BOBBY COLEMAN: FEBRUARY 15, 2016
Bobby Coleman is a Baltimore based artist and self proclaimed "stuff maker." Bobby was formally featured on our previous podcast, "The Meatless Monday," which was an international success before being bought out by the Tribute Company. Bobby is about as Bullish as they come and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the city. His dedication to Baltimore didn't come without its bumps, however. As he discusses in this interview, it took a while for the city to become home. This episode with Bobby is a mix of legitimate Baltimore information, Bobby's favorite places to eat and drink, musings on the Baltimore art scene, all punctuated by an absurd story about packing up art in John Water's apartment.
This particular episode was recorded at Bobby's studio in the "Crown Cork and Seal Building" off of Fait Avenue in Greek Town. We at Bullish have had the privilege of visiting the Crown building several times and we're always astounded by how busy it is. While the place has the appearance of an abandoned old factory ( it has this appearance because that's kind of what it is) the building houses a number of artists, musicians, craftsmen and guys and gals we presume we'd enjoy drinking beer with. The old warehouse seems like the type of place you might need a password to get into, or in the very least a briefcase full of cash.
The Crown Cork and Seal building was the home of, you guessed it, The Crown Cork and Seal company until the late 1950's. Founded in Baltimore in 1892, the Crown company made its money packaging soft drinks and beer (until a little thing called prohibition hit the the U.S of A, then it was primarily soft drinks) and later developing innovative methods of can production.
While in Baltimore the Crown company diversified its product line, producing gas mask canisters during war time and later developing some of the first widely used aerosol cans. These products seem to have had snappy titles like the "spray-tainer," a tradition Crown seems to have carried through to this day. Although Crown left Baltimore in 1958, they have continued to market products with names like the "Global Vent" a "a dual aperture beverage end that offers a smoother pour and an enhanced experience for consumers." I have a feeling this item can be found on a Coor's can somewhere. Regardless, Crown left us a gem of a building.
What remains of the Crown company in Baltimore is the massive old warehouse where Bobby makes his art and art stuffs. The inside is a labyrinth of elevators, dark stairwells and fire escapes, punctuated by foggy window panes and the occasional leaky duct work. If you have the opportunity to check out the building or any of its residents (particularly Bobby's unreal artwork) we at Be Bullish highly suggest it. The building has a ton of character and, as far as we can tell, is home to a variety of characters.
Now Listen to Bobby's Podcast. First one to e-mail Baltimore.BeBullish@gmail with the correct answer to the podcast question ( located with Bobby's podcast here ) gets a free Baltimore Be Bullish t-shirt.