Ben Leuner (photographer),
Carrie Estok (writer)
Olde City Tattoo
44 S. Second St.
Artists: Jason Goldberg, Steve Tiberi, The Gus, Josh Hoffman, Martin LaCasse, John Gues
Sure, Olde City Tattoo has a street-shop vibe, but they’re really the city’s go-to guys for quality custom pieces. The shop has a staff of six artists, so you can be sure that someone will give you what you’re look ing for, whether it’s a portrait or black-and-gray piece from owner Jason Goldberg or Japanese stylings courtesy of Martin LaCasse. “This is a talented group of guys,” Goldberg says proudly. “Everyone here has been tattooing for well over 10 years so we know what we’re doing.” Indeed, the staff is a mix of formally trained artists and self-taught purists, but they’ve all come together with the shared goal of producing work they can be proud of. Make sure to take a close look at the flash that lines the walls of the shop; it was all hand-drawn by the crew of Olde City Tattoo themselves.
Eat: Gianfranco Pizza Rustica, 6 N. Third St., 215-592-0048. What this tiny storefront lacks in physical space they make up for with crispy crust, sweet sauce, and a vast selection of fresh, mouth-watering pies. The debate over the best pizza in Philly is fierce, but these guys are serious contenders for the coveted title.
Drink: The Khyber, 56 S. Second St., 215-238-5888. Just four doors south of the shop, The Khyber is Philadelphia’s historic underground music spot. With two floors, one for DJs and one for live music, it’s the place to catch a good buzz and a good show.
Spend: AKA Music, 27 N. Second St., 215-922-3855. In a digital age, it’s good to know that there are still a few stores out there where a music lover can while away the day looking through a diverse collec tion of vinyl and CDs. Even if you worship at the alter of iTunes, you’ll still enjoy scoping out new bands at the listening stations located throughout this shop.
Olde City Tattoo : http://www.oldecitytattoo.com/