Birmingham Punk Rock Flea Market exists to provide a platform for local artists and collectors to showcase their work.
Birmingham Punk Rock Flea Market has worked with over 100 vendors and over 20 local and touring bands. The purpose of the flea market is to bring the art and music community together. It has been a great networking experience for those who participate and attend.
So much thanks to all the people who helped and volunteered to make this event happen.
We are always looking for locations to host the events! If this is something that you would be interested in, or if you have any community projects that you need help with, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What made you want to start the Punk Rock Flea Market in Birmingham?
I wanted to make friends.
I moved a lot in my life, and I know it can take a long time to settle down and make friends. It takes well over a year to fit in to a new place. When I moved to Birmingham in January I wanted to jump into this city with two feet.
I have always been a curator or participator in local art groups wherever I may be. This included art collectives, community zines, art shows, and gallery walks. Upon my arrival I was seeking all these things, and looking for new friends with common interests in the Birmingham area.
With many situations… if you can’t find what you are looking for just make it happen.
Pennsylvania and Delaware had Punk Rock Flea Markets, and I LOVED participating in them. I got to meet some incredible people through these events. The events also motivated me to create and continue producing art.
Why do you think it has been so successful here?
Birmingham has the people to make it happen.
Birmingham has been growing at a rapid rate. The art and music scene is incredible here.
Visual artists and musicians are always looking for exposure, motivation, and networking opportunities. Birmingham is filled with plenty of people in town willing to support and encourage these talents.
Birmingham needed something like this, that’s why is successful. Something ALL AGES needs to exist to bring art, music, and community together. It is beyond important to showcase Birmingham’s underground talent. The flea market serves as THAT platform for people to grow and to learn from one another.
What can you expect to find at this special flea market?
At the Flea Market you can find art, music, vintage, records, zines and pure talent everywhere. The vintage collectors have a great eye for vintage and the record collectors have those great ears for music! To read up on just a FEW featured artists visit the website www.punkrockflea.com or follow the Facebook page.
The flea market is growing with every event. It’s grown past art and music, although those are the two primary roots of this project. The Birmingham Punk Rock Flea Market has grown beyond that turning the event into a community ordeal.
What’s the most unique thing seen at the Flea Market?
That is a really tough question. The entire market is unique. I’ve seen taxidermy, oddities, bizarre works of art, steam punk accessories, hand-painted zombie dolls, rare records, strange knick-knacks and so much more.
What’s your typical Friday night out in Birmingham?
I will probably start the night real casual at Avondale Brewery, drink a beer or two (grab a pizza from Post Office Pies) and then venture on to whatever show happening that night. One of the best things about Birmingham is that there is ALWAYS a show. I am a lover of the arts, so I’ll see almost any act. Most of the shows I see are at Saturn, and if not there I’ll end up at Firehouse, Desert Island Supply Co., Syndicate lounge, or The Nick.
If it’s a real big night I’ll end up at Marty’s PM for a dance party or another show (about that time, I probably SHOULDN’T BE OUT).
Going to shows is a great way to support local musicians, so I never hesitate going to see a musical act. I probably see four shows a week on average. A great way to find out about cool stuff going on in town (pretty much my directory) is www.diybirmingham.com.
Yall are all kick a** and I will go to every show possible to support you all, and to everyone else... you should do the same. There are remarkable bands coming from the state of Alabama. Going to local shows, buying merch, and showing your support allows bands to create the funds to record their music, to press records, and to tour. What an exciting thing to have these Alabama bands representing our state in different places! The amount of work that goes into producing the music that they perform while juggling life and work is insane and we can't take their efforts for granted.
So much thanks to all the vendors. I am happy there is an outlet for everyone to showcase their work and to sell and profit. Thank you to the buyers. You support the vendors interest, and motivate them to create more. Knowing that your work is appreciated is one of the most gratifying and inspiring things. I hope that through the market everyone is networking and helping one another out to create a more prominent art scene.
Much thanks to all the friends and family for all the support and help. Please keep supporting one another in all endeavors.
I will do my best to support you all and all the projects surfacing the Birmingham scene.
Looking forward to the future!
Another Punk Rock Flea Market is in the works.
Stay tuned.... NEXT BIRMINGHAM PUNK ROCK FLEA MARKET IS October 2019!
To every band that has ever played THANK YOU!
The Old Paints
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Secret Midnight Band
Me and My Knife
The Dirty Lungs
Girls Rock Birmingham
Much thanks to everyone that attended the last and previous Birmingham Punk Rock Flea Markets. The support from the Alabama community means so very much to all the artists, collectors, and musicians and truly warms my heart beyond belief.
Thanks to many local publications that promoted the events, Montgomery Living, I am F Bomb, Iron City Ink, and all social media promoters within Birmingham and beyond.
Jaysen Michael, you rule! You have supported the PRFM since the very beginning. Your support and efforts mean so much to so many people. In doubt, you encouraged me. I know that all the participants and supporters love looking through all the pictures you take. I sure do! In case you were wondering... Jaysen spends HOURS taking thousands of pictures, going though the thousands of pictures, AND editing them all. Not only does he take pictures of this event, but he takes pictures of events ALL around Birmingham. He IS the man behind Secret Playground.