Caveat Emptor

Hey, no experts here… but we have been collecting and looking at junk for over 30 years. So this current eBay listing got our interest. Cool dragons, old lightning bolts and lettering on a trunk full of tattoo artifacts. Sign us up. Click here to see larger. Then, something just didn’t feel right. So we…

Trader Vic’s Legacy

Here sits the polished skull of my vanquished enemy says one Chief Executive Officer. Where the disagreeable end up. What’s that you were saying? As he reaches across the desk for a sharpened #2 pencil from the bone white skull. Now, are we being part of the solution or part of the problem? These Tiki…

Lion on the Floor

Walking into work today, after doing the random crap I always do on the computer I see this. Just like the scene in the movies where the lightning flashes and so appears the beast. Pretty cool way to start the day. Boss said it came from an old building from the Bowery. Pulled from a…

What’s in Your Man Cave?

There are certain transmission repair shops, bait stores and old time bars where you immediately feel right at home. For want of another term, this comfort area is called a Man Cave. In your house, sometimes it’s the only place where you feel at home. A true man cave will slowly fill with junk banished…

Treasure Hunt

Are antique shows dead? Not if Frank Gaglio has anything to say about them. A respected dealer and promoter for over 30 years he created BarnStar Productions. He has his work cut out for him. If you haven’t been out to an antique show lately, you might be in for a shock. Long lines are…

True or False

This is from the book  “Pierced hearts and True Love.  A Century of Drawing for Tattoos” The Drawing Center, 1995. They label it as “Unidentified tattooer, c. 1950” A most excellent book. There are lots of 3d tattooed arms supposed to be old and supposed to have been employed in tattoo shops. Here’s a pair…

Fake, We Cry!

A reader sent us an e-Bay listing asking our opinion. Just like on the popular tv shows! It looks like an itinerant tattoo artist case. These are rare and quite beautiful. Let’s look at this one. The box is indeed quite old. The dry white paint is great, the wood, clasp and hinges are turn…

The Girl with the Dead Man’s Tattoo

Scottish artist Jessica Harrison has her own exhibition FLASH.  Harrison uses porcelain figurines that represent 19th century women. Interestingly enough women during that time who were considered ‘classy’ and ‘elegant’ often had these intense tattoos. Later on women in carnivals began to get them and the social value and tradition of women getting tattooed decreased significantly. It became…