ROBERT PERRY Owner of Tattooed Moms
Robert Perry owner of Tattoed Mom
We've invited some of our favorite peeps to take part in our new #BusStopLoves Series.
For our weekly series, we’ve interviewed our favorite Philadelphians...the restaurant and bar owners, art enthusiasts, small business owners, designers, collaborators, models, and creative friends who have inspired us greatly and have worked with us to tell our brand story over the last 13 years. They've each played a BIG part in our storytelling with their unique work and abilities. Every week, we will feature and introduce another one of our favorite folks to you.
Robert (Rob) Perry @tmoms is South Street's kindest & chillest small business owner, Robert owns the (in)famous must-see bar-meets-art gallery Tattoed Mom affectionately known as "TMoms" or "Moms" by locals and tourists alike, located on South Street. The spot is an institution where graffiti and street artists can freely don the walls in layers upon layers of evolving artwork while sipping a Pickletini and eating the most delicious vegan bar food.
It's also a BUS STOP Girl go-to haunt (all our after parties are there). Rob, often seen on his bicycle with a smile on his face, is a long time generous advocate and supporter of the Philly art scene! Show TMoms (and all your favorite local restaurants) some love by ordering takeout & to-go cocktails!
1. How long have you lived in Philly?
I've been in Philly since the early 90's.
2. How do you describe yourself in THREE WORDS?
Empathetic, Sociable, Loner
3. How would your best friend describe you in THREE WORDS?
Optimistic, Grateful, Altruistic.
4. How did you start your career?
Which career? I've had a few! I started doing design and production work for Silk City in their early years then through that had an opportunity to be a part of Sugar Mom's which lead me to founding TMoms.
5. Who’s your mentor?
Which mentor? I've had so many. Seriously I feel like I have so much to learn from other creators and from folks who've had different experiences from my own. They've taught me so much in so many ways through the years.
6. What do you fantasize about?
The end of this current crisis and being able to gather, celebrate and create together again.
7. What keeps you up at night?
The dangers of ignorance, greed, self centeredness, unconsciousness and facism.
8. How has the pandemic affected you?
It's allowed me to constantly reinvent, recreate and adapt, to work toward a more balanced life and to continue to be forever grateful for the incredible community that has shown us so much love for the past 23 years.
9. How has the BLM Movement influenced your life and your work?
It's been a daily reminder that there is so much work to be done to eradicate systemic racism from all facets of our culture; to listen and learn from both history and this moment; to honor, amplify and celebrate black creators, thinkers and artists.
10: What's one thing most people would be surprised to know about you?
I'm from Hawaii!
BONUS Q: What's your favorite spot in Philly?
Upstairs at TMoms has my heart forever <3
Rob we love you and hope our readers have an insight into your uniqueness & amazingness in this series. We can't wait to start having our After Parties at TMoms!