Wednesday, July 23, 2014


I first discovered John Ross and Clare Romano Ross  work with this  beautiful little book  i've found last year: ‘Manhattan Island’ by May Garelick .It was the first of many books that the couple worked on together.It's packed with great woodcuts .Clare and John both specialised in Printmaking and met in the early 1940′s when they were students at Cooper Union, and were married in 1943 just before John went to war.  As artists, they also worked separately and both were professors at several colleges and universities over their careers.
In "Manhattan island"  Ross and Romano's work present a portrait of life in the big city ,in all seasons and moods: the rush in the streets,the entertainment,the produces from all over the world ,the quiet and early mornings ,achieving this with a use of 3 colours cleverly arranged to get their full potential.
enjoy this small selection .........

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


On the turntable tonight ...this rare and much loved Elvis 10" record from France .Kinda rough cover but plays nicely .......

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Ok !!'s the deal .Got a pep talk the other day by my good buddy John Tesoriero [aka PAPA NUY] he basically persuaded me to go back on the t-shirt gig .So here they are ....All hand stenciled with vintage brushes on vintage 100 % cotton t-shirts. 

ATTENTION: there's only 4 shirts for sale and nothing else,so don't wait .30$ each.....S&H :5$ for the US . 24$ overseas payment via PAYPAL please email your order to :                                                      

first come first served of course, so once more ,don't wait......cheers Patrick  

FRONT of the first t-shirt: USMC EGA on 100% cotton wheel loop vintage t-shirt 20" chest 28"L so a perfect vintage fit for a 38/40   SOLD

BACK: 1st Marine div UNIS marking .fitted sleeves and long enough to be tucked in your fav chino as per regulation.

FRONT of the second shirt: 4th Marine div UNIS marking ...SOLD 

BACK same marking plus private 1st class rate.vintage wheel loop vintage shirt perfect for a vintage 38/40 .
20" chest,28"L......SOLD

FRONT of the third shirt: Homage to the famous "Jolly rogers" this mechanic crew shirt SOLD

BACK: owner's name and plane #.This one is a SMALL shirt perfect for a 36.
17" chest 25"L

FRONT of the fourth shirt: this one is an homage the US NAVY deck crew on board aircraft carrier during ww2 .the blue color code is for plane handlers.SOLD

BACK: wheel loop vintage shirt ,hand died and stenciled.19" chest 26"L


Thursday, June 19, 2014


L to R...first and 3rd model 

3rd model with 45 holster 

Variations on holster 

position and components for the 3rd model 

Reliance ,the famous shirt maker,was the subcontractor for Sears but also a major parachute manufacturer 

Another major player commonly seen 

Even if the C-1 vest was still in use during the early days of the vietnam war, most of the surplus stocks ended up being sold to fish and game enthusiasts through various mail order catalogs,just like combat boots ,tents and flight jackets ...

Backpacks are for dorks .It was true back then and still is .....i'm sorry

So how about giving you guys a "still affordable" alternative!? that can also be a nice addition to your Mister freedom  sea hunt gear.....

So here it is :the ww2 AAF type C-1  sustenance survival vest .It's the perfect alternative ,that'll allow your average "busy bee" to carry all the necessary tools that clutter our lives and that we think we can't live without .......

The C-1 "survival" vest was developed around 1943.The vest has seen service by both Air forces and navy personnel from World War Two through Korea and to a limited extent in Vietnam. The vest was made of dark olive green tackle twill and weighted 11 pounds when complete with its contents.  There were three large buttons on the front for closure.  The vest was used alone and in conjunction with various seat and back pad survival kits which were also initially developed during the early stages of WW2.  The C1 vest was designed for use in all parts of the word, however, the C1 proved better suited to the tropical regions.

The C1 was issued in "one size fits all" being adjustable by 3 ties in the back.The vest was to be worn under the life vest, body armor and the parachute harness. This proved to be too cumbersome when worn in some theaters of operation. So a modified musette bag attached to the parachute harness was developed.

Three types of C1 vests are in circulation with the two earliest models having two front slant pockets secured by a large button.  The latest model had straight pockets opening from the top and secured by snap catches....