Tags Removed From Fishtown Shepard Fairey Mural

On Monday I shared some snapshots that showed the new Shepard Fairey mural in Fishtown tagged with white spray paint. Graffiti artists appeared to have climbed the scaffolding that was left on the building, unleashing their spray cans at nearly every tier.

Today I’m happy to report that the mural—called Lotus Diamond—has been restored. Mural Arts posted this Instagram of the freshly cleaned work with the caption, “Good news everyone! Our team was out today and repaired the @obeygiant on Frankford Ave. It looks good as new (which it practically is).”

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New Shepard Fairey Fishtown Mural Tagged

Philadelphia Redditors picked up on a few Instagrams that show the new Shepard Fairey mural in Fishtown tagged with white spray paint. For some reason Shepard—who did the mural in conjunction with Mural Arts—left scaffolding next to the mural, creating an easy opportunity for someone to climb up and tag it. In this instance, it looks like someone—or multiple people—went up to each level. Mural Arts’ Executive Director Jane Golden released a short statement, which was shared on Twitter:

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Experiencing the Heights of Soup at Stock

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Brian Freedman sings the praises of Stock, the Vietnamese cafe on Girard Avenue in Fishtown.

Beef pho tastes as deep as some sort of soupy Mariana Trench, the liquid exquisitely, exuberantly rich in character. Mushroom pho is built on a stunning umami-rich broth. Both of them, with a generous scattering of herbs and their perfectly cooked rice noodles, are large enough to share but good enough that you won’t want to. 

There’s way more to Stock than simple broth [Philadelphia Weekly]
Stock [Foobooz]

Here’s What the Shepard Fairey Mural in Fishtown Looks Like Today

Artist Shepard Fairey has begun working on his new mural that’s going up this week on a building at 1228 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown.

The mural, called Lotus Diamond and done in conjunction with Mural Arts, is scheduled to be done by this Friday, August 8th. Here, we’re keeping track of the progress till then:

UPDATE [8/7/2014, 9:34 a.m.]: Mural Arts and Shepard Fairey Instagrammed the following two pics at the end of day two of the Fishtown project. The mural looks gorgeous. According to Fairey, it should be finished today, Thursday, August 7th.

Fairey studies his print that will inspire the mural.

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Whiskey and BBQ Dinner at Fette Sau

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On Tuesday, August 5th, Fette Sau is hosting a Whiskey and BBQ Dinner. The event, which starts at 6 p.m., will feature whiskey pairings from Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey and chef Jason Goodman’s family-style, never-before-seen menu items. Though a menu hasn’t been released, we do know that most of the 9 dishes will imitate Pennsylvania classics, like “Duck and Kraut.”

And as you stuff your face, keep an eye out for Dad’s Hat founder Herman Mihalich and co-founder John Cooper.  They’ll be walking around to give some guidance on the whiskey pairings, which will include three cocktails and one neat pour.

Tickets are limited and cost $60 per person, not including tax and gratuity. To reserve your spot, make reservations by calling 215-391-4888 or by visiting the restaurant.

Fette Sau [Foobooz]

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