Street Art Volume II; Colorful Concrete

Marlborough St

Marlborough St

What a weekend for a walk through the city. Luckily for me the weekend starts on Friday at noon and I decided to join everyone in the streets to enjoy the weather and the sights.  I figured I would wrap up my segment on Fishtown and travel a little deeper west towards North Broad. I found a treasure trove in and around the overpasses near 95 and the side streets in between Delaware Ave and North 5th Street.

Palmer St and N. Delaware Avenue

Palmer St and N. Delaware Avenue

The sheer amount of cohesive art on the walls in Fishtown and just about everywhere else in the city I’ve traveled is astounding. Full walls covered in one idea. Both in the prime locations but also the many side streets and quiet buildings along the way. Some of the schools I encountered were incredibly colorful and quite a few houses were adorned with mosaics and quirky metal fixtures that give Fishtown such a unique handmade feel.

I even saw a huge wheat paste by Philly street artist Get Up at the mouth of the old Divine Lorraine Hotel on North Broad, and one of his awesome Ben Franklin with boombox pieces.

Here are my favorite 50:

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Q and A with Jeffro Kilpatrick: Philly Cartoonist Extraordinaire

While at Phantom Hand I got a chance to rub elbows with a few great artists. Some are so damn nice that further looks into their art are not only on the way but going to be really fun. One of these artists is Fishtown Cartoonist Jeffro Kilpatrick, whose blog is simply a must. I got to interview Jeffro but seeing as I was not incredibly knowledgeable on his art its a little stale. I would not even been close to having the opportunity if it wasn’t for a tip from one of his blog followers, a friend of mine in New Zealand, who so conveniently was at the tip of my fingers. Jeffro is the co-founder of the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society and Author of Dirtballs in Love and a few volumes of Sketches of  Fishtown, explained in a video here. Thoughtful comics highlighting the brighter sides of Fishtown.

Interview and pictures after the jump…

Check out Jeffro’s page here..


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