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 Lowlv 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!

 

 

 

 

New Year’s Day 2019

Everyone knows real Philadelphians have more New Year’s fun on January 1st!

We’ll be welcoming in the first day of 2019 with a FREE buffet & drink specials,
PLUS a limited edition postcard & poster art by Defective Pudding!

So sleep in late, stay in your pjs, & join us for a New Year’s Day celebration not to be missed!

FREE lucky pork buffet!
Lucky Buddha lager specials!
Midnight Rose cocktail, specially crafted for 2019!
Brunch Menu available noon – 4:30pm,
& half priced drafts 5-7pm & 10-11pm!

FREE FUN to celebrate the FIRST DAY of the NEW YEAR!

 

♥︎♥︎ love & good times always ♥︎♥︎

New Year’s Eve 2019

Celebrate New Year’s Eve Tattooed Mom’s style: fun, festive, & full of good cheer!

Grab some complimentary New Year’s swag to party with, PLUS limited edition postcard & poster art by Defective Pudding (so you can send those New Year’s greetings)!

NO COVER // ALL NIGHT LONG
Enjoy our full kitchen menu till 1:30am & half price drafts from 10-11pm.

Ring in the New Year with friends old & new at TMOMs, and welcome 2019 without breaking the bank! Toast to a year full of fun & adventure with our Midnight Rose cocktail, specially crafted for the holiday spirit.

♥︎♥︎ love & good times always ♥︎♥︎

Check out our New Year’s Day specials here!

The Return of L Word Quizzo!

The L Word Quizzo is back & gayer than ever!

Doors 7 // Quizzo 7:30
This event is free and open to all! (21+)
We will be collecting donations for the Trans Women of Color Collective during the event!

There will be 6 rounds with 6 questions each, with a maximum of 6 people per team. Prepare for questions about all six seasons AND relevant L Word-adjacent content (study up on that cast and that era)! The winning team will rewarded a TBD prize that Bette would surely frown upon just as she would a community art show!

⇒ RSVP Here ⇐
(RSVP opens on Wednesday, September 5th at 11am EST)
**Due to the popularity of this event, seating is first-come-first-serve with an RSVP, and an RSVP does not guarantee entrance to the event. This event is in high demand & seats fill up fast, so make sure you arrive on time!**

Enjoy this event with our Burger Wednesday specials:
$4 Mom’s Beef Burgers & Mom’s Vegan Burgers
$2 Narragansett Lager Tall Boys
& half off all drafts 5-7 and 10-11pm

Join the Facebook Event and invite all your pals!

Sticky Art Machine Release Party: El Toro & Faithsfunnn

Come out to this one night pop up art show & meet the artists behind the latest Tmom’s Sticky Art Machine sticker collection!  The sixth edition of our Sticky Art series features five new exclusive, limited run stickers by the legendary El Toro & Faithsfunnn.

Be the first to get these new designs as they are SURE to sell out! Meet the artist and check out a special one night pop up art show by Faith, Bear 215 & Ghost Writer. Join other sticker artists for a back room drink & draw / sticker swap for our upcoming Characters Welcome 7 International Sticker Art show.

Curated by the legendary street artist Bob Will Reign, the series highlights one of kind designs by some of our all time sticker art heroes. All designs are limited to a run of 100 and available ONLY at Tattooed Mom.  Previous editions include work by Robots Will KillThe London PoliceArrex SkullsOld BroadsKid HazoBob Will ReignMuskAir Rat,  Mr. SwitchPerro & MCA.

Collect them all!

1/2 priced tots
$2 PBR pounders
1/2 off drafts from 5-7pm & 10-11pm

TMOM’s 4th of July Celebration

Honor the birth of a nation by letting your freak flag fly at TMOMs! Let’s make America WEIRD again by celebrating the creative spirit of the unsung underground, the freaky resistance of the true patriot, & the beautifully rich diversity of our incredible community.

Toast to 242 years with our Burger Wednesday specials:
$4 Mom’s Classic Burgers & Vegan Burgers noon – midnight
$2 tall boys of New England’s finest Narragansett Lager all day & night
& catch the debut appearance of July’s Burger of the Month: Crimewave: Your choice of Mom’s Classic Burger or Mom’s Vegan Burger + crispy Fritos corn chips + house made black bean chili + fried jalapeños & cilantro lime crema.

All this & more holiday shenanigans in air conditioned all-American comfort, only at your true blue Tattooed Mom!

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.

 

 

 

South Street Spring Festival

Spring is FINALLY here, and that means it’s time for the 6th annual South Street Spring Festival!  Enjoy a beautiful spring afternoon as South Street transforms into 8 blocks of delicious food, local artists and crafts, 3 stages worth of music and entertainment & fun all day long both inside & out of Tattooed Mom!

Check out our Big Top Tent of Art right outside of Mom’s featuring one of a kind art & special Spring Fest exclusive drops from some of our favorite Philly artists. This year we’ll be featuring the very talented crew of creators & makers who work at Mom’s. Meet &  pick up hand crafted art from these fine folks:


Bear
AntiDye
Raw Eyes
Nathan Hurst
Don’t Be A Prick
NAME
Kayla Connors
& more!

And be sure to pop into TMoms for our house made Spring Fest Big Top Punch cocktail!
Made with Peruvian Pisco, coconut water, mango & lime juices for a celebration of tropical spring flavors.

 

Join the Facebook Event and invite all your spring-loving pals! We can’t wait to see you for an afternoon of art, cocktails, food & free fun for the whole crew!

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.

 

Girl Crime Group Art Show

Girl Crime Organization is coming back to Mom’s for an “Original and Interesting” art show!

Branching out from their Crime on South Street Pop-Up, this show will feature new & old artists. Past shows have included: AllyCatJVLiETTia UugghShittyStyleAutumn VeggiemonJaz MaloneYasminMechanicalPencilGirl, &
Kelly Campanile.

Stop by to get your fill of crime (& our Burger Wednesdays specials):
$4 Mom’s Burgers and Mom’s Vegan Burgers
Half off all drafts 10-11pm
+ LAST CHANCE for the April Burger of the Month, “Get Crazy