Saturday, February 18, 2017

Russia and Trump

You decide

I'm beginning to wonder if Trump's comments about Russia will help increase the demonization of Russia. Mr Trump is not telling the whole truth about his financial interaction with Russia.
Mr Trump might turn out to be the most "fact checked" president in modern history.

pov by roman blazic 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Rocket Cat Cafe

From then to now.

Rocket Cat Cafe opened it's door in 2003. The interior was pleasing to the eye while enjoying delicious vegan and non-vegan foods, a cool atmosphere and locally roasted, organic coffee. Food was made to order and enjoyed on the outdoor patio or on a comfy couch or table.*
 The cafe exhibited the art of aspiring artist that covered the interior walls on First Friday's.  It's exterior wall, fence and garage were covered with murals and smaller paintings. This was a continuation of the outsider art on the garage long before they opened.
It didn't take long for the cafe to be embraced by the new influx of artist, young adults and discriminating coffee drinkers. It was the only quiet place where you could find food and beverage around the area. This quickly evolved into loyal customers.
Shepard Fairey came to Philly on April 23, 2010 and applied art to the side of the coffee shop building: "Revolution Girl." His work lasted while gradually fading and tagged until in 2013 when it was spray painted over with graffiti. Efforts were unsuccessful to save and restore it.
Another contemporary American street artist, Swoon, completed her installment of "Sonia" in October of 2015. This was pasted over the outline remnants of Fairey's mural.
Rocket Cat Cafe had it's own comfortable atmosphere and mounting problems. It was a private space for whoever needed some in a public place. It was a place for meeting people and hanging out in a building that had slowly deteriorated.

All of this as  it maintained a certain artistic spirit characteristic that's been fading out in Fishtown as high priced gentrification continues to roll in. It was the last bastion of free flowing new and outsider art in Fishtown. It will be missed.

 Rocket cat photos above and below
 The last original outsider art work
Below: newer work by La Josh. The Columbia Ave I-95 underpass once was filled by his art.

 Below: Swoon finishing "Sonia."

 Below: a faded mural and memory of Pocahontas  

words and pictures by roman blazic_all rights reserved
two photos from rocket cat as noted

Monday, February 6, 2017


Corvair Monza 110

This is a 1965 or later new style design Corvair Monza 110. (110 hp)  The style change greatly helped increase the number of this model sold. It was good to see one parked in the neighborhood. The father said, "You want it." "Take it." "It's my son's car." It's his project." He also said he wasn't sure what year the car was. Maybe you know?
The Corvair was produced from 1960 to 1969. It was the only American car mass produced with a rear-mounted and air-cooled engine. This car fit right in the new import market of smaller European cars that were economical and sporty. I still like the Karmann Ghia.
The Corvair, in 1962,  introduced the Monza Spyder with a turbocharged 150 hp engine. It was dubbed the "poor man's Porsche." The 1965 Corvair Corsa came with a turbocharged 140 hp engine. The Corsa came standard with an instrument panel featuring a 140 mph (230 km/h) speedometer with resettable trip odometer, a 6,000 rpm tachometer, cylinder head temperature gauge, analog clock with a sweeping second hand, a manifold vacuum/pressure gauge and fuel gauge.
All of this in a light body. Is it any wonder the Chevrolet Camaro was its successor.

words and pictures by roman blazic_all rights reserved

Monday, January 30, 2017

Trump's Travel Ban

Immigration Games

We're caught up in Trump's dog and pony show. It certainly is a show that has backfired. Immigration procedures established after 9/11 are very stringent and the list of nations was established by the Obama administration.
Trump just rebranded the measures from "stringent" to "extreme." It will strengthen his position with his base voters. It, however, will create even more confusion of what America's policy is and has been.
Yes. It backfired because now more people have a clearer understanding that the over all American foreign policy is in opposition to what we believe our nations values are put forth in action.

So remember this when you hear people call out that we're a democracy, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and concentrate on "to the Republic." This will explain much as to how the outrage comes about.  

pov by roman blazic_all rights reserved

Friday, January 27, 2017

Shopping in Fishtown

Head Games

Head Games is located at 5 W Girard Avenue between Frankford Ave and Front St. The shop opened on June of 2015 by it's owner Brad Bernstein. I did a double take when recently passing by. The display seen through the window caught my photographer eye. I had to stop in and see things for myself.
Head Games has an attractive display throughout the store. I describe it as an artist boutique. My camera came out and started taking pictures with permission,
The store manager, Nicole Tossa, describes the shop as a venue for local artists of all kinds. We are proud to host paintings, glass art, jewelry, apparel, and other mediums created by some of Philadelphia's most talented artisans. While we do carry some higher end pieces, we pride ourselves on providing art made locally at an affordable price. 
Nicole is a perfect choice for the store as she is a joy to talk too and very informative. I've seen her in action with customers and repeat customers. She is comfortable with herself which extends in making the customers comfortable.
Here's a look inside.

 Follow the yellow brick road.

 Ask Nicole about the story behind this figure

 Stop in and say hello to Nicole

all photos by roman blazic
words both by nicole and roman blacic_all rights reserved

Friday, January 20, 2017

Enjoy It

That's it.

While you can..
...before it's gone.

words and pictures by roman blazic_all rights reserved