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.

 

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.