Painting the Revolution in Philadelphia.

Great art sometimes comes in times of major stress. This show deals with a school of art that has been recently overlooked if not relegated to the dustbin of history. We need to look again, the curators show us. These pieces in this show were created during years of social upheaval and revolution in Mexico. Conflict can be a catalist for great painting. An example of this theory occuring at the same time but on the other side of the world, was the German Expressionism movement. These artists were were slathering right out of the tube paint over screaming black lines while being shot at, suffering nervous breakdowns and being imprisoned during both World Wars. Meanwhile, neutral Switzerland snoozed under a blanket of 500 years of peace, supplying the world with cuckoo clocks and boxed chocolate. 

We are taken aback at how modern it all looks. There is a refreshing lack of European compositional elements. Even with leaders like Porfirio Diaz sending many Mexican artists to Europe to try learn 'em up.  The only klunkers are at the beginning of the show where the artists used old school compositional tricks of the trade. For example the golden section which serves to divide a painting into pleasing sections, often two thirds or two fifths. Typically a horizon line is employed or a figure stands exactly at this designated classical picture making proportion.  Thankfully Mexican painters went their own way basing their art on experience and the tradition of folk art.  


This Diego Rivera drawing looks fresh. We would not be surprised to find it on a mural in East LA or the cover of Juxtapoz magazine. It's from 1938.  

Inconceivable that this painting, Zapatistas by Alfredo Ramos Martinez, could by a French Impressionist. Flat, graphic and patterened, it stands up to today's aesthetics of design. The total lack of any perspective brings you right into the close quarters and the resolve of troops ready for battle. The one guy without a hat is a brilliant touch. 
Diego Rivera's dancers.

This grisly image was painted on the spot by Goita, an illustrator in Pancho Villa's army. He recorded the horrors of the Mexican Revolution in the summer of 1914. Communicates as well as a Goya. We like the owls.

Art for the people, these paintings cry! Enough of the bourgeois with their materialistic values and conventional attitudes. This show brings these brilliant painters together maybe in in all encompsing show for the first time? Clear out ideas of the cliched ol' south of the border art.

Drop everything take the bus or drive. Watch the local area parking fees ($55) and don't stay at the Logan Hotel - where we were interupted in the middle of the night by an employee with a pass key wandering about. "Oh, that was just Eddie, will somebody please tell him stop doing that, again?" Said the lady at the front desk.


Now Through January 8, 2017

From the start of the Mexican Revolution to the aftermath of World War II, artists and intellectuals in Mexico were at the center of a great debate about their country’s destiny. The exhibition tells the story of this exhilarating period through a remarkable range of images, from masterpieces by Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Frida Kahlo, and Rufino Tamayo to transfixing works by their contemporaries Dr. Atl, María Izquierdo, Roberto Montenegro, Carlos Mérida, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, and many others.


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 in a ruined frame. This chest or back piece is the only finished color drawing discovered to date, by this seminal New York tattoo artist.

This piece travels through time, bringing us back to era of long gone sailing ships relying on lighthouses to navigate the rocky shoals. Identified as by the hand of Lewis Alberts, Bowery tattoo artist. Resting tightly in the museum at Daredevil Tattoo,Bowery, NYC, where it rightly belongs.

 Don Ed Hardy's book

The distinctive shading technique, rendering of ocean waves , light house depiction and especially the signature seagulls, stylistically prove this is indeed, by Lewis Alberts.

Lew "The Jew" Alberts, pencil and watercolor on board, The Bowery, NYC, c1910

Ashton Taylor & the Dragon

We have been told this drawing is by Ashton Taylor. Ok, we said. It's a great dragon and has all the hallmarks of tattoo flash. And why do we like English artists in the tattoo world? 

From the book;  Tattoo, Secrets of a Strange Art, as Practised among the Natives of the United States , the author Albert Parry cites many British tattoo examples  "...rather frequently because of the natural proximity of the motives and historical development to those of American tattooing."  The themes, many designs and the men themselves originate from Great Britain.

 These guys could really draw. Classically trained, they would study at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum in London. They also assimilated Japanese design elements.  Many immigrated to America carrying the designs with them. As a group they were a great influence on the American tattoo scene.

From Paul at Rambo Tattoo Museum, UK:
"The dragon art design you mention was from chris wrebluskey the author of many tattoo books including skin shows etc.

It came from an old tattoo art sketch book I bought of him some years back he said it was ashton taylors
It was one of three loose sheets in the book it was on display in my museum for the last 20 years before I traded it."

 Ashton Taylor piece came from this distinguished museum in London.   And a photo of this gent was tucked inside the frame. Speculation was that it might be a photo was of Ashton Taylor. Logic tells us otherwise. We think a long time ago, someone got hold of the frame and switched out the society swell for the dragon drawing. Dude looks way to mainstream comfy. Also, tattoo artists would not have the means nor inclination to wear Savile Row handmade suits.  


The New York Historical Society: Tattooed New York

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 with the world.

Thanks for your help in making it happen.

Your friend,

Jim “Jimbo” Laporte

This is where it all started for me on the Long Beach Pike. Then I had shops in San Diego, Lancaster & 29 Palms California.

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.

Then, something just didn't feel right. So we checked with other collectors and antique guys who know about old paint and age.Top dealers, collectors in other fields and tattooists who know what they are doing. Not so fast! They all cried. Step back and take another look. The first 'tell' being that clean black line painted over a beat to shit old white hinge in the top left corner. Why is that black line so crisp?
And where's the ink mess? Black Ink spots should be around the holes that were drilled into that folding piece of wood supposedly used for the upright machines to rest in while the guy was tattooing.

Next, stylistically, the outlined wings on the eagle don't trap the paint. Never seen this type of loose line and wobbly paint on a tattoo sign or folk art item before. It's like bad crayon book coloring. Maybe works for wonky modern drawings, but not seen in the 1920's. Logically a tattooist would want to completely fill in outlined areas. Always finish coloring and shading up to the black outline. A sign serves as a portfolio for the tattooists work.
The machines inside are unidentified. One even employs the classic Mud Flap Girl as a cut out frame. This does not seem like the 1920's. If it ever was a machine frame, it was probably made later like in the sixties or seventies.

Then there's this half dollar sized blotch in the green painted lid. So why does the nice dragon painting go right over the dashed out area? Wouldn't the douse on the lid have also taken a chunk out of the dragon? Looks more like new paint over an old box. Same methods as the decorative Electric Tattoo painted box, that at this typing, is still suffering along on eBay. These are both nice looking items. Obviously created by a very skilled artist/craftsman. They probably started out being sold as out as very cool, nice looking decorative items. Problem is, once into the marketplace, they move up the bs ladder until somebody swears they are real. As in "found in my grandfathers dusty old attic" real.

Now the box maybe have been a tattooists box. But the paint probably has been improved, embellished or added on recently. Then you have to wonder, just how did Mr. Tattooist carry this here box? Like a dead goat or a bag of concrete? Where are the attachments for handles or rope straps?

Important note: We are talking about the item, here not the seller. Nobody is blaming the seller. He probably doesn't know. And he made the right move running it by Chuck Eldridge. Who we all know is reputable and would never betray the Paul Rogers Trust.

Problem is that the eventual buyer will someday figure it out. Feel 'took' and likely give up on a cool field of collecting. It's a time bomb waiting to go off. A rather expensive one.

Picture Information courtesy eBay

Trader Vics' 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 Mugs held wildly intoxicating rum drinks like Navy Grog and Scorpions. Many heralded from that old rum house, Trader Vic's. Be there but one good reason Not to vote for Trump, it would be that evil Ivana Trump. She dispensed with the Trader Vic's at the Plaza Hotel in NYC. It resided for years on 59th Street while she and The Donald were busy plundering trophy properties all over New York City.

Just keep Ol' Dry Bones out to set the proper tone. Ponder ye, the fate of the last quarrelsome soul to trod the well-worn Persian rug leading to this Captains well oiled desk!


The guy's name is Harry Lawson, right?


Recently looked at a sheet that was unidentified. It's early and nicely drawn. We wanted to try and identify the author, if possible.

There's a date; May 20th 1930 written in pencil and erased under the eagle wings of the crossed equator design. Which caused us to look further. Scotty in the Lift Trucks Lab found another erased set of letters at the bottom of the sheet.  Looked like "...rry V Law...n.  He then looked at it a different way by flipping colors on the computer to a negative. Almost like a blueprint. You can see it clearly in person, not so much in the photo (apologies.) But you get the idea. All falls into place and says in all caps; HARRY V LAWSON.

Not a bad way to check for signatures on a sheet. Flipping some colors will work better than others. Old computers sometimes have a color matrix rotation system button. On newer models, try Photoshop or iPhoto and swap out one color for another.
One tell was the unique style of feathered shadows under the feet of the women. A black line with fade cast. This is on other Lawson's in a book. Shows up here on the ukulele girl and pirate lass giving stylistic evidence, along with the block letter signature, that sheet is most likely by Harry V. Lawson.  

Maybe another reason to dig back into into the slag heap of unidentified tattoo flash sheets.

 Click image to see enlarged. block letters: HARRY V LAWSON


Goodnight Irene


Irene Woodward, also known as La Belle Irene, was a tattooed lady who performed during the 1880s. She made her New York debut just weeks after Nora Hildebrandt to great fanfare, including a report in the New York Times. She worked at Bunnell's museum and successfully toured Europe. Onstage, she claimed to have been tattooed by her father, and, in a break from the usual tales of forcible tattooing, claimed she actually wanted the work done. Woodward was actually tattooed by Samuel O'Reilly and his then-apprentice Charles Wagner. At times, she claimed to have been inspired by having seen Constantine. In 1883, she married a showbiz man named George E Sterling with whom she had a son, also named George, and spent 15 years in the circus.

She died in December of 1915 at the age of 53 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Info courtesy of MBEzine.

Here's a sketchbook page from the sketchbook of Samuel F. O'Reily, Irene Woodward was illustrated by him.


Ed's Tatoo Parlour

Tattooist: How about a butterfly on your hip? 
Teenage Girl: Its like you read my mind! 

Will be stopping by Ed's.  Location rocks, stumble on over with me, matey.  Must be lovely, rear of Finn's bar.  Although not a confidence builder having the word "tatoo" misspelled on his shingle. All doubts were quickly dispensed seeing the classy English spelling of the word Parlour. Wonder what city this was in?  Must have been back east somewhere. I don't exactly remember. Heh, heh. You going to finish that Rob Roy?

Aloha, Baby

Here's a sheet of tattoo flash that surfaced at an obscure auction. Story was that it originally came through a swap meet in Northern California, not sure what one but maybe the now defunct Marin City. Which was a very cool place where lots of hippies would set up selling stuff from wealthy guys like the Jefferson Airplane musicians. Phil Ochs widow was there a lot. Kind of sad actually but she had nice things for sale and was a nice person. A well heeled town with good items not just sand candles and yarn dream catchers but expensive bikes, early electronic gear and mint Bill Graham Fillmore posters.
Anyway the auctioneer said the guy who owned the sheet of flash remembered that he got it from Albert Morse. Mr. Morse was a famous comic book artists' lawyer (don't mention his name to comic book guys, as they will spit and fume.)  Unhappy dealings! They cry.

Albert Morse traveled the country and documented many tattooists. A hero in this world as he preserved history, wrote The Tattooists and had a great tattoo art show at the Oakland Museum of Art 25 years ago.  Brought tattoo panels out of back rooms onto museum walls and the public eye.  

We originally thought this piece might be Owen Jensen's as the girl and peacock is something he drew occasionally.  But the fine line drawing just isn't his.  It kind of looks Californian even though it says Aloha Hawaii. Beautifully done, it and now positively identified as an Earl Brown sheet.


I Scream, You Scream

So, the real question is:  Does The Scream still shock?  John Canaday, the famous New York Times art critic, said (to paraphrase) of the Mona Lisa;  We can't see it anymore. We see the icon, fame and the money it's worth. Paintings can become items of value. They lose the expression of the times, the artist or whatever....  There it is, The Famous Painting.  He may have had a point. The Scream has turned the corner becoming a historical icon like the Mona Lisa, The Sistine Chapel and Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.

At the Neue Galerie you follow the line governed by a guard slowly letting us into the dark, closet sized, burgundy painted room with the icon. We look at other yelling angst ridden portraits along the way.  

Some of the other pieces in the show stand out more.  Like the Nolde portraits and the wonderful pink street painting by Kirchner. But they all went to school on Munch's achievements. They could not have done their expressionistic paintings if he had not gone first. Probably the first guy to really explore inner horror. As opposed to event caused horror like Goya's war scenes.

Munch's work kind of looks creepy and hospital room like. He apparently had a girlfriend who told him she was dying or something. He rowed a boat in the middle of the night to go see her on some God forsaken island. Go ahead look the story up on Google. So anyway she is not sick, laughs loudly and says "Just kidding."  He is so streamed that he rows home under a black sky and pretty much swears off dating for the rest of his life.

See the show. It's a wonderful gallery and we are all lucky to have it here.

Munch and Expressionism at the Neue Galerie, NYC  until June 13.

Dispatch from Crutch.

" Screwed ,Blued, and Tattooed "...which normally in sailor tongue meant you had done it all in that Port of Call...and at this joint you certainly could make that statement a my day ladies mostly imports from Argentina ....a wild wooley place....

i was there twice 69 and 73 was fun haha ....what i remember  that is;   .... the girls in 60s were all wearing hotpants and kneehigh boots like gogo girls....which brings to mind the old Flying Dutchman in Charleston S C ...with girls swinging in cages suspended from the ceiling....i was ther too on board my sub.... a young officer wanted to get laid never done it before got me to take him to the joint ,he was an ensign not suppose to fraternize with enlisted, very worried about getting caught...inside was wood floors ,old building, with rooms topside deck like old style western saloon....very dark  inside we were near the corner of long bar at a table and once our eyes adjusted looked over at bar and there was the "Sea Leopard" himself   capt of the sub sea leopard drinking alone in his big pilot coat  it was in winter and cold as heck..he never said a word we were off grenadier...same squadron.....john the ensign came down smiling ...said crutch you would have been proud of me..i said why, ensign said she wouldn`t take her shirt off... so neither would i ...true story...i died laughing...still smile when i think of it

Eagles, Two Maidens and a Tiger

This article is by Chuck Eldridge at the Tattoo Archives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Reprinted here by his kind permission. Mr. Eldridge is a tattooist, and an acknowledged historian on the subject of tattoo history. If there is anything you want to know about the Tattoo World, Mr. Eldridge is your man.

George Burchett George Burchett was probably the most famous tattooist of his era, which spanned from 1890 through 1953. Tattooing in London through two World Wars, Burchett catered to both the rich London society and the poor alike.

Born George Burchett Davis in 1872 in Brighton England, George did his first “scratching” (as he described it) on his schoolmates. One of his first customers was his younger brother Charles, who at the age of four or five was wiling to pay the large fee of a stick of liquorices for the pleasure of being scratched by George.

George Burchett joined the Royal Navy at the age of thirteen and found that his ability to “scratch” was welcome. Navy discipline proved too much for the young George, so he jumped ship in Tel Aviv and did not return to Great Britain for twelve years. In order to avoid the authorities George Burchett Davis dropped his last name and became George Burchett. During this part of his life, he worked as a tram conductor and a cobbler, but continued tattooing part time. In 1900 he became a full time tattooist. During the next half century and until his death in 1953, George Burchett created one of the largest tattoo practices in the world.

Charles Davis

Charles Davis followed in his older brother's footsteps into the tattoo world, but never received the acclaim that George did. The brothers worked together and operated shops separately for many years. George and Charles were just a few years apart in their ages. It's difficult to tell them apart in photographs today, with both of them dressed in white shirts, vests and ties, and sporting well-trimmed mustaches and matching shoes! They both even liked to work in white medical smocks. Their tattooing styles were so similar that it is difficult to tell their tattoo designs apart. In later years Charles stepped away from tattooing, and in the 1950s George wrote that Charles was active in the insurance business.




Picasso, the painter who changed sculpture forever

Woman’s Head (Fernande) 1909, Bronze

To attend the Picasso Sculpture Exhibit at MoMA is to witness the secret workings of a relentless creative mind. Never schooled in sculpture, he was free to explore its potential, without fear of failure. Coupled with his sense of playfulness and rebellious outlook, he worked in the gap between painting and sculpture. He made no assumptions about what a sculpture could be, and he didn’t let convention get in his way. Richard Serra said, “Picasso seems to be actually more inventive in sculpture than in painting.” What few realize is that the greatest painter of the 20th century was also the greatest sculptor of the 20th century. To see this show is to know the canon other serious sculptors must compare themselves.

Picasso once famously said, “Good artists borrow, great artists steal.” and the artist he stole the most from was Cezanne, a painter who not only painted what he saw, he painted how he saw. Cezanne eschewed staining, “sculpting” his work with thick brushstrokes, and with multiple perspectives, he reduced his pictorial elements to cubes, cones, and cylinders. From this starting point, Picasso created Analytical Cubism. Picasso took Cezanne at his word, and he painted cubes that fractured the picture plane, creating a breathing space for shapes to float in and out. Facilitated by the freedom this structure offered him, he investigated multiple views of perception. Picasso painted some of his most provocative works of art at this time, and propitiously, he continued to work in sculpture.

The first room in the show shows how quickly Picasso progressed in his early 1903 to 1909 period. From a sentimental bust of a bronze harlequin to a primitive wood sculpture of a nude, you are immediately led to his breakthrough work, Woman’s Head 1909. Modeled out of clay, and then cast in bronze, Woman’s Head, portrays his lover, Fernande, from multiple viewpoints, as partly buried cubes emerge from a block of clay. Picasso tries to release his cubes and make them float, but traditional sculptural processes hold him back. Unlike his paintings, there isn’t any air in this work, which limited his potential for spatial exploration. Multiple viewpoints stuck in the mud of the clay, lack clarification. Luckily, his painting process offered a solution to his predicament.




Still life with Guitar. Variant state Paris, assembled before November 15, 1913, Subsequently preserved by the artist Paperboard, paper, string, and painted wire installed with cut cardboard box

While working on his still life paintings, Picasso would use sketches, or maquettes, as the reference for his work. One of these sketches was a three-dimensional cutout of a guitar, handmade of paperboard, paper, string and painted wire, glued together. A photo of it exists as a centerpiece in a three-dimensional tableau made of paper cutouts. Once finished, Picasso had an insight. Why couldn’t the sketch stand alone and be the sculpture? That way, it would free up the negative space of his work allowing shapes to float, as they did in his paintings, allowing multiple viewpoints to mesh with each other. This bold move demonstrated a rejection of the lofty subject matter of sculpture. This wasn’t a statue of a goddess, a general on a horse, or even his mistress. It was a sculpture of an inanimate object. Of a guitar! Then in 1916, Picasso folded up the paper guitar and put it away in a box. It remained there for 64 years until the MoMA acquired and displayed it again, soon after the artist’s death. Fortunately, before mothballing the paper sculpture, Picasso decided to make a more permanent version of it in 1914.



Guitar, Paris, after mid-January 1914 Ferrous sheet metal and wire

Guitar 1914 wasn’t made from clay, wood, or marble. It was made with metal. It wasn’t carved, chiseled, or molded. It was constructed. It even had lines (the strings were made of wires). It hung on a wall. What was it then? With Guitar, Picasso resolved a conflict between painting and sculpture by introducing a strange hybrid. Some called it pictorial sculpture.

Here, Picasso answers ‘why’ questions. Why is sculpture always about the human form, when it could be of an inanimate object? Why can’t it be assembled, when you can construct it out of metal? Why does it have to be on a pedestal, when it can hang on a wall? Why does sculpture have to be so serious, when it could be fun? By challenging sculpture’s very nature, Picasso brought a new energy to the medium. The poet Andre Salmon observed, “We were delivered from painting and sculpture, liberated from the imbecilic tyranny of genres.” Guitar 1914 set the stage for the greatest sculptural exploration and innovation of the 20th century.


Still Life, 1914, painted pine and poplar, nails, and upholstery fringe. About 12 inches high.

Still Life, 1914 is the first sculpture that made fun of sculpture. Instead of carving, he paints pine and poplar wood and nails them together. Although still life as a genre is within the purview of painting, Picasso boldly makes it the subject of sculpture. By portraying a workman’s lunch, he offers a sardonic commentary on the ‘high’ ambitions of ‘Art’. (A Dutch Master, 17th century feast, it isn’t.) Haphazard sawn wood, machined and hand carved, refute the journeyman’s aesthetic of refinement. Further blending painting and sculpture, he uses paint to distinguish the surface of the glass (glossy) and the rest of the tableaux (matte). The addition of tasseled upholstery fringe, a found object integrated into the piece, proffers another snub at the craftsmanship, giving the piece an air of insouciance and whimsy. This daring act, incorporating real objects into sculpture, unleashed a creative fervor that resonates to this day. But this is just the beginning for Picasso, and there are so many more rooms to go through.


Pablo Picasso. Figure. 1928

Picasso’s quest to have his sculpture breathe led to another breakthrough, Figure, 1928, a rejected study for the tomb of his friend Apollinaire. Once again, a painter’s perspective creates a new sculptural form, but, this time, using Surrealist imagery. Inspired by the strings in his guitar sculptures, he created a piece made entirely of welded wire. A contemporary art dealer declared it ‘drawing in space.' Sculpture as drawing, freed up the medium, allowing new avenues of creativity by using line and air for expression. Once again, Picasso’s disregard for the status quo showed the way for artists to use unorthodox materials and techniques.



Picasso's 'Bull's Head' Paris, spring 1942 Bronze, cast in 1943

Assembled out of a bicycle seat and handlebars, Bull’s Head evokes a smile. Bold simplicity and a good coupling of two disparate bicycle parts surprise with a depiction of a bull. But then, Picasso takes it a further step, as he casts the assemblage. Now, Picasso comes full circle with another desecration. After embracing the commonplace by incorporating it into his art, he now sanctifies it with bronze. The 19th century must have been rolling in its grave.


Chair Cannes, 1961. Painted sheet metal, Musée National Picasso–Paris.

What Figure 1928 did for the line, Chair Cannes did for shape. This kooky sculpture questioned the fundamental processes of its medium. First cut out of paper, folded, and then flattened out (at this stage Picasso said it looked like a chair run over by a steamroller), craftsmen then bent a single sheet of painted metal, based on the paper template, to create an art object. Made of only one part, he manipulated the material of the work itself, to create a complex piece without soldering or welding. Only gravity holds it together. Bent and turned planes create their own negative space. With a mundane object as subject and a simple shape as a sculptural form, with bending as process and gravity as glue, Guitar Cannes, advanced both the mental and visual gymnastics of Picasso’s art – not bad for an 80-year-old.


To tour this show is to explore the creative mind. How are new ideas formed? How does one find the confidence and courage to embrace them? Picasso shows the way with his unrelenting curiosity, reassessment of assumptions, and rejection of category norms. He asks big questions by challenging the opposing prejudices of painting and sculpture. His nonchalance enabled risk taking, with a take-or-leave-it attitude. What is the secret to Picasso’s prolific creativity? He had fun.


Thomas McManus is a writer, artist and professor at Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.

Picasso vs Sailor Jerry

We have been through the Picasso sculpture show at MoMA twice. It did not get better. Seemed careless and sloppy in both thought and in execution.  He did not stick a baby cake server on a pile of Playdough once, but 30 times over. Our artist friends enjoyed the "playfulness" or some such rot. They said he explored the exploding of imagery. We say 3d telephone doodles.

Let's compare:  Who had a tougher audience?

Picasso had to amuse laudenum addled bohemians lounging around Montmarte cafes as Nazi's paraded down the Champs Elysees.

Pablo Picasso

Picasso sculpture from MoMA.

Sailor Jerry created art for tough guys on shore leave, repairing from Pacific Rim battles with the Japanese. 

Sailor Jerry.

We know whose art we have on our walls ,Matey!