Baxter's Blog


Posted in Human Interest by misterroadtripper on July 12, 2010


California Ralph was born and raised in Van Nuys, California. He started tattooing forty years ago under Capt. Jim and Tennessee Dave in Los Angeles and then the Long Beach Pike. Ralph was in the era of Zeke Owens, Bob Shaw, Bert Grimm, Owen Jensen, Greg James and Jeff the Jew. He was partners with Charlie Green in the San Fernando Valley for thirteen years before moving to Asheville, North Carolina, where he opened California Emporium of Tattoos in 1990. In January 2010, Ralph was diagnosed with leukemia and has been undergoing aggressive chemotherapy, and will be in need of a bone marrow transplant. If you are interested in donating bone marrow to Ralph (real name: Raffaele Albanese) you can reach the Be the Match Registry at Monetary donations would also be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

—Cheryl Corella

California Emporium

P.O. Box 16333

Asheville, N.C. 28816

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