Now, I don't normally do this but this election is going to be a doozie. I try to stay out of the whole "Who are you voting for" scene because I don't want some ass hat jamming politics down my esophagus. But I was approached by the #GoVote people last weekend to make something to encourage young/all voters to get out there and make their voice heard. I was futzing around with some textured fake hand done looking type (like the rest of the world is doing right now) then I decided, nah, I want to make this more interesting/comical. So this is what I came up with. A newspaper that has some quips about the debates as well as some incentives/excuses.
Yesterday was an insanely long day for me starting at around 5:45 AM, so I’m going to talk/write you through my adventurous day!
I had been scouting this spot on 11th and Chestnut for quite some time. I felt like it was screaming to have something pasted in the space. For me it’s not about getting up in every nook and crannie in the whole god damn city. It’s about being relevant and making sense in the space that it is occupying, so it takes a little longer for me to pick a spot that I feel actually makes sense. I’m not trying to be one of those dudes that brags about how many pieces they have up. But anyway, I had finally met Damon Landry after about a year of drooling over his street art photos, and he had mentioned to me that he wanted to go out sometime and document the process. I was more than pumped to have him come along, so we met up at 7 AM got this paste up and chatted a bit then went our separate ways. From there I headed directly to 30th Street Station, in which I had never been before. It was a beautiful place and unusually clean which surprised me because I mean….it’s in Philly after all. I hopped on the 8 AM train and was on my way to NYC.
I put up the original You Can Change Tomorrow on May 22nd of 2010 and it had lasted, for the most part, this whole time! I was semi-blown away that this piece stayed up for that long or at all. But in a years time people tagged on it and wrote things like Fuck My Cock, Legit, and all the other classics. I figured it was time for a revamp. So I thought about it for awhile and I thought about possibly doing a different message, I tinkered around with “Inspire the Tired” but I wasn’t feeling quite………..inspired. I decided that I would just try to update what was already there “You can change tomorrow” it’s a simple and bold personal statement. It’s just a little reminder that if you aren’t too happy with the situation you’re in, then, you’re the only one who can get yourself out of it. No one else is going to come in and save the day, especially not in these times.
So this is a dream spot for exposure and it was not easy getting here but it was so worth it. So if you are on I-95 by south or on Columbus, snap a photo, or shoot me a text. I must say that this is one of my all time favorites around the city. We put up 2 on this elevator shaft that way it can be seen from both sides. Being on that roof was something else, I don’t think that I have ever had a feeling like that before in my life, it was a mixture of nervous, excited, scared, pumped, and a million other emotions running through my head, but its up there and it feels beyond good man. I’ve been putting my everything into this whole NOMNOW thing and I just wanted to keep in mind that I couldn’t do this kinda stuff without all of the help and support that I get from everyone around. So, thank you everyone.
We posted up the FRESH last week at 52nd and Parrish and a guy pulled up and asked us to put one down at the park , so we did. Both times that we went and posted in West Philly the people were loving it. As we were putting this up the two guys in the bottom picture rolled up and asked to be in a photo in front of it and I was so pumped that they were into it. Then as we were leaving a woman on her porch complimented the poster and asked us to put one on the side of her house. After posting in areas like this and getting such good feedback it really feels like we’re doing what we are supposed to…the whole Realize, Create, Beautify, thinking really kicks in. You look at these areas before we get there and it’s just a mess; no color, no care, just bare. When we leave we look back and it feels right it feels like it was meant to be there, it was meant to put some emotion in this place.