True or False

This is from the book  “Pierced hearts and True Love.  A Century of Drawing for Tattoos” The Drawing Center, 1995. They label it as “Unidentified tattooer, c. 1950” A most excellent book.

There are lots of 3d tattooed arms supposed to be old and supposed to have been employed in tattoo shops.

Here’s a pair that sold on eBay. 

We have seen these pop up at local swap meets for about $200. That’s okey as maybe a decoration for those stupid “man caves.” Rooms which, like a New Year’s Eve party, reek of false promise.  

Here’s an arm sign currently on eBay. The lady looks sceptical but the listing swears it is genuine. http://ebay.to/15Phu9x

Can’t tell from the photos but as one collector said ” After looking  again, something about the paint doesn’t look right.  It has that distressed painting technique look. That’s a red flag.” 

You be the judge. For us there is nothing more dispiriting than, down the road, realizing your item is a phony.  

 

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