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

 

 

 

 

 

Bellissimo! Mom’s Bottled Beauties Series: The Negroni

Our hand crafted and house made Bottled Beauties series has been a popular way to check out classic cocktails in a new and unique way. We took inspiration from our fantasy of new wave Fiorucci, Italo disco & summers on the Riviera for The Negroni, the 7th edition in the series. House bottled with Campari, Lo-Fi Sweet Vermouth & Faber Gin, this Bottled Beauty is bellissimo!

 

Characters Welcome 6: An International Sticker Art Show

We’re really excited to announce the call for submissions for Characters Welcome 6: 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 can be seen on our Instagram.

All are welcome to contribute to Characters Welcome 6. First time artists will be shown side by side with the seasoned titans. 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 September 15, 2017 from 7pm – 2am (21+) and Saturday September 16 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 inspiring youth local arts programs.

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 September 1, 2017. Please include your artist name, any Instagram or social media handles and as many stickers as you’d like! Submissions will not be returned.

Please mail all submissions to:

Tattooed Mom

P.O. Box 63951

Philadelphia, PA 19147 U.S.A.

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

For more information feel free to contact us at [email protected]

Hope to see you all at Characters Welcome 6!

Riot Nerd Craft Bazaar

Join in on the fun as Riot Nerd presents a handmade, all NERD, craft bazaar! Over a dozen local Philly artists and crafters will be on hand with items available for sale at a large variety of price points.  Bring your nerd cred, and some spending cash, because you don’t want to miss out on this one!

Vendors:
Dumbkat Press
Samantha Venuto
Meldar16
Robert Dicks
Heather Fox
Kerrince & Amy Simms
Maki Roll’s Chop Shop
Itzy Bitzy’s
Steven Quinn
Rainbow Alternative
Night Owl Designs
Creations by the CiCi
Angela Rouse
Christine Maldero
Black Heart Letterpress

Poster art by Melanie Green

Free Admission!
Free Arts & Crafts!!
FREE FUN!!!

+VIBES+ art exhibition

Come check out this pop-up group show which celebrates queer artists, artists of color & female artists!

Featuring new works by:
Dina Volpe
Lexi Bella
Reginald Pean
N’ketiah Brakohiapa
Hannah Gaudite
Tifani Truelove
Holly Farrell
Josh Graupera
Larissa Karan
Quinn McNichol
Caitlin Herrschaft
Matthew Guiliano
Madeleine Dietrich
Mia Buonaiuto

All proceeds benefit The Black and Brown Workers Collective & The Attic Youth Center.

ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Half off drafts 5-7pm & 10-11pm

You Can’t Kill A Poet

Dozens of talented queer and/or trans authors and poets have contributed to the past 3 years of You Can’t Kill A Poet.  Come out and enjoy a selection of these past readers while enjoying  good words, good drinks, and the celebration of three years of queer and trans folks sharing their work.

Scheduled Readers:
Berry Grass
Emma Sanders
Jessica Levine
Gabriel Ojeda-Sague
Lauren Yates
Alina Pleskova
Zach Blackwood
Julia Perch
Plus MORE to be announced!

$1 all beef or veggie bean tacos (until we run out!)
$2.50 Tecates all day
Half off all drafts 5-7 & 10-11pm