Keech Kills Cancer: A Benefit Art Show

Help support the legendary artist Keech at this epic group show! Featuring work from scores of heavy hitters from the Philadelphia street art & graffiti communities and beyond. Amazing art for sale, rad custom pieces for silent auction & incredible prize packs for raffle. We are proud to host this gathering of the community that Keech has supported in countless ways over the years & will be donating 20% of all food and drink to the cause. If you can’t make it out that night you can donate directly HERE or check out the Kill Kancer & World Of Street Art instagrams for online auction items and more info. Community is Everything & Keech has been at the heart of the Philly community. Let’s show him Philly LOVE!

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.

 

Tire Fire Presents: McAllister, Brady, Perch, & Captan

Our flagship literary reading series Tire Fire is back with another stellar line up of writers to kick off the spring season at Mom’s. This month’s line up includes:
TOM MCALLISTER is the author of the novels How to Be Safe and The Young Widower’s Handbook. He co-hosts the Book Fight! podcast and works as non-fiction editor for Barrelhouse. He lives in New Jersey and teaches at Temple University.DAN BRADY is the author of the poetry collection Strange Children, forthcoming from Publishing Genius in 2018, and two chapbooks, Cabin Fever / Fossil Record (Flying Guillotine Press) and Leroy Sequences (Horse Less Press). He is the poetry editor of Barrelhouse and lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and two kids.

JULIA PERCH is a queer and femme-identified editor, essayist, and poet living and working in West Philly. Her work has appeared in Philadelphia Stories, bedfellows, Word Riot, Shape Magazine, Prick of the Spindle, and others. She runs a low-key poetry vlog and deciphers dreams on Instagram, and tweets about The Bachelor franchise from a feminist lens.

MARYAN NAGY CAPTAN is an Egyptian-American poet, educator, and performer. She is the former art director at APIARY Magazine and teaches experimental writing with The Head & The Hand Press. She is the author of copy/body (Empty Set Press) and is an alumni of The Disquiet International Literary Program. Her work can be found in Mad House, AJAR, APIARY Magazine, Boneless/Skinless, and Sundog Lit.

Your generous donations this month will go to help support the good work of  The Philadelphia Student Union, a youth-led organization that exists to build the power of young people to demand a high quality education in the Philadelphia public school system. Through leadership development, media making, organizer training and political education the Philadelphia Student Union gives young people the tools and support they need to be leaders in their schools and communities. We are proud to match every donation dollar for dollar!

Upstairs opens at 6PM, but our “doors” open at 7, and the reading starts around 8.

Accessibility Note: reading is upstairs and non-bumper car seating is limited, and tends to be first-come, first-serve. If you need assistance or accommodations, please let us know.

Bodega? • Philadelphia Film Premiere

Join us this Sunday for the Philadelphia premiere of Bodega? a David Leigh jaunt. This documentary asks bodega owners their staffs & suppliers about their vision of the American Dream. Through these varied conversations we get a glimpse of the relationship between the people on both sides of the counter.

Hosted by Cory Wade of America’s Next Top Model and featuring a Q & A with film maker David Leigh Abts, co-author of Mother’s Day at the Orphanage. Plus a mini pop up of cool Bodega? film swag.

21+ / FREE ADMISSION / Weekend Brunch menu & free arts & crafts

Can You See Me? A Trans & Non-Binary Group Art Show

March 31st is Trans Day of Visibility! We are proud to be the host for this group show of over a dozen trans and non binary identifying artists. Curated by Ms. Written Art & featuring art from all over the U.S.  Now more than ever before voices of diversity need to be seen and heard. There is power in art, there is strength in creativity. It is truly the greatest way to express our humanity. Join us for an afternoon of art & community. All are welcome.

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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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!