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.