Lew Alberts, Bowery Artist

“Lew The Jew”  influenced Charlie Wagner, Ed Smith, Samuel F O’Reilly and scores of other Bowery tattoo artists at the turn of the century. He was very proud of his Jewish heritage as a positive selling tool and a way to distinguish himself.  This piece was found on the back of another old tattoo drawing Read more about Lew Alberts, Bowery Artist[…]

Ankle Deep in Ink

A young woman stands in the parlor of who knows whose Victorian mansion. She is clearly a member of a higher society, dressed like a circus acrobat, clad with gold, jewels, and pearls. As the eye of the gentleman wanders down to her ankle, something unusual appears. Leaves of green on her skin, not worn, Read more about Ankle Deep in Ink[…]