Tattooed Mom is a South Street dive bar and home to the Philadelphia street art community. Called “Tmoms” by regulars, it is a gathering place for street artists to promote self-expression by making and swapping their own works; it’s where tagging
nearly every inch of the bar is encouraged. I will present a photo essay on
Tmoms and the diversity of people it attracts, and how it’s patrons
demonstrate their kinships and artistic sensibilities. The environment at
Tmoms offers a sense of community and belonging for street artists and their
supporters who are hailed as both social pariahs and paragons.
Tattooed Mom is located at 530 South Street in Philadelphia.
Typically around 10 p.m., the night is just getting started. People of all ages, ethnicities, and walks of life can be found congregating in the front room.
At the Friend of a Friend Street Art Mixer, artists came together to adorn blank…