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Posted in Gallery, Letters by misterroadtripper on October 4, 2010

Darrin White, Paul Booth and Larry Brogan

Greetings, Baxter:

I thought I would write to you about a quick trip I took to New York to deliver an oil painting, titled “Three Sixes,” that fellow tattoo artist Darrin White and I did for Paul Booth. Darrin and I have been doing collaborative painting together for a few years. In fact, our best paintings to date have been the pieces on which we have collaborated. Considering that it would not be fair for one artist to keep the painting, we decided from the beginning that we would do each creation with the intent to give it to a friend whom we admire and respect. This particular painting was specifically done for our friend Paul, someone who needs no introduction in the world of tattoos and has inspired more artists in our industry than just about anyone.

Darrin was already in New York doing a guest spot at Last Rites, with Paul and the crew, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to present the gift. When I arrived, the staff at Last Rites were busy putting together a new gallery opening featuring Dan Quintana and Pooch that was scheduled to kick off that weekend, but Paul took a little time to hang out and pose for some photos with us. Considering that Booth was one of the founding tattoo artists who started the Art Fusion Experiment movement along with the likes of Philip Leu and Guy Aitchison, he had a fond appreciation for Darrin and I collaborating on the painting for him, and it made his day.

After we parted ways, with the piece of artwork that had consumed over fifty hours of our time, we seized the opportunity to play tourist and see some sights in the Big Apple. It was a very hot and humid day but we managed to visit the Statue of Liberty, view New York from the top of the Empire State Building, see Ground Zero and the site for the new Mosque, as well as dine on some famed New York Pizza. I am sorry New York, but being a Chicago native, I must say your pizza is sub par. If any of you are ever in the Windy City, look me up and I’ll hook you up with some kick ass pie.

All the best,

—Larry Brogan, Tattoo City, Lockport, IL,

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