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Conrad Benner to be Featured Speaker at Philly Set Go’s Launch Party

January 21, 2015

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Hey y’all,

The 2015 mayoral election is going to be a HUGE one for Philly, and for anyone looking to create positive change in the city. So, over the course of this year I hope to use whatever voice I have to help draw attention to some issues I think we need our next mayor to address. And with that…

I’m INCREDIBLY proud and excited to announce that I will be the featured speaker at Philly Set Go‘s launch party on Tuesday, January 27th! Philly Set Go is a non-partisan political action committee aiming to empower more millennials to be politically active and to advocate for the issues that affect them.

Hope you’re able to come out: Get tickets HERE!

Streets Dept Turns 4: Let’s Celebrate with a 2015 Stikman Calendar Giveaway!

January 18, 2015

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Jesus, four years. I can’t even begin to explain the gratitude I have to all the Philly (and non-Philly, for that matter) artists and readers who have made this blog what it is. I am truly so unbelievably grateful. Four years ago I was working at a coffee/gelato shop, taking classes at the Community College of Philadelphia, and playing around with a camera in my spare time. Today, I work as a social media strategist and have watched as door after door has opened for me: from hosting a TEDxPhilly Walk, to becoming an Instagram ‘Suggested User,’ to selling a photo to Rihanna, to meeting and developing relationships with some incredibly inspiring artists, bloggers, writers, photographers, and activists! (And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.) I can not thank you all enough, really. But I’ll try with this…

Win Your Very-Own Limited Edition 2015 Stikman Calendar!

The legendary Stikman has given this here blog 10 of his 2015 Stikman Calendars to give away. (Pictured above.) Here’s how you can win one:

1) Follow me on Instagram HERE.

2) Take a photo of a Stikman installation and hashtag it #StreetsDeptStikman. (His work is ALL over Philadelphia, and in countless cities around the world, for readers outside of Philly.)

Giveaway ends Sunday, January 25th at Midnight EST… That gives you a week, if you’d like to enter! All 10 winners will be notified by Instagram direct message.

Here’s some inspiration: 


Can We Talk About Harlequinade’s AMAZING Work Lately?

January 13, 2015


LOVE this series! Great work, Harlequinade.

Check out some of Harlequinade’s older work HERE!

More Photos of Fishtown’s Abandoned Power Plant, from @Tommybaboon and @SteveStabler

January 9, 2015

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(Above photos by @Tommybaboon)

Some more incredible photos today exploring Fishtown’s Abandoned Power Plant from @Tommybaboon and @SteveStabler (follow them on Instagram if you’re not already!)

Many more amazing photos below, and in case you missed it earlier this week I’ve got some more photos of this space HERE, including some updates on the possible future of the buiding! Read more…

Rabble Rousers Brigade’s Satirical Take-down of Comcast “Surprisingly” Interrupted by Commercials

January 7, 2015

Meet the ‘Comcat’ that’s destroying Net Neutrality…


Absolutely love this!

People watching this past New Year’s Day Mummers Parade on TV saw an unfortunately short version of the Rabble Rousers Brigade‘s brilliant satirical jab at the almighty Comcast (which you can check out above.)

While they weren’t the only group to have their performance cut short for TV audiences, broken up by commercials of course, it is kind of funny that a group that was satirizing one multimedia empire’s unflinching zest for near-complete control of TV, the Internet, and our skyline find themselves being one of the unfortunate few groups to not fully make it to air. Leading me to wonder if this is just one of those Alanis Morissette-type “ironic” moments, or something more? Who knows.

Either way, you’re can watch the Rabble Rousers full performance HERE, that is unless Comcast is slowing your connection, in which case :/

Some more photos from the post-parade Two Street celebrations below, if you’re interested…



All 3 of Forbes 30 Under 30 Street Artists Have Done Work in Philly

January 6, 2015

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Awesome news this week to hear that Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Gaia, and Vhils all made this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 Art/Style list. The three are the only street artists on the list – and all three have worked in Philly (and with Mural Arts, for that matter.) Congrats y’all!

And congrats as well to Philly’s Nate Mell for making the list. Nate’s a local ceramicist who I just happened to shoot for a #PhillyJumps back in August.

The Neon Underground in The Eraserhood

January 6, 2015


Absolutely LOVE the pastes the Neon Underground has been putting up lately!


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