Have you ever connected with a piece of art? I mean so deeply connected that when you look at it, nostalgia just washes over you. That’s exactly how I felt when I received my map art of Philadelphia.
When I was younger, my parents would take my siblings and me on family road trips. Although we spent hours in the car, the excitement of exploring a new city would overpower the uncomfort of being squished in the middle of my brother and sister for hours. While in the car we would listen to the smooth R&B tunes of Out of Eden, La’Moore, and Lawrence The Cat, kick it old school with Take 6 and Commissioned, or we would struggle to get the perfect patois accent with Christafari. These adventures were the climax of my summer. What I remember most about these trips was seeing my father preparing days in advance; pulling out maps and allowing the different colored lines to show him how to navigate his way through highways and states. My dad would keep all of his maps and map booklets stacked in a pile and I would always secretly watch him in amazement because he could read those things. There were times where I would sneak into his stash and try to understand this coded language but I couldn’t.
So it’s very clear that maps have a special place in my heart because they make me think of family and more specifically, my father. That’s why when Jennifer, the owner of Modern Map Art, got in contact with me about her prints, I had to check out her website. Modern Map Art is a company that literally takes any map you can think of and turns them into prints. These map prints range in size (8x10 – 24 x 46) and colors (white, yellow, blue, red, etc). Want to know what's more exciting? The map art doesn't stop with prints, they also sell map art on phone cases, pillows, or you can create a custom order!
As a Philly girl, you already know that I had to grab a map art print of Philadelphia. Seeing those grid lines and wondering where each of them lead will always take me back to those summer months of my childhood. While maps hold a special place in my heart, I’m very thankful that we now have GPS (lol).
I can't wait to find a frame for this and add it to my soon-to-be gallery wall (don't judge me, I'm working on it and will include photos upon completion). Until then, make sure you take a peek over at the Modern Map Art website! You'll be very happy you did.
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