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Philly is the new Black

Written by Yasha Wallin   
Thursday, 27 April 2006 05:15
Spent a day in Philly gallery hopping and searching for a late night cheesesteak.

Track bikes line the streets of Philly and beards are the new black. The origins of white boys wearing gold fronts (hot) can be traced to the city, and there is no shortage of bandana wearing. The debate continues as to whether Philadelphia is the Sixth Borough, but I found more similarities to San Francisco, only with a closer proximity to New York and a little more 'Yo'. But who am I to dissect the city that laid Benjamin Franklin to rest and put cream cheese on the map - I was there for less than 24 hours.

Philadelphia's art scene is so cozy and community based it temporarily restored my faith as to why I got into this 'profession' in the first place. Our visit started out as a mission to see our friend's exhibit at 222 Gallery and to visit their gallery Black Floor where Swoon is currently showing. Our gallery guide was Jamie who helps run Black Floor and who gave us the royal treatment.

Swoon at Black Floor

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Space 1026 with the psychadelic madness of Psychic Friends Network

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Jamie

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Jamie and Liane

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222 Gallery: Themescapes - Paul Coors, Jamie Dillon and Nick Paparone

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(stenciled cardboard)

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Oil stain carpets

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After the art extravaganza, it was off to "Making Time" a party where our friends The Favourite Sons were playing. Guys danced (not to be seen in New York ever), revelers took their shirts off and champagne was passed around, they don't hold back in this town.

Favourite Sons

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Ken rips

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Justin does too

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Liane was feeling it

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party-goers. Never let anyone see your face if you man dance

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woah. all of a sudden it was mahem.

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This is too much for my virgin eyes.

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Obviously, so is this.

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Sam and Liane

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Dan, Victoria and Liane

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Matt and Victorious

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Liane doing the Puerto Rican pose

At 4am, our time in Philly was running out, but we still hadn't had a cheesesteak, so it was off to Geno's.

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This guy was there, I think he's a Gotti, but can't say for sure

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They really sell Freedom Fries in this part of the country....

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Yikes

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