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Monday, January 31, 2011



I followed the owner and builder to this amazing bike into Nathan's Tatoo and Piercing shop, to ask his permission to photograph his treasure. To my good fortune I got to meet the owner of Nathan's as well.

Nathan asked if I would like to explore the store and photograph the tatoo cartoons that he offers his customers. I did. Mixed with a universe of tatoo cartoon choices, there were Christian icon reproductions by Raphael, Bosch and Mexican folk painters. Naturally, there were lots of skulls, biker symbols and original art pieces as well. Nathan and I talked about Renaissance fresco paintings, the lack of art classes in schools, and the emergence of tatooing as main stream popular art.

Selection chart - Nathans Tatoos and Piercing - Canoga Park - Photo by Gerald Fecht for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 2011 - (click on images to enlarge.)

Original art works based on Tatoo themes - Nathans Tatoo and Piercing - 2011

Public tatooing station, with original art work behind an armrest.  Photo by Gerald Fecht

Nathan's Tatoos and Piercing - 7222 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Canoga Park, CA 91303

Your Museum has an abiding interest in Popular Culture and Public Art. Recommend places in the San Fernando Valley for The Museum Community to visit.  Art is the center of our Valley, at the heart of the Creative Capital of the World.

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