have been living in new york for 7 years, but i still run home to philly as much as possible. mainly because my mom has a zillion channels, but i also love how colorful the city is. my hometown is known for having more murals than residents, but on my last trip, i noticed how bright the homes are there. you know you’re in the hood in philly when you see a peach house. the block looks like hiroshima, but the pastel rowhouses bring a major charm to the area and i love it!
i’ve been the creep that always has a camera on hand my entire life, but hi-pixel camera phones and vsco has royally amplified the #creeplife. most of my philly trips consist of tv marathons and pizza fries, but i’ve been out taking tons of pictures lately. i broke into an abandoned school over the summer. i’ll be sure to share those pics one day. this go round, i attempted to get into a church before its demolition, but alas. what happens to a dream deferred? you roam around north philly looking for other cool stuff. i came across some fun murals (obviously) and random color-blocked buildings.
i was also in town for the kaws exhibit at the pennsylvania academy of fine art. kaws is showing at two galleries in nyc, but the philly exhibit makes them seem pretty underwhelming which is saying alot for 18-foot statues. besides kaws’ work being fun/funny, its juxtaposition against renaissance paintings makes for the most beautiful visual! there is a huge mickalene thomas piece that also gets that “ka-pow, i’m here!” treatment that will send your visit over the edge. to double your pafa fun, they also have a mural exhibit next door that just opened last thursday. thanks to some gracious sponsors, “behind the paint” is free on sundays. that’s exactly where i’ll be t-giving weekend.
don’t just look at my pics (click on them for full grandeur), hop on the classy yo! bus and head down to philly for a day trip. don’t leave until you stuff your face with sabrina’s cafe. mark my word!