Street Artist WRDSMTH Drops New Typewriter Stencils in Fishtown and Kensington

L.A.-based street artist WRDSMTH was in Philadelphia yesterday, where he left behind a couple of his iconic typewriter stencils in Fishtown and Kensington.

The works range in size, and carry different messages that sort of recall Steve Powers’ feel-good Love Letter murals in West Philly. One six-foot tall work on West Master Street in Kensington reads, “The only lie I ever told you is that I liked you when I already knew I loved you.”

Photo by Conrad Benner via Streets Dept.

Photo by Conrad Benner via Streets Dept.

Another smaller one reads, “Truth told, the odds are not in your favor. But that’s what will make it such a great story.”

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ThinkFest Preview: Meet Three Millennials Chronicling Today’s Philly

Conrad Benner, Emma Fried-Cassorla (photo by Claudia Gavin) and Cory J. Popp

Conrad Benner (photo by Peter Murray), Emma Fried-Cassorla (photo by Claudia Gavin) and Cory J. Popp

You’ve likely scanned one of their blog posts, liked one of their Instagrams or drooled over one of their gorgeous videos, but this year’s ThinkFest will offer attendees a chance to meet face-to-face the folks we’ve come to know as “Philly Love Notes,” “Streets Dept.” and Cory J. Popp.

The creators behind these sites, Emma Fried-Cassorla, Conrad Benner and Cory J. Popp, respectively, will speak about their work to chronicle our ever-progressing city in a panel called “Philly’s Digital Storytellers: Impact and Engagement For a New Generation.”

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Headlines: Queen of Jeans Sign Hung on East Passyunk

Yooooo! Coming summer 2015 y’all!! The Queen of Jeans!!! WUT WUT! Happy Sunday everybody! Pimp! @kidhazo

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The building that used to house the King of Jeans is officially down, but that doesn’t mean its spirit is gone. On Sunday, Philly artists Kid Hazo (giant PPA ticket, PAFA poop emoji and many more) and South Fellini gave a new twist to an East Passyunk icon, installing a sign to the fence of the development site at 1843 East Passyunk Avenue that reads “Queen of Jeans Coming Summer 2015.” Needless to say, it was a big hit on social media.

As Conrad Benner of Streets Dept. asked on Instagram, “Isn’t it about time a woman ruled the Denim Empire?” To which we respond with a resounding yes! You can check out more pics of the sign here. A new 5-story building will soon rise and house 3,000-square-feet of retail space, a floor of office space and 12 apartments, according to the Passyunk Post.

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PHOTOS: Street Artist Turns Part of the PAFA Paint Torch Sculpture Into a Poop Emoji

Best local April Fool’s joke yet? Street artist Kid Hazo has attached two big eyes and a mouth to the drop of paint that’s part of the gigantic Paint Torch sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and it kind of looks just like the poop emoji.

It’s not, though, at least I don’t think it is. He calls it I, and the materials are made and put together with of 1/2″ foamboard and M3 double-sided tape.

It’s showing with a limited run at PAFA—until, as Streets Dept. points out, a security guard or passerby decides to take it down.

See more photos at Streets Dept.

Streets Commissioner David Perri Explains Sunday’s Ice Disaster


On Sunday morning, thousands of folks in the Philadelphia region got in their cars, unaware that the roads were about to turn into sheets of ice. We got City of Philadelphia Streets Commissioner David Perri on the phone to get his take on what happened.

Was Sunday one of your more nightmarish days on the job?
Nothing strikes fear in the hearts of highway departments more than an ice storm. They are the most difficult storms to fight. They are so difficult to predict. The weather conditions really have to be, kind of like a perfect storm of conditions for freezing rain to develop.

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WATCH: Tracy Levesque Explores Abandoned Buildings In the Second Episode of “Wastelands”

Last month we told you about local filmmaker Cory Popp’s latest project, a video series called “Wastelands” that follows urban explorers into Philly’s most forgotten, derelict locales. The first episode profiled street photographer Conrad Brenner of Streets Dept, who finds inspiration and beauty in the city’s unlikeliest places.

The second episode of “Wastelands” follows Tracy Levesque, co-owner of web-design firm YIKES Inc., as she explores abandoned buildings and photographs their decaying structures. Check it out above.

WASTELANDS: New Video Series Follows Urban Explorers Into the Depths of Philly


Earlier this week I shared a video made by local filmographer Cory Popp. It captures collector Betsy Alexander’s home in Fitler Square, which she has turned into a veritable toy and art museum with trinkets she’s been amassing since she was a tot.

I was pretty taken with the short film, so I chatted with Popp to find out what he’s up to next. Coincidentally, he has a new four-part film series debuting next week. “Wastelands” follows Philly urban explorers like Streets Dept‘s Conrad Brenner and Ruin Porn‘s Tracy Levesque as they traverse into the depths of Philadelphia to document some of our forgotten—often fascinating–landscapes.

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Ishknits Puts Some Clothes On That Weird Freedom Sculpture at 16th and Vine

This wins the day: Streets Dept. has snaps of Philly street artist Ishknits’ latest installation. This time she’s knitted an outfit on Zenos Frudakis’s Freedom sculpture at the old Glaxo-Smith Kline building at 16th and Vine. Now, instead of simply running out of a wall, it looks like it’s running for joy from an amazing sale at American Apparel.

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