Donate/Learn: Black and Brown Workers Cooperative – Labor organizing cooperative fighting contemporary forms of subjugation/dehumanization in our workplaces, classrooms, and communities by expanding democracy and agency
Donate: Black and Brown Coalition PHL – A Philadelphia volunteer-based alliance, established to protect the vested interest of our Black and Brown communities
Donate: Oshun Family Center – A local family center that aims to provide racially concordant care to members of the Black community that are struggling to cope with life transitions, including free mental health services for Black individuals
Support: People’s Paper Co-Op – A women led, women focused, women powered art and advocacy project at the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia
Donate/Support/Learn: Philly Jail Support – Abolitionist community members working with Golden Rod Community, a Black-led 501c3 providing jail support and other services for system impacted folks
Donate/Learn: Red Umbrella Alliance Philly – An all volunteer collective dedicated to ending stigma & violence towards SWers through labor organizing, advocacy, & decriminalization
Donate/Learn: Stop AAPI Hate – Multi-organization collaboration that tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States
Donate/Support/Learn: We Are The Seeds – Amplifying Indigenous voices through the arts
Donate/Support/Learn: Working Class History – A podcast, book, and social media project that records and popularizes our grassroots, people’s history, as opposed to the top-down accounts of most history books