John Waters’ Guide to Hampden
“I’ve always been inspired by Hampden,” says Waters, a Baltimore native. The director maintains a local studio that he claims to have furnished mostly from Hampden’s thrift shops (which, he says, are a source for some of Manhattan’s savvy dealers). - Washington Post (1998)
John Waters talking to Ed Helms for a segment on The Daily Show, in front of Atomic Books
(old 1100 W 36th St location – which is now Sixteen Tons).
“If there is a demimonde today like the kind at Martick’s, it’s in Hampden. Hampden is an uneasy mixture of redneck culture and hipster culture, which I love. Hampden is definitely the hipster neighborhood and a great neighborhood.” - Baltimore Sun (2010)
Pecker, John Waters’ 1998 movie – was mostly shot in Hampden.
Service Photo - Chuck Shacochis, the photographer who took Pecker’s black & white photos in the movie, works there. The current location of Service Photo is also in the building of Pecker’s dad’s bar.
Philly’s Best - Pecker’s workplace in the movie.
Hampden Food Market - Now a brand new restaurant and bar, was the facade for the grocery store scene.
Holy Frijoles bar room – The location of Pecker’s mom’s vintage store.
Soft & Cozy Baby - Once the location of Gallo Clothing, where Pecker and his best friend were caught shoplifting.
St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church – Their basement was used for the voting booth scene.
A Few Hampden Highlights:
Atomic Books - John’s had his fan mail sent to Atomic for 20 years! You can leave a letter for him there. All of his books and DVDs in the store are signed.
Corner BYOB - John says, “When I want to go upscale but yet not pretentious.”
The Golden West Cafe - Save Your Soul Dance Nights happen here from time to time, just keep an eye out.
Hampdenfest - The annual neighborhood festival that John tries not to miss.
Rocket to Venus - John says, “It has a great mix of people, and it’s the only restaurant where a fan has ever asked me to sign their house.” The house is across the street.
Zissimos - John says, “The bar I recommended that everyone go to when I was on CBS Sunday Morning.”
John Waters at Hampdenfest.