Making my own stuff.

This photo popped up in my Instagram earlier this week, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. A full time job and various freelance gigs has really taken a toll on my personal creative projects, but I’m ready to start investing in me. Don’t get it twisted, I definitely see the value in contributing to other people’s “stuff,” but when all is said and done, I’d rather be putting that effort into something I’m solely responsible for. Having the complete freedom to write, paint, build, dream, mend and create my own stuff is a privilege I’m refusing to take for granted from here on out.

Image: The Cider Cellar

Steve Powers has Magic Powers

Last weekend, I traveled to Philadelphia for a friend’s wedding. Besides tackling the obvious Philly sights (read carbs, carbs, and more carbs!), I knew my most important mission was to make it to West Philadelphia to see the A Love Letter For You project. Commissioned by the Mural Arts Program, Steve Powers and his crew created over 50 murals that can be seen while traveling on the Market-Frankford Elevated line. Read in order, they tell a love story to the city.

My admiration for Steve Powers started about two years ago when I pinned this mural to my inspiration board. After learning more about his awesome publicly sponsored arts project, I read up on Steve’s other pieces around New York, and swooned even harder. Then, last month I finally gave in to my Netflix recommendations and watched Beautiful Losers, only to happily discover that Mr. Powers (aka ESPO) was one of the documentary’s featured artists. It was meant to be!

After a weekend of eating too much and an epic wedding celebration, I finally worked my way over to the Fresh Prince’s OG hood and began my journey up Market Street. Visiting West Philly was unreal. These absolutely stunning murals contrasted with the desolate and dismal neighborhood scenery, and friendly smiles from locals were few and far between. However, I’ve always believed that “everything you want is just outside your comfort zone,” so I’m happy I explored and captured these moments along the way. By far my favorite Philly memory.

A Love Letter For You book sold here.

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