Archive for the ‘Philadelphia’ Category
A collaboration with Ryan and Vanessa Valentine. Psychic street portrait of Ryan.
This is a piece about rebirth. The first of a new series…the Saints. This piece was a lot of fun to do and everyone in the neighborhood seemed to have a strong reaction to it. A guy in his delivery truck backed his truck up halfway down the block to get a better look, but the best was probably the old dude who worked across the street: “that shit is WEIRD!” Haha…yes, yes it is.
The title of this series, “Resurrect Dead” is an homage to the Toynbee tiles and the excellent documentary of the same name. I remember seeing the tiles at various crossroads around Philly as a kid and being drawn to their cryptic message. It was not until hearing of the documentary that it all came back to me, and luckily a lot of the detective work had already been done. I highly recommend checking it out for some insight into real contemporary urban mythology.
The creation of this piece was quite an adventure…I’ll try to write a bit more about it at some point, but if you’re sharp you should be able to pick up on some of the method to the madness. This one is at 19th & Chestnut.
This is a sweet little spot over at 6th and Bainbridge with lots of local artists. It’s always cool when street artists work off each other, and the elemental priests seemed like they would fit in nicely with this mandala piece by Joe Boruchow.