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[…]

All Tomorrow’s Parties

We went down to the Bowery or maybe the Lower East Side last week. That’s the area near Orchard, Ethridge, and Chrystie streets. Our old memory of that area is dropping an inebriated drummer named Walter off at Ludlow and Stanton, a crime and drug addled corner.  All changed now. New galleries, restaurants, and a Read more about All Tomorrow’s Parties[…]

Bowery Folk Art Sign

The Bowery (where this piece is from), is definitely a place where people could use some good old fashioned salvation from Jesus. Just take a look at our new favorite book, “Flophouse, Life on the Bowery”, a collection of short stories about the people living in skid row, written by David Isay and Stacey Abramson. Read more about Bowery Folk Art Sign[…]