Every year the streets of Dundalk, Maryland, on the outskirts of Baltimore erupt with the sound and fury of roaring engines, Rockabilly guitars and the gasps of an entranced side-show crowd as the Mobtown Greaseball Event pays homage to American Kar Kulture and all its related art forms. I’ve been going for many years, & always enjoy the carnival atmosphere here, the sounds, the smells, and the general craziness. I won’t attempt to add to the write up from last year’s post, but here are a few images from this year’s event! ENJOY!
Lucky the Painproof Man takes another hit!
Those of you who follow my blog with any regularity know that I consider the contemporary tattoo as “the people’s art.” It is a form of personal expression that is available to, and for the masses, and at no other time in history have we seen the proliforation of so many individuals, from so many diverse walks of life, investing in the creativity of personal self-expression. And at no ther time in history has this ancient art form been practiced by so many talented artists. At every music festival I work at, I’m surrounded by art on the move, and at an event like the Mobtown Greaseball the stars align to bring together hundreds, if not thousands of moving canvases together in one place. What follows is a very brief look at some of the colorful art I witnessed yesterday in Dundalk. If you, or someone you know, or an artist’s work you recognize appears here, please feel free to get in touch so I might credit your work or acknowledge you as a patron of the arts. Better yet, maybe you need a studio sitting to fully document your contribution to the humanities.
Loved this young woman’s canvas & overall sense of style- Especially liked the tribute to her Grandmother
Sorry to have been away for so long, gentle readers. I have been off the road and confined to the limitations imposed by a lengthy stay in hospital and have been unable to fulfill my duties as your chronicler of the changing American Roadside. But never fear, pain and Doctor’s orders are not enough to keep a good man down, so it was into the blue skies and clean air of scenic Dundalk ( a neighborhood on the east of Baltimore) that the Vintage Haberdasher and myself found ourselves transported yesterday for the 15th Annual Mobtown Greaseball, an event that celebrates and glorifies the best in vintage kar kulture, rockabilly style, cheesecake pinups, sideshow artistry and all around good family fun for all. There was so much to see & experience that I was barely able to scratch the surface, and in my weakened state was not able to capture even a fraction of what this event has to offer, but I’ll try to present a small portion of what was on display for the naked eye to behold! We’ll start with a small sampling of the mechanical marvels, and future postings will feature people, faces, tattoos and of course, the astounding Lucky! The Painproof Man! Enjoy!
These are old school rat rods and the finest in the contemporary style of kar kustomization! No trailer queens here!
The beauty of fine pinstriping