Posts Tagged “Roller”

The Reading City Branch – Part 1

To steal a line from Van Halen, “When was the last time you did something for the first time?”

Pipelines and myself decided to do something we had never done before and head for a part of Philadelphia we normally stay away from; The Art Museum. We had heard of some fairly obscure place that promised a vast cavern of not just street art, but also adventure. For me, adventure is something that you should experience whenever you can, and with Pipelines in tow, we were more than ready to take it on! We originally started at the other end of the Ben Franklin Parkway and stared straight into a pit where countless cop cars were parked. I had to laugh. “Well, maybe we should just ask an officer for directions. Just say, ‘Hey, how do we get to the abandoned railroad tracks?'”

We eventually reached a tiny dirt path that led directly to our treasure; a hidden world cut off from everything and everyone.

As amazing as the space itself was, it was also incredibly intimating. A massive expanse, seemingly endless at times, and a set of abandoned tracks running down the middle. It made me think of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and where their lair would be, but also of how it was still so well preserved on a whole. Columns rose from the ground high into the air to keep the ceiling up. Considering the large number of cars and how long its been around and how unwell kept it is… it is nothing short of amazing to comprehend!

As we entered, we saw the walls covered in street art.

Krack Kills

The Pier, Part 2

I wasn’t sure what to expect, as I was going off of one somewhat promising picture I saw. It reminded me of The Rez in that there were so many detailed pieces because the place was relatively undisturbed. Unfortunately, quite a few of the pieces were faded because of rain and winter weather. Still there were many awesome ones, familiar and unfamiliar, that remained preserved.

Here are a couple of the broad sides. More to come this week.

The broad side of a pier, covered in graffitti

The broad side of a pier, covered in graffitti

Underneath the Tracks…

Underneath some abandoned railroad tracks is some amazing street art that is hidden from most prying eyes. Another tagger’s paradise, this one has gotten more and more difficult to get into. O.D.D.Ball and Tober have been here, along with Shock, Hank, Seka, and countless others! The pieces here are incredible, and its a real treat to get to see!

Shock Hank: The Legend?

Shock Hank: The Legend?

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.