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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Locally Grown Art Spaces

Tour Adam Wallacavage's South Philadelphia brownstone and Tattooed Mom, two of Philadelphia's most distinctive and ever evolving art spaces.

Tattooed Mom and Adam Wallacavage's South Philadelphia home are two art spaces of local lore. Both have evolved over decades, each with their own unique ethos and backstory. In Adam's case, it's a space tied to his practice as a sculptor and collector. Tattooed Mom is a self-declared "un-curated and anarchistic" space housing an ever-expanding collection containing "two decades of street art, graffiti, wheat pastes, stickers, love notes, and memories." Shepard Fairey, Amberella, Stephen "Espo" Powers, Hummingbird Hope, L'Amour Supreme, Joe Boruchow, Wordsmith, and many others, including Adam Wallacavage himself, are among the artists on or within Tattooed Mom's walls.

Join us for an intimate, rare tour and peek inside Adam Wallacavage's three-story brownstone and guided tour of Tattooed Mom by owner Robert Perry and staff. We'll begin with a tour of Tattooed Mom, enjoy one of their signature cocktails and mingle before heading to Adam Wallacavage's.


  • Must be 21 years or older.
  • We'll meet at Tattooed Mom to begin the afternoon, walk 8 blocks to the Lombard-South Broad Street Line Station and take the train 2 stops to Adam Wallacavage's house. The tour will conclude at the intersection of Broad and Moore Streets. 
  • SEPTA tokens will be provided to attendees for Broad Street Line transportation.


Email John Pettit at  john.pettit@atlasobscura.com.

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