Over the last few weeks you may have noticed some lame posters from some NY-based clothing company (which has a store on South Street) using the image of Donald Trump to, well, get your attention. Those posters are now all covered up by some much more inspired Bernie Sanders posters created by Brooks Bell (Co-owner/Designer, The Decades Hat Co.)
FUCK YES! I’m ‘feeling the Bern’ so hard, and I love this purely for that.
And honestly, I hadn’t thought of it more than that until I read Brooks’ insightful reason for specifically covering up the Trump posters:
“As many people know, I recently covered a bunch of Donald Trump posters in Philly with my own Bernie Sanders posters. To give a back story, the Trump posters were advertisements for a store on South Street. They maintain that because they added gold teeth and their logo to his hat that the posters read as an ad for their shop not Trump. I disagree with this. We live in a dumbed-down, monkey see monkey do society and pasting a pop culture icon (and overall shithead’s) face all over our city appropriated to promote your store or not sends the wrong message. As young free thinking creatives we have a responsibility to be aware of our powers of influence and use it to our advantage to better society whenever possible. This store questioned why with a city full of walls why we would cover their posters. TO BE CLEAR THAT WAS THE POINT. Living in arguably the most progressive and liberal area of a swing state the last thing I want to see or have be seen is Donald Trump’s racist face staring back at me when I’m walking around my neighborhood… BERNIE FUCKING SANDERS FOR PRESIDENT. Stand for something or fall for anything.“
Displaying My New ‘Schuylkill River Architecture’ Photo-series at Honeygrow’s Newest Shop in University City
Y’all: I could not be more excited to finally tell you that I’ve partnered with the amazing people at Honeygrow to shoot and display a new series of COMPLETELY original photos for their just-opened University City shop (on Walnut between 37th and 38th)!
The series explores Schuylkill River architecture, and the photos can be seen throughout the shop including a big wallpaper print when you first walk in… Go check it out if you’re in the neighborhood (and grab some good food while you’re at it), I’m really, really proud of this work.
Also, check out my interview with Honeygrow on their blog HERE!
Three things I absolutely love (almost as much as street art/graffiti) are: 1) dynamic public spaces, 2) bold architecture, and 3) a really good view. I guess anyone who follows me on Instagram, in addition to reading this blog, would likely have inferred that by now. And Philly, this week we’ve got a brand new space that’s got ALL those things and more… Meet your new Instagram Mecca: #CiraGreen!
The brainchild of Developer Brandywine Realty Trust and Design Firms Erdy McHenry Architecture, Roofmeadow, and AKF Engineers, Cira Green is 1.25 aches of green-roof amazingness, offering quite possibly one of the BEST views of the Center City skyline. Perched 11-stories above the Schuylkill river in University City atop a parking garage, Cira Green is free and open to all from 7am-8pm now and through the winter, then 6am-10pm (possibly later, they’re playing it by ear) in the summer months.
To access Philly’s FIRST-ever elevated park(!), simply take the elevator found at the entrance on 30th street between Walnut and Chestnut streets. (Just follow all the super helpful signs.)
Now, come on picnic weather!
Found at 2nd and Girard, for your buffing needs.
Please excuse this tiny little break I’ll be taking over the next 2 weeks to travel to and explore Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington… Feel free to follow me on Instagram, if you’re not already, to see real-time updates and photos from my trip!
See y’all in a couple weeks!