Charle “of Malta” Parnis

Compare these three head shots: 1. From Lift Trucks contributor. 2. Long sheet found in Dusty Rhodes’ studio. 3. Charlie “of Malta” Parnis, early 1900s. Collection of Hanky Panky, Amsterdam Tattoo Museum. From Pierced Hearts and True Love: A Century of Drawings for Tattoos, The Drawing Center.        Lab staff sent packing along with our Read more about Charle “of Malta” Parnis[…]

Yes Yes, And Furthermore…

Here’s something we know. This sheet was done by Dusty Rhodes aka Professor Manley.  It’s signed.  The dude’s full name was Manley Raymond “Dusty” Rhodes (1890-1962.)  Our professional research team at LTP confirms: The hand that wrought this had nothing at all to do with the big framed panel that hung in his studio.  Compare Read more about Yes Yes, And Furthermore…[…]

Snakes and High Heels

From exhaustive electroscopic comparison analysis at our very own International Institute for Tattoo Art Research, a division of Lift Trucks Project, our studies have led us to the following determination.  The large tattoo flash board from Dusty Rhodes studio is most certainly the handwork of Joseph Hartley. One element of our research over the course Read more about Snakes and High Heels[…]

Dusty Rhodes

The old tea china gently rattled as he walked down hand hewn wood stairs, fire cold dead now but for smoky remains. As he latched the door and walked the cobbled streets to work early morning sunlight streamed over mermaid shaped clouds. Shades of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Prof. Manley slowly became Dusty the Tattooist. Read more about Dusty Rhodes[…]