When I was younger, I used to love to go to 4th and South and head over to Repo Records as well as Relapse Records. I never actually cared for 611 Records, though, but they ALWAYS had the best art on the side of their building! I took this photo back in the summer of 2005 before I really started shooting street art, but even then I knew I had to get it!
I remember talking to someone about this and they said they actually tended to change it up every few months. I still remember when they had this incredibly sick Metallica piece on there, and I’m pretty sure it was Master of Puppets! Its a shame the wall has been since painted over and no new pieces have popped up in the last few years.
So I saw that NoseGo re-did his old mural on a coffee shop. It’s a nice improvement on the original, and the colors and style is just amazing! It’s located on 5th Street and not too far from South Street (next door to the Passional Sex Store) at the old Cafe Grindstone coffee house.
I went to the Electric Factory for a show not too long ago (Anthrax, and it was amazing!) and noticed that the place got a fancy new paint job! I’m not 100% sure who did it, and while we rarely cover murals or commissions, but this one was way too sweet to pass up!
The incredibly talented and amazing artist NoseGo, along with Mad Decent, did this amazing mural on the side of the PhilaMOCA building at 10th and Spring Garden. We were thrilled to get a chance to shoot this piece, and the amount of detail is astounding! The piece uses multiple textures, some printed, and a really interesting painting technique. Not only that, but the subject matter, as always, is pretty interesting. Our main hope is to one day get to ask him what the symbolism is of these animals, if any, and what he enjoys about painting them.
Shock Hank is an old-school tagger… and we know nothing about him.
After some internet research, all we know is that this guy gets around. We found this piece around Juniper and Sansom, and some questions were left with us: Did he do the mural, or just tag the top of it? Was it just doing something for the sake of the score? I’ve seen this around for nearly 10 years, and its never been cleaned or changed, unlike that Shepard Fairey piece in Fishtown.
So, does anyone else have any info here? Or is it just as simple just another tag?
EDIT: Thanks to our commenter on the help! Shock and Hank are two separate taggers.
Local Street Artist Spain hit the Shepard Fairey “mural” in Fishtown back in January, and shortly after that the piece started to get cleaned up. Local art conservator Lauren Cassady began cleaning and restoring the piece not long afterwards, and wrapped up work not too long ago.
From the moment word got out and through the entire restoration process, a debate raged on about the entire event. Were the streets giving their opinion about the once-infamous street artist not only going legit but big time being a mockery to the essence of what they thought Street Art was? Was the action simply a rouge action?
The reaction, according to Lauren, has been largely positive:
Also, I have been approached, both on the street and online, by several active street artists/bombers, who support me fully. The subculture has a well defined set of mores and standards, and these artists, the local ones especially, want to beat the shit out of this “spain” guy. Basically, they tell me that a “toy” bombed a “king”, a huge non-no in that world. It just doesn’t happen without repercussion in that community.
I’ve stated it time and time again since I started this blog with Pipelines: We are still relatively new to this. We don’t know the full extent of the truth, and we also don’t know what the general reaction is from the streets. I tend to try and stay neutral.
Shepard Fairey’s murals have come under fire since he started having them commissioned. The reasons have ranged anywhere between him being a sellout, unoriginal, and just going against the reason street art even exists. At the same time, he’s been praised or being such a talented artist and bringing interesting art to the masses.
The argument for the piece is that not only is it essentially a commissioned mural, the tag would have been cleaned up no matter what. The fact that Lauren is doing it in order to preserve the original wheat pasting is better than just painting over it and trying to replicate it. The argument can easily be made that is someone did this to a Bansky they would be run out of town, which I’m pretty sure is true. That said, there is as reason that people respect and love Bansky in a way Shepard isn’t, and it isn’t something easy to explain.
So where does the truth lie? Did Spain cross the line, or did Shepard get what was coming to him?
I’m leaving it up to you, the readers of this blog, to make the decision. We’ll post the best comments Friday.
On the side of a building in North Philly is one of the most wonderful pieces of street art in Philadelphia! Local artists came together with a Child Day Care Center to make things better and more magical for the children who go and grow up in the area.
Today, we dedicate our posts to a few photos we took on our journey to North Philly.
In the front of this piece is Mecro with a really awesome tag! What other wonders await us on Candy Cane Lane?