Biznes is Good

Out of place like a land-bound ghost in the fog, yellow street lights, the low growl of the trolley underground electric hum. Another low hummed transformer buzz from the Jesus Saves sign at the mission, snap up your collar, quicken your pace. I can see it all coming back dream-like now, one more for the Read more about Biznes is Good[…]

Tattoos on the Barbary Coast: Part II

Everything hidden creeps up through the sidewalks oozes through the cracks, crimes crying to be solved.  Shanghaied, rolling out under the Golden Gate.  Fog horns freight train whistles odd night noises music or…. tattoo signs, an old jackknife and some papers, a bottle of ink dried up now, somehow the big sheets made it by, Read more about Tattoos on the Barbary Coast: Part II[…]

The Tiger Roars

Pen and watercolor on paper, circa 1908 by Thomas Berg, tattoo artist. An Englishman and great draughtsman, he learned by copying master drawings at The Victoria and Albert and The Natural History Museum on Cromwell Road in London. Moved to San Francisco’s Barbary Coast where he worked for many years.

Captain Jack Howard

Just in to Lift Trucks: A tattooists interpretation of the Italian Renaissance. Note Christ tempted by the babe in the rose (bottom right.) Captain Jack Howard, Barbary Coast, San Francisco, ink and watercolor in heavy paper, 22″ by 29″, c 1920’s. And just for fun, the sheet as a blueprint. The Barbary Coast was a Read more about Captain Jack Howard[…]