Coming Soon: The Phantom Lives Again at Jinxed

The recently deceased Phantom Hand Gallery from south street in Philadelphia, is being given life anew at Jinxed Philadelphia. After having their store yanked out from underneath them in June, and a pair of shows a block away at Tattooed Mom‘s, the Phantom Hand artist collective is back in action at Jinxed. Jinxed is your place for odd trinkets, unique clothing, weird toys and all types of reasonably priced vintage furniture. Following their instagram, @jinxedstore, is a great way to get your hands on new additions to the jinxed vintage collection. It would seem that at least every other day I’m pining for a pair of goofy green chairs from the 70’s, an industrial metal desk or an old fancy tray from some dead casino.

So the combination of two great things will be coming together on Saturday, March 16th for “The Dead Cats of Civilization” show. Probably a reference to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, which I’d love to read and decipher for you, but I’m going to assume after reading the passage, that its going to be a dark and deadly show typical of the Phantom Hand collective. This time around I vow to come home with some more prints. These walls are looking bare and the one lonely Alex Ekman-Lawn print I have stares at me incessantly. (Thanks Alex!).

When the Phantom Hand Gallery closed its doors I was afraid I’d never see the likes of it again, so it’s great to know the good guys win sometimes, and that a great thing is coming back. Check out my previous posts for some Phantom artist profiles and show write-ups!

Phantom Hand at Jinxed
The Piazza at Schmitds
1050 North Hancock Street
Northern Liberties // Philadelphia, PA

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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Masthead Print Studio; Everything In Excess

Masthead Print Studio is a print shop and gallery on 340 Brown Street in Northern Liberties. Founded by owner and artist Shawn Hileman. From March 3rd to the 21st they are having a “vice” themed show. At the opening on the 3rd there were people and prints and the primary vice of most of the people there, cheap beer. “The show is about vices” says Shawn Hileman, creator of the “Whiskey is my water” prints. ” We wanted to get all kinds of artists together. I wanted fine arts painters and different types of artists saying I like this and I like that. Diversity was big for me”The show featured many near intervention level subject matter, but mostly the typical bad habits and pitfalls of a typical person. Maybe those are not so different.

The show featured a huge wheat paste from Mike Smith, the co founder of the street art

NOM NOW

Mike Smith- NOM NOW

movement NOM NOW. It was nice to see in a show as I’ve had them creep into my head from all the times I’ve seen them on the street. He also created a iPhone background. There are other shows on the horizon for Masthead. Including Heather Gargon and Jeffro Kilpatrick shows.

Check out some of the sights

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