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Launch of Parker's Garage

For the past several months I have worked with my longtime friend Mark Tesi of Togetherness Agency on the launch of Parker's Garage & Oyster Saloon, an exciting new restaurant on Long Beach Island.

As Parker's Garage is a throwback to the Golden Age of Beach Haven, Mark had the brilliant idea of a marketing campaign that utilized historic imagery of "The Queen City" and Ellis Parker, a bayman who opened a restaurant/engine repair shop on the Beach Haven waterfront.

The rollout included six weeks of historic photos compliments of the New Jersey Maritime Museum that tell the story Parker's. My part included web and social media copy around the launch.

Courtesy New Jersey Maritime Museum

Of course, the product is the real selling point and the Nugent and Magaziner families, with Chef Kyle Baddorf, have outdone themselves with this place. The offerings from the kitchen and raw bar are nothing short of amazing. 

I've particularly enjoyed this project because of my love for local history and the fact that my grandfather was a commercial "pound" fisherman and I have some knowledge of how these operations, like the one in Beach Haven.  Check it out when you're in Beach Haven.

Parker's Oyster SaloonTesi
Parker's Garage dinnerTesi

"Paddle Against the Flow" book

It’s been about seven years that I have been contributing to Huck Magazine. From a feature on gender identity and sexism in punk music to the Superstorm Sandy rebuilding efforts, an interview with a photographer from the 1961 Beatnik riot, to wooden surfboards and snowboards, I have always enjoyed the subjects I get to cover. Huck recently released Paddle Against the Flow a creative bible that “features lessons on life – original artwork and words of wisdom – from inspiring individuals previously featured in the magazine, who we love and admire. It's a celebration of independence, freethinking, creativity and collaboration.”

Shepherd Fairey Photo by Ann Marie CoenQuotes from my feature on Shep Fairey were used in "Paddle Against the Flow." This was during his installment in Asbury Park.

For the book they selected quotes from my interviews with influential street artist, Shep Fairey and Fugazi/Minor Threat frontman, Ian McKay. Needless to say, both of these guys were pretty inspirational to me. It also features tidbits from Mark Gonzales, the Beastie Boys, Spike Jonze, Kim Gordon, Judd Apatow, and many others. The book is available through Huck, Amazon  and you can find it now in Urban Outfitters too. 

"Caught in the Act" Wrap Up

The first artist reception at the Ann Coen Gallery is in the books. It was an insane week of painting, planting, power washing, preparing, and hanging our first ever show Caught in the Act. But it was also a pleasure to spend time with such a legendary and humble photographer in Ken Salerno.

“The Pope,” as he is known here, still won’t let us refer to him as an artist, but his documentation of the punk and hardcore scene in New Jersey going back over 30 years was truly amazing. Shown in conjunction with Steve Tozzi’s “Riot on the Dance Floor: The story of City Gardens and Randy Now,” at the Lighthouse International Film Festival, we are very grateful of how many who came to see the film also checked out Salerno’s work. We're thankful for Randy who helped promote the exhibit and want to congratulate Tozzi on a fantastic New Jersey premiere. Caught in the Act will hang through Thursday, June 12 and we will have digital files available upon request for the rest of the summer. Please contact the gallery if you are interested in purchasing one of the limited prints or skate decks.

City Gardens by Salerno