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Sunday, March 18, 2012

1st Draft: Infinity on South Street

It's nowhere close to being done. Dear readers, I need your help. How does the essay sound so far? Should I describe more the people that own Infinity? Should I talk about how they obliged to get pictures for my blog? How about the whole conversations? Let me post what I have so far. It'll be in yellow and be in the font called Georgia. Any comments are appreciated!

Stepping out into the light of day from the long El ride from 69th Street to 5th Street, I begin my tour of the historical district of Philadelphia. The cobblestone streets, the colonial houses, and horse drawn carriages quickly turn to concrete streets, row homes and the noisy, steel cars that zip past the horses. In this hustle and bustle, 5th Street quickly turns to 4th Street—the center of South Street.

A quick history of South Street reveals that in the 1960s and 1970s, South Street was filled with clubs and bars that fostered a live local music community. It was not uncommon for South Philadelphians to "bar-hop" across the clubs, listening to live bands along the way. This community of fans helped attract recording contracts for many artists, including Kenn Kweder, the "bard of South Street" and George Thorogood.

It is in this history that South Street has the reputation of promoting the alternative lifestyle—punks, metal heads, and other “bad asses” frequent here although South Street is one of the largest tourist attractions in Philadelphia. It is in this aura that pulls people into the eclectic shops and restaurants. There have been many songs written about South Street such as a band by the name of Fear 1982 song "I Don't Care About You", which name-checks the neighborhoods associated with the punk movement in the United States in the early 1980s, begins with the line, "I'm from South Street Philadelphia." A 1988 song, “Punk Rock Girl,” by the Dead Milkmen makes reference to Zipperhead, a store that sells punk and other alternative clothes. Zipperhead is now called Crash Bang Boom which has been relocated since.

I personally love South Street and have since I was thirteen when my parents took me after watching “Cats.” At thirteen South Street was all about exploring the myriad of CD shops to look for that Good Charlotte or Casualties or Kittie or Murderdolls CD (which always proved successful when the store clerks with pink or purple hair would help and make suggestions). At 22, it is all about experiencing the bar and hookah cafĂ© atmosphere and getting pierced.

Located on 626 South 4th Street, Infinity Piercing Inc. is one of the best piercing shops in Philadelphia. Follow Association for Professional Piercers (APP) guidelines, the employees are both fun and professional. 

The tragus (outer ear) and Rook (inner) are the two piercings I had done at Infinity.


  1. Okay so far. Caught a couple of grammatical glitches; if you send it to me as a Word.doc attachment, I will correct them for you.


    Love and blessings,

    Dr. Ni

  2. Agree with Dr. Ni above, it seems okay. I don't have any improvements to offer at this time since Dr. Ni has said she would make some for you.

    1. Thanks Andrew. :) Today I am going to finish the rest. Once I finish, I will post along with pictures.

  3. A good start. Sounds like it will be interesting.

  4. I'm thinking of going back to South Street on April 7th to explore a bit more and maybe write a few pieces on South Street in general and incorporate the piercing piece into a larger collection.