Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Art and Hot Dogs at Hobbs in Swathmore

Art and hot dogs! This friday at Hobbs Cafe in Swarthmore. I'll be showing a bunch of hot dog and food paintings from the archives - pretty much everything that hasn't been sold, or isn't already on the walls at Hot Diggity. 

Along with the art Hobbs is doing a special Hot Dog Menu featuring franks from Karl Ehmer and Kocher's in New Jersey - serious, serious hot dog dogs, considered the best in the country by the hot dog elite. Check out the menu below: 

Bill’s BBQ
-Pulled pork, canables bbq & corn salad

Karl Ehmer
-The original Ehmer Saitenwurst unadulterated

The Class Act
-Duck dog wrapped in spec with smoked tomato marmalade & pear mostarda

Japan Four
-on an okonomiyaki roll with kewpie mayo & Japanese BBQ sauce

-Wit’ extra sharp provolone, rabe and long hot relish on a Sarcones roll

Dirty South
-chili, jicama slaw and bacon

-Butterflied dog, tomato gravy, mustard butter, confit potatoes, cheese, and an egg

Chi City
- tomato, onion, double kosher pickle, sweet relish, pickled pepper, celery salt.

Friday, Feb 1st 6:30pm
1 park Ave, Swarthmore, PA

Monday, January 28, 2013

Prohibition Portraits for Art In The Age

Smedley Butler was an ex-marine war hero hired to lead the charge against bootleggers in Philly. His methods included mowing down rum-runners in the streets with sawed off shotguns and raiding the Union League. He was fired in less than a year. Sort of brings to mind Nelson Van Alden of Boardwalk Empire.

Also included are portraits of Benjamin Rush, a Philadelphia doctor considered to be the "grandfather of the temperance movement", and Jewish gangster Max "Boo Boo" Hoff, boxing promoter and "king of the bootleggers". 

These will be on display along with all sorts of other Philly bootlegging memorabilia at Art In The Age of Prohibition, opening this friday in collaboration with the National Constitution Center's Prohibition Exhibit.

Art in the Age of Prohibition
January 22-February 24, Opening Reception, Friday, February 1, 6-8 p.m.
Art in the Age, 116 N. 3rd Street

Monday, January 14, 2013

Fry Bread Taco Print Pre-Sale

Available Now! Limited edition Navajo Fry Bread Taco prints. These are gallery quality 11x14 giclees printed by the fine folks at Silicon Fine Art Prints here in Philadelphia. Pre-order today and pick up at next week's Shiprock Fry Bread Taco Pop-Up dinner for the discounted price of $25. Outside of Philly? The offer is also good this week ONLY, $31 including shipping. After that they'll go up to my normal price.

Shipping Options

What the hell is a Fry Bread Taco, you ask?? It's a roadside / street food popular in Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado found at state fairs, trailers on Navajo reservations, and sit down restaurants. Sort of an awesome fusion of Navajo, Mexican, and state fair Tex-Mex cuisine, rarely (if ever) found in this part of the country.

Every Navajo taco starts with a base of fried dough, most commonly topped with chili beans, shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and fresh salsas. Many variations exist ranging from stewed mutton to vegetarian and dessert styles.

What the hell is Shiprock Pop-Up? It's a team effort between Marcos Espinoza (aka Fidel Gastro, founder of Side Project Jerky) whose family owns Navajo Hogan, a real-deal Fry Bread Taco place in Utah; Lucio Palazzo, chef of La Calaca Feliz, and Hawk Krall (me).

Lucio's Chicken Ropa Vieja
Marcos "Flapping" The Dough

The Pop-Up is next monday, January 21st, 9pm at 12 Steps Down in the 9th street market area. 3 different tacos plus a dessert fry bread will be available, First come first serve, no reservations or tickets just show up and eat 1 or 5 tacos. Along with the three of us Marcos's Mother will be in the kitchen making sure our tacos live up to the authentic Utah standard.

I'm sort of biased but I have to say these things are freaking delicious. The perfect mix of authentic and crazy desert drunk food - really exactly what we're going for rather than anything "re-imagined". The only thing you might call "elevated" are Lucio's mind blowingly delicious chili beans and braised meats. Pop-up goes until midnight or until we run out, whichever comes first.

Shiprock Pop-Up
Mon, Jan 21st 9pm - ?
12 Steps Down
831 Christian St (9th & Christian)

Friday, January 4, 2013

South Street

Custom neighborhood drawing of South Street for Keith over at Hot Diggity. Pretty current representation of South Street, I'd really love to do more from different eras...  to be honest I probably didn't step foot on south street for 5 years before Hot Diggity and Brauhaus were there.. but it's a fascinating part of the city with so many layers of artsy hippy / punk / touristy / ghetto / hot dog / drunk bros at fat tuesdays  history that more of these drawings definitely need to happen.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

T-Shirt for Delaney BBQ in Brooklyn

Recently finished this T-shirt design for Delaney BBQ in Brooklyn, AKA Briskettown. I've worked with Dan Delaney before at VendrTV, and it's awesome to see him going from video blogger to hardcore brisket perfectionist. Need to get up there and try some real soon.

Limited to a run of 500 shirts, you can pick them up at the restaurant, or online for $30 a pop.
359 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Fantasy Philadelphia Neighborhoods for Next American City

Series of three Illos for Next American City, imagining the future of several changing Philadelphia neighborhoods - East Passyunk, Frankford Ave and University City.

As someone who passionately disagrees with the popular "tear down the old, put in Steven Starr restaurants and Starbucks" model of urban renewal I was glad to have some leeway to leave in the amazing East Passyunk "King Of Jeans" sign (interesting article about the history of that thing here: Passyunk Sign of Ridiculous Charm May Be Lost) and some crust punks in the background of the University City piece.

I've never worked like this over photographs before and was definitely worried it would be a mess, but overall I'm happy with how they turned out, my only regret really is not being able to put in 10,000 more details. Much thanks to art director Anthony Smyrski for an awesome gig. 

Preview the article here, and you can buy it for a couple dollars-