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.
A few months ago, Pipelines and myself got to head over to 6th & Cecil B. Moore. On the side of this building was an awesome mural that had Neo-Geo Evangelion painted on the side, which has been around for at least 4 years, if not longer. I remembered a friend of mine posting photos and I immediately fell in love with it. Sadly, the original piece is gone, but the replacement is still incredibly sweet!
From Uncle Moneybags from Monopoly to the awesome Tex Avery-style bears to even The Hungry Caterpillar, this piece is full of some of the coolest characters around! The colors are amazingly vibrant and fun, and really, I don’t know what else there is for me to say about it! Its always a joy whenever the owners of a building let the artists do something amazing to bring life to a community! Dudes, keep it up!
Me and Pipelines had the chance and honor to finally go to The Rez a few weekends ago, and I’m pleased to present for you some of the photos we took that day! We’ll have more for you later, but for now, enjoy these wonderful wildstyle pieces!
Tober is, quite easily, the most wanted and notorious street artists in Philly right now. Cops wanna catch him, artists want to hang with him, and reporters want to interview him (seriously, hit us up!), and we had the chance to check out a ton of his coolest pieces lying around NoLibs! So sit back, relax, and enjoy these photos.
While roaming through the urban jungles of North Philly, we came across this near the locally-famous “Graffiti Garden” (More on that later!). Its a beautiful wall, and I say check it out for yourself if you ever get the chance!
So while in Northern Liberties / North Philly (You know, sometimes I think that depends on who you ask), we came across this. I had a good chuckle, since it really does show how far social networking online has become a part of our entire culture. It’s a really sweet throw-up and wildstyle piece!
While walking around Vine Street, I came across the semi-abandoned building around 10th Street. It looks like they’re back to work on it, but it seems Bale and the TSU Crew is on it, too! Awesome Wildstyle Tag!