Salmon Bay

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Seattle, WA.

U.S.N.Y.

Spent a Sunday morning at FDR skatepark in Philly and decided to drive through the old Navy Yard at the end of Broad Street. It’s not really old anymore. Developers transformed the abandoned grounds and turned it into a thriving business park with many well known corporate headquarters. Since it was Sunday, it was basically empty and we …

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SS

Kept driving around the Navy Yard in Philly trying to stay out of unmarked “no access” zones. We wanted to get as close to the ships as possible and, like clockwork, we find the “SS” right in front of an air craft carrier. It turned out to be the USS John F Kennedy christened on …

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Steam

Found this cover near 21st and South Streets. It was very old and hard to get the ink to stick. We were really excited to see the outcome thinking it was going to read “Philadelphia MEATS” until we realized our spelling was not up to par. Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Philadelphia, …

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City Elec

First night back in Chicago. It was great to be in the old neighborhood. Found this one in the middle of Lincoln Square. Original Artwork is ink on canvas.

Sanitary District

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Chicago, IL.

CWW

Lincoln Square Chicago, IL

34th Street

During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Kentucky predominantly relied on coal for heat. Using carts or wagons, workers would deliver the coal through chutes into the basements of homes and businesses. The coal would fall into a bin near the furnace ready for use. Many had shapes filled with glass allowing the light to …

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Snead

Founded in 1849, the Snead & Co. Iron Works manufactured decorative and architectural cast iron throughout Louisville and much of the region. Many buildings throughout the city boast their markings on fences, tree grates, doorways, and buildings. One of many late night google searches led me to an image with this design and at the …

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MSD

Louisville Coal Hole Cover, 3 of 3 Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Louisville, KY.

Hoe of Kentucky

Stopped in downtown Louisville to use the WiFi at Qdoba. Walked out and found this by the back door where a few employees were having a smoke break. They watched as we swept and started to ink the Kentucky blue. By the time we pulled the print and packed the car, the guys had called more …

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Bucks

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Milwaukee, WI.

Milwaukee Skyline Streetprint

M$

Original Artwork is ink on canvas.  

Speedway

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Speedway, IN.

Hoosier

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Indianapolis, IN.

Signal

First morning in Indy and ran into this. Never saw a cover with the word “traffic” on it before. Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Indianapolis, IN.

Buckeye

After a few hours of driving, decided to take a quick detour as we were in need of a major caffeine kick. Passed this one en route to a coffee shop in the Short North neighborhood. Ended up blocking an alley while inking the cover.  The coffee was great, but this was even better. Columbus, OH …

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Nation

This was done right in front of Heinz Field. No one bothered us. What a beautiful day! Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Pittsburgh, PA.

1894

Sewer cover made in 1894 found in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. “DC Sewer Dept. 1894” Washington, DC November 2014  

NP

Alexandria Water Company Alexandria, VA October 2014  

Balto FD

  “Balto Fire Dept” Baltimore, MD June 2013

The Yard

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Baltimore, MD.

B.T Co.

      Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Baltimore, MD.

Chicago Pride

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Chicago, IL.

Red Fish

Wicker Park – November, 2015 Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Chicago, IL.

NYC Sewer

“NYC Sewer” Manhattan, New York City November 2014  

Manhattan

Early on, I’d work in the cover of darkness. I’d spend days doing recon, taking photos of the covers, the cross street signs or some kind of visual reminder, and sometimes I’d even write it down. Like a true non-tech in a tech world, I didn’t have or never thought of setting my location services. I …

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Brooklyn

“BS” Brooklyn, NY November 2014 Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in NYC, NY.

PECO

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in West Chester, PA.

Gold Fish

“Chicago Sewer – Dump no waste. Drains to Waterways” Found this particular piece a few years ago on Milwaukee Ave in Bucktown. After a few test prints over a couple of months, we pulled this one on a freezing cold November night. Finished it off with a beer at Estelle’s and moved on. If only …

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Sunrise

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Newport, R.I.

Narragansett

Tallboy

“Narragansett Electric Company” September 2015 (Providence RI) I was making a U-turn trying to get out of the park after making what I thought was the last print of the trip. I hopped out and noticed the unique typography in a football type shape before reading what it actually said. I don’t know much history about …

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Detour

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Providence, RI

Tall Ship

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Salem, MA.

It’s Electric

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Salem, MA.  

NE T&T Co.

I’m going through a ton of old canvas right now . Which means I’m doing some reminiscing….. Three years ago, I wandered into a shop in Portland, ME. “I’m looking for some old manholes. Happen to know where any are?” A sweet lady named Beverly proceeds to open her phone and show me photos she …

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Etheridge Foundry

Started out the day packing and putting the final touches on the print mobile before the 8 hour drive north. After stopping for gas twice and making it through New York City at the perfect time, we rolled across the Maine state line around 6 pm.  Checked into a sweet Portland hostel where we had the …

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MIT

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Cambridge, MA.  

Luck

With only a few hours in Boston, we went straight to the “Cheers” block and picked a cover quickly. The only thing I knew about Boston at this point was my grandmother’s favorite team. During the playoffs, she would call and place $2 to $5 bets on the Celtics with the kids. I don’t know …

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Cheers

“Boston Water Meter” September 2015 Having just one night in Boston, it seemed the right thing to do was have a beer at Cheers, then wait for them to close so I could make a print. Growing up, my dad would turn the news off once a week and laugh for an hour. Not sure …

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Lockhart Foundry

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Newark, NJ.

Storm

STORM West Chester, PA Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in West Chester, PA.  

Public Service

Growing up in South Jersey, we used to watch the fireworks in Camden each year. There is a waterfront with museums, an aquarium, The Battleship New Jersey, and a great concert venue. Beyond the river banks is a desolate city labeled for years as America’s poorest and most dangerous. There are no downtown shops, restaurants, …

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Camden DOT

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Camden, NJ.

Trenton Sewer Utility

New Jersey is a great state. Within an hour you can be on the beach, crossing the bridge to New York or Philly, picking ripe produce, or exploring the state capital – Trenton. We spent the early morning pulling some prints in Princeton and then headed to Trenton. Even thought they are less than 10 …

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Princeton, NJ

We started out the morning headed towards Newark. After hitting some traffic on the Turnpike, we decided to take a detour towards Princeton – a city we had not been to in decades. It’s a college town filled with mansions, estates, and a ton of money. We drove through a residential area a few blocks …

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Kris Kross

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in West Chester, PA.

Atlantic City Electric

My dad was born and raised in Atlantic City and I was so happy to spend the morning with him pulling a few prints. We started off on Missouri and Pacific Avenue right in front of Caesar’s which is the main intersection in the city. We drove around for about an hour looking for interesting …

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AC Water Department

My dad was born and raised in Atlantic City and I was happy to spend the morning with him pulling a few prints. We started off on Missouri and Pacific Avenue right in front of Caesar’s, then found this one on Texas and the Boardwalk. I listened to stories from his childhood and came home …

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Hawks

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Seattle, WA.

Seattle Telephone

“Telephone – India” 42×42″ Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Seattle, WA.

Seattle – City Light

“City Light – Seattle, WA” Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Seattle, WA.  

Seattle Gold

“Olympic FDY Co – Seattle, WA” 32×32″ Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Seattle, WA.  

Olympia Green

“Storm and Surface Water – Olympia, WA – Made in USA” The State Capital – 32×32″ My buddy Nathan and I left Seattle for Portland looking for some unique covers and ended up hitting traffic around Tacoma. We decided to head towards the state capital – Olympia. It’s a small city at the lower end …

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Olympia Brown

“Storm and Surface Water – Olympia, WA” The State Capital 32×32″ Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Olympia, WA.

SF Sewer

“SF Sewer – FDYR Made in USA” 34×34″ Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in San Francisco, CA.

SF

“SF Cali” 32×32″ Tribute to the Giants Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in San Francisco, CA.  

Death Starr

Spent the first night walking around the Sunset Neighborhood with a storage bin lid as a palette with rollers and piles of ink – definitely not looking shady. The rest of the time – it was awesome getting to ride around San Fran with the boys in the pimped out Mazda minvan driven one handed …

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Triple Layer

We went back to the same spot 3 times for this piece while letting the ink dry and set in between trips. The plan was to create a pattern with the circles. Finished it off with a few brush strokes and a touch of yellow. Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in West …

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4th of July

  “City Inlet No. 2  Clarks Iron FDY Phila”  West Chester, PA July 4, 2015

Ford Water Meter

This was a fun one. Found it walking around town on a Sunday morning and had to go back. Reads “Ford Water Meter Box Co., Wabash IN” We went on a Sunday night and pulled a few shirts. Then went back two days later for the print on canvas. A lady in a moo moo …

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Gas

West Chester, PA March 2011

Seattle Streetprint

15 Cent

This is a personal favorite. If you are from Seattle and have ever hung out in Chinatown, you probably know Jerry (15 cent). He is a local guy who hangs outside Bush Garden and Purple Dot singing his classic “15 cent will help me buy a sandwich” and “My Cherie Amour” for change. He is …

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Phoenix Fire

Made this one around midnight on a Tuesday. The colors and texture were enough to make sitting on the curb for two hours while waiting for the ink to dry well worth it. Good times.                  Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Phoenixville, PA.

The Phoenix

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Phoenixville, PA.

Bird on Fire

Phoenixville, PA has some of the coolest covers I have seen so far. They have the phoenix in flames, Made in USA, and Established 1849. It is an old steel town and one of few in the country that actually poured their own manhole covers. Many of the originals are along the main strip in …

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Wicker Park

“Dump No Waste – Drains to Waterways” Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Chicago, IL.  

Music City

I woke up before the sun and started packing the car up. We had spent the last 48 hours stomping around New Orleans after exploring Atlanta and Birmingham the days before. Zach was flying out that morning and we had plans to be in Nashville for the night. I had never been to that part …

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Ryman Alley

I woke up before the sun and started packing the car up. We had spent the last 48 hours stomping around New Orleans after exploring Atlanta and Birmingham the days before. Zach was flying out that morning and we had plans to be in Nashville for the night. I had never been to that part …

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Mtown

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Milwaukee, WI.

Bell Systems

“Bell Systems” Philadelphia, PA November 2014

It’s not a “manhole” cover.

I’ve spent years seeking out historic, symbolic, and ornate “manhole covers” and have been calling these chunks of metal just that. If you search online, you’ll see the majority of people using that same term for any piece of iron that covers the human entrances to our underground utilities. I’ve always wondered if the gender-based description was ever questioned.

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