It was cold. Seriously cold. For those who don’t know, Paul and I don’t just cover “all things Philly”. We have a Photography Studio, Black, White and Raw Photography, in which we photograph everyone from models to psycho sideshow clown babes. One of the models we’ve photographed several times is Philly Pin Up Model, Nikki Doll. We had photographed Nikki in our studio, and in Laurel Hill Cemetary. But where to go on a cold day with a scantily clad pin-up? I wanted to do something a little different with Nikki. Most of the photographers who shoot her tend to go for the cheese. I understand that. Adorable pin-up girls with tattoos doing retro shoots. Bright colors, cutesy themes, it’s a win win. But one of things I love about Nikki, is her dark side. The punk kid under the pink hair. The girl who’s probably lived a life that’s not all roses and baking cookies. I wanted to make retro cool.
Enter Tattooed Mom. The local bar on South Street with a jaw dropping collection of street art. A diverse community of tattoo artists, musicians and models who get together for food, drinks and…candy. A dive bar where you can drop in and catch a group of punks drinking local brew and making Valentine’s day cards. With a kitchen that’s open till 1:30 am and a calendar that’s packed full with everything from book readings, to zombie crawls to Beard and Mustache competitions, we found the bar to be more welcoming than any venue we’ve been to in a long time.
As huge fans of graffiti, the upstairs was perfect. With it’s 2 pool tables, bright red bar and rooms covered from floor to ceiling in graffiti, our only problem was having the time to photograph our model in every nook and cranny we could find. We can’t wait to go back for a late night snack and a drink. I know we’ll be warmly welcomed, even without a half-dressed pin up model!