GRIMM’S WONDERLAND

Recent finds from this American Tattoo Master. His distinctive, simple and bold black lines combine with strong colors to make stunning graphics that read from across the room! From The Birds and the Bees and Rock of Ages both full back pieces, to a bevy of pre-WWII Japanese Geisha girls, a Mermaid, Dragon and Roaring Tigers,…

The History of Tattoos in New York, from Bowery Sensation to Banned Art

The New-York Historical Society explores three centuries of Gotham’s relationship to the tattoo through vintage images, electric pens, and live demonstrations. ALLISON MEIER, APRIL 6, 2017, hyperallergenic.com Tattooing in New York has been a sideshow attraction, a banned underground practice, and an elite society trend. Performers in the early 1900s Bowery dime museums boasted wild tales of…

Ink We Get – Part the Third

Tattooing Was Illegal in New York City Until 1997 The New-York Historical Society’s newest exhibit delves into the history of the city’s once-turbulent ink scene By Jennifer Nalewicki Smithsonian.com, February 28, 2017 In 1961, it officially became illegal to give someone a tattoo in New York City. But Thom deVita didn’t let this new restriction deter…

Ink We Get – Part the Second

New Museum Exhibit Will Explore 300 Years Of Tattooing In New York City FORBES.COM, JANE LEVERE, CONTRIBUTOR, JAN 31, 2017 A new exhibition at the New-York Historical Society will examine three centuries of tattooing in New York, including the city’s central role in the development of modern tattooing and the successive waves of trend and taboo…

Ink We Get – Part the First

Love tattoos? This exhibit has 300 years of ink By Barbara Hoffman NEW YORK POST, February 23, 2017  Dorothy Parker had one. So did Teddy Roosevelt, Winston Churchill’s mother and my father, a Navy man. I’m talking tattoos, the vivid subject of a New-York Historical Society show that features objects, drawings and photographs as well…

WAKE UP CALL

Take heart antique dealers of the world!  Just because there are no more sales for pewter, Lionel Trains, Model T’s and spinning wheels does not mean the industry is dead. Pier Shows, Armory and Barnstorm shows are all taking dirt naps right now.  But stop all your complaining. You will be fine.  Reset. Look at…

Tattooed Royalty at VIP Party

Tattooed Royalty at VIP Party

Lift Trucks Project contributed to the Tattooed New York exhibit at the New-York Historical Society, and had the pleasure of attending the opening.  “Through artwork, artifacts, photography, oral histories, and live demonstrations, Tattooed New York explores the fascinating stories behind this controversial art form, from its early use by Native Americans to the launch of…

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…

Where it all started…

Hi Tom, Thanks for the nice postcard. I’m putting it into my Tattoo photo album with all my pictures, letters, business cards and such. It’s my scrapbook of memories of my years in the business. The postcard shows that I achieved my goal of sharing this beautiful art that I have owned for 40+ years…