Category: Mural

Mail Pouch Tobacco Ghost Ad – Ford City, Pennsylvania

Mail Pouch Tobacco Ghost Ad – Ford City, Pennsylvania

mail pouch tobacco mural - ford city, pennsylvania
Ford City, Pennsylvania

This restored Mail Pouch Tobacco wall ad in Ford City, Pennsylvania sure is a looker. Clearly a lot of love and care went in to making it vibrant once again. There is so much detail on the packaging – it’s just lovely.

It warms my heart to see projects that commit to caring for such local landmarks, particularly in times and places where money is tight. Without a doubt there are many people who might counter and say that money could be better spent elsewhere. And maybe they’re right. I don’t know. Quality of life does have some variables beyond the survival basics.

My point of view is colored by being a stranger to these communities. But I suspect that there are generations of people for whom this type of image will be weaved throughout their memories even if unwittingly. In my opinion, it is this type of visual energy that adds a pinch of spice to the unique flavor of a neighborhood. They become a touchstone.

The place in which I live is the land of homogenization. And while it is very “nice” and keeps property values high, there is a grave boringness attached to it. One of the key missing ingredients is largely nostalgia. Strip mall, mcmansion, chain store, strip mall, mcmansion, chain store; repeat ad nauseum. We live in the prettiest ugly neighborhoods. And I bought into this ideal wholeheartedly.

My road trips largely center around seeing Americana such as this Mail Pouch sign. What doesn’t get captured in any of the photographs that document my stops, is a sense of longing that I don’t quite understand, which draws me to such places. I find it challenging to articulate what this search is. It is a strange marriage of melancholy and joy.

Visit the Mail Pouch Tobacco Sign in Ford City, Pennsylvania

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OG Slick in the Home of the Smiley Face – Worcester, Massachusetts

OG Slick in the Home of the Smiley Face – Worcester, Massachusetts

OG Slick Smiley Face Mural Worcester Massachusetts
Have a Rice Day 2018 – OG Slick

Worcester, Massachusetts is a city which has jumped in with both feet when it comes to public murals and art. Under the stewardship of the POW! WOW! Worcester program, dozens of murals grace the walls of the city.

This mural ‘Have a Rice Day’ was painted in 2018 by artist OG Slick and tips it’s hat to the city itself which boast being the home of the smiley face since the early 1960’s. Created by Harvey Ball, the enduring smiley icon began it’s life in Worcester.

While the smiley face icon seems permanently etched into the collective consciousness, this mural may not have the same lifespan. Though they may hang around for years, POW! WOW! Worcester does not suggest that any of the art pieces are “permanent.” In other words – don’t put off seeing the cool stuff. Life, art, beauty… it’s all fleeting. Enjoy it now. Maybe grab yourself a hot dog at George’s Coney Island Lunch and go see the sights 🙂

Visit OG Slick’s Mural

261 Main St.
Worcester MA 01608

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Smiley Notes

  • https://www.worcesterhistory.org/sidebar-exhibitions/smiley-face/
  • https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/who-really-invented-the-smiley-face-2058483/
Cincinnati Toy Heritage Mural – Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati Toy Heritage Mural – Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati Toy Heritage Mural - Cincinnati, Ohio

As I stood looking at the Cincinnati Toy Heritage mural, a sing-songy flow of words stumbled drunkenly out through the creaking saloon doors of memory dedicated to the 1980’s.

“I’m the Peculiar Purple Pieman from Porcupine Peak.”

Uh, what?

“Peculiar Purple Pieman.”

Yes, I heard you. I don’t know what that is.

“Of Porcupine Peak.”

OMG. Seriously?

“Peculiar Purple Pieman.”

You’re an asshole.

Sometimes those dusty remembrances can be rather nagging, particularly about very important things. You know, like the Strawberry Shortcake? The character, not the dessert.

It’s been 40 years since I’ve contemplated the Peculiar Purple Pieman, if I ever in fact contemplated him at all. But, there he was front and center, feeding a dinosaur a pie on that mural and rat-a-tat-a-tating his way through my childhood memories. My sudden awareness of him hit me in the face like a cartoon frying pan, surprising even me.

My childhood best friend had a Strawberry Shortcake character doll and I can remember huffing the delicious plasticky fruit scent with all of the imagination and wonder of an 8 year. Scrumptious.

Cincinnati Toy Heritage Mural - Cincinnati, Ohio

Aside from simply being a beautifully painted mural tribute to toy manufacturer Kenner, this work is a walk down memory lane. Kenner and it’s toy commercials punctuated so much of my childhood. The brand was so intertwined with pop culture happenings throughout the 80’s that even saying its name brings a wave of nostalgia that is hard to qualify.

If you happen to be in the Cincinnati area, this particular artwork is not to be missed.

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Visit the Cincinnati Toy Heritage Mural

23 W Court St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Long Island Motorcycle Ride Photo Inspiration: Phetus88 Mural

Long Island Motorcycle Ride Photo Inspiration: Phetus88 Mural

Now that I’ve been a Long Islander for just about 20 years, I find that it can be challenging to keep the local Long Island motorcycle ride excitement fires stoked.

Having ridden motorcycles in many different states, and places like the Alps, the American West, the mountains of the south, what I have found over time is that “fun” is all about mindset.

So, when I don’t leave Long Island for a day ride on my motorcycle, it is common for me to go out and do a bit of local exploring. I seek out things like interesting roadside attractions, historical points, or photogenic views.

With this frame of mind, the old adage it’s not the destination, it’s the journey is turned on its head. The ride becomes about the destination. Sure, the ride itself is enjoyable, it is riding after all, but the big payoff is often what’s waiting for me at my planned stop.

Long Island Motorcycle Ride – Photo Inspo

While not typically known for its street art or murals to the same degree as our 5 borough neighbors, Long Island does have some excellent pieces.

In my local travels around the Island over the last few months I’ve been seeking out inspiring works both for myself to enjoy, and with the hope of sharing them.

This collection of photos is of a mural found in the town of Huntington by Long Island artist Phetus88. His monsterous expressionism is such an explosion of color and character you simply can’t tear your eyes away from it.

The first time I saw this wall, my eyes lit up. I just love it!

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long island motorcycle ride inspiration: phetus88 mural on the back of the huntington arts council building
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Visit this Phetus88 Mural in Huntington, NY

If you’d like to visit this awesome Phetus88 mural yourself, it is located on the back side of the Huntington Arts Council building. You won’t be disappointed!

Huntington Arts Council
213 Main St
Huntington, NY 11743
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Ride to Eat: Tuesday Night Supper Club – Burgerology

Ride to Eat: Tuesday Night Supper Club – Burgerology

Burgerology – My Favorite Degree!

On Tuesday nights, I try to meet up with friends to get out and get some air on the bikes. This usually involves a little riding, a little eating, lots of laughing and shit-talking. Burgerology in Huntington was a perfect fit.

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Here on Long Island, we have tons of places that now offer outside dining. It’s unfortunate that it took a pandemic to push us in this direction, but I’m happy we’re here. We’ve been sorely lacking a thriving outdoor cafe culture for far too long.

Burgerology now offers sidewalk seating!

burgerology huntington new york

Now, I’m not usually one for posting food photos (donuts don’t count) but this mac & cheese bacon burger on a pretzel bun with truffle fries was really good and I thought you should know about it 🙂

burgerology mac and cheese burger huntington new york

The burger was so good in fact, that when I spotted it on the menu and said so out loud, someone immediately copied me and ordered the same thing.

As is my right by the ancient laws of restaurant dining, I made sure to tell the waiter that I saw it first and that I was indeed being copied. The waiter, caring deeply with every fiber in his soul, looked at me sympathetically. Or, it might have been the look of who gives a shit? It was dark out.

baby yoda mural in huntington new york

As if the Mac & Cheese burger weren’t enough of a reason to hit this place up ~ on the back-side of the Burgerology building, there is a knockout mural painted by Andaluz the Artist, featuring Baby Yoda holding a cheeseburger. Does it get any better than this?

Amazing food, great artwork and a ride on your motorcycle? A win all the way around!

baby yoda burgerology yamaha fz07 in huntington

Not only did my order get copied, but this guy cockblocked my photo opportunity! Man, with friends like this… 😀