Boston has a little secret. Well, until it became a very well-known and respected secret. Oliver Mak, Jay Gordon, and Dan Natola founded Bodega as a haven for sneaker freaks and streetwear aficionados. But what's so secret about Bodega?
It's hidden behind a Snapple vending machine in the back of a storefront selling laundry detergent, slightly expired food, and other neighborhood necessities.
Bodega's storefront, complete with Snapple vending machine door
What's hidden behind that secret door
Two years ago the trio opened up the Fourthwall Project right behind Fenway Park as a venue for showcasing local and international artists. The exhibit "Human Powered Works" opened last Friday with a DJ spinning and the free Pabst Blue Ribbon flowing. "Human Powered Works" featured artists from diverse backgrounds, including a MIT Media Lab shop worker, a vinyl toy maker and muralist, and a bicycle street gang member.
We loved Marka27's intricately screen-printed skateboard decks, as well as the bicycle disco ball creation from Skunk, a member of S.C.U.L.
Tom Lutz, who moonlights by day in a prototyping shop at MIT, was a crowd favorite with his wood map of Jamaica Pond and his wearable folding chair. (Holla.)
BMX frame with Sharpie typography from Chris Piascik
Decks from Alphabet Arm Design, whom we recently featured
Paintings from 9&saintvitus
Nineta's mannequin leg
Metal creations from Skunk
Mural contribution from Alphabet Soup
Deck from Marka27
Mural contributions from Martha O'Connell and Nineta
Decks from Stephanie Yara Berlic and co-presenter Silver Oris
Tom Lutz's wood map of Jamaica Plain
Decks from James Buford created with Sumi Ink
Decks from co-presenter Silver Oris
Artist Marka27 with one of his Mini God Speakers
Bodega and Fourthwall Co-founder Oliver Mak. The Fourthwall Project will feature international sensation Kostas Seremetis in their September show.
Dave Seliger is a Postgrad Fellow in Logistics and Ext Affairs at the NYC Office of Emergency Management. He has extensive experience helping firefighters, police officers, and disaster responders improve their services through design.