Black Market exhibits local creativity

Signs leading to the entrance on the side of Elks Lodge

Signs leading to the entrance on the side of Elks Lodge

Scores of people browsed hand-made crafts, used and new vinyl, and an assortment of clothing at Ignore Rock and Roll Heroes and Boston Hassle’s Black Market yesterday.

Vendors’ tables hugged each other from wall to wall with narrow aisles for people to gander, both in the lodge’s first floor and basement. Admission was $1 at the door and there was a cash bar (21+) and coffee table in the basement.

There were more than 65 vendors in this installment of the “art/record/flea/artisan” market, according to the event’s Facebook page.

The bimonthly market is held at Cambridge Elks Lodge—down the street from Central Square. There were people of all ages and crafts of all sorts; here are some that caught my eye:

Pun Pantry: A brand at the intersection of food and pop culture, connected through puns, had a table in the basement, right down the entrance. Several people walked by and would look a second time before chuckling at puns like “Taylor Swiss” or “The Grapefruit Dead.”


Sean Patrick Watroba was selling his art in a variety from poster-sized prints to dollar coin-sized buttons. The “Harambe” button pictured below is one of a few amount, Watroba said. The button next to it is one of Watroba’s illustrations—it reads “I have nothing left to live for.” 


Joseph Mauro of Providence, R.I. set up camp at a table next to the bar with a collection of music photography he has shot at concerts in the Rhode Island scene, he said.   

Here is part of my live-tweeting coverage from Sunday.


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