Ed Smith Rocks

  America’s Tattoo Master, Mr. Samuel F. O’Reilly, trained Ed Smith along with Charles Wagner in the 20’s and 30’s on the Bowery in New York City. Bums, empty bottles and the elevated train ran the streets back then. We have all seen photos of tattooed people but not too many self portraits of the Read more about Ed Smith Rocks[…]

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[…]

Flames

 1. New Directions in painting . Artist Tom Christopher and hot rod pinstriper Chip Welsh work on a painting incorporating the Empire state building, pin up girls, femme fatals,  the classic wolf call all swirling about the flames and Mexican day of the dead skulls in an underworld painted with home depot blackboard paint. Melding Read more about Flames[…]

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[…]