“Tattoo and Haircut” on the Bowery

Tattoo parlors, sketchy barber shops, and shady characters hanging around an all-night Bowery mission are all part of painter Reginald Marsh’s “Tattoo and Haircut,” completed in 1932.

Marsh’s paintings typically feature the city’s marginalized Depression-era outcasts.

“What interested Marsh was not the individuals in a crowd, but the crowd itself … In their density and picturesqueness, they recall the crowds in the movies of Preston Sturges or Frank Capra,” wrote Marilyn Cohen in Reginald Marsh’s New York.

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5 Responses to ““Tattoo and Haircut” on the Bowery”

  1. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    In the same way I loved Times Square not for the availability of cheap sex everywhere you turned but the mass of humanity thronging the streets practically on top of each other. I can still remember crowded Broadway one Saturday night and 42nd and 43rd Streets, the crowd could barely get through, each person was on top of the other or so it seemed. To me that was certainly sexual, you could hear yourself and another person cuming in the crowd… To me that was bliss.

  2. fivepointsguy Says:

    I don’t know if I have ever agreed with the idea that Marsh was “not interested” in the individuals in the crowd. Just look at the details, just look at the unique qualities of each face. Sorry, I choose to disagree.

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