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Old 06-16-2015, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Smithville, TX
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Do you happen to have any Pics of his art? That was my pappy but I never got to meet him. My dad and granny had his work on them but I don't have any Photos of it. I would love more history about him and the types of tattoos he did. My granny had a self portrait on her back " a very sexy lady wearing a sombrero" .
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William Matthews-Bill the Beachcomber
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Old 06-16-2015, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Smithville, TX
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Do you happen to have any Pics of his art? That was my pappy but I never got to meet him. My dad and granny had his work on them but I don't have any Photos of it. I would love more history about him and the types of tattoos he did. My granny had a self portrait on her back " a very sexy lady wearing a sombrero" .
Thank you.
I wasn't going to say anything but since you never met him I seem compelled to mention.

I knew Mr. Bill as a kid, when playing with a friend on North Beach, when I was about 12. In the 1980-82 or so period I sometimes had coffee with Bill and his friend "Red", also a retired Merchant Marine. If anyone remembers the little shotgun house on Surfside, adjacent to the North Beach No-Fault Cafe and behind the ally separating it from the old "Lynn Motel", with all the one-gallon tin cans filled with roses in the front yard, that was Red's place. In the early 80's there was a small but intense community of painters, writers, one sculptor, and assorted artist who met, when the notion struck them, at the No-Fault Cafe. Your "Pappy and Red" were esteemed as originals and the old wise men of North Beach.

Those roses came from all over the world - Old Red had collected them over his life. He was a ships cook in the Merchant Marines and just as tough as they come. If you ordered a boxcar load of S.O.B's and when it arrived, only "Red" walked out - you got your monies worth. I spent many early mornings fishing with him - Bill didn't fish much, Red gave them fish. I think I learned some very important things about life from Old Red. And maybe this from your Pappy - When ever I wake up, while coffee is making, I wash my face and comb what's left of my hair- dress neatly - then sometimes, after my second coffee, I go back to bed. Your Pappy and his wife watered Red's roses when he was out of port roaming the world.

Since old Red was a ship's cook he often said this little prayer at the table.

Dominos, Parcheesi, Backgammon with the sign of the cross.



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Old 08-07-2015, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Corpus Christi
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Maybe when the new bridge gets built, they'll look towards renovating the area, since they'll have lots of room.
It's not like it hasn't been done before.
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Old 08-13-2015, 10:18 AM
 
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Big development issue on North Beach is that it's in a federal velocity zone(the most stringent flood zone). That means new structures need to be at 14 feet elevation(on piers basically). Some things you can put on a first floor but it's really limited and the first floor has to be specially designed to essentially wash away without creating shrapnel like debris if there is a big storm. Those things steamroll into being more costly than building elsewhere and also being a lot more complicated which means it's hard for inexperienced builders to get a handle on it. The location is good though so I think people will begin to deal with it.
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:24 AM
 
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Did you ever meet Bill the Beachcomber's daughter Mary. I am doing research into carnivals in 30s and 40s and she appeared in Life magazine as an attraction at Buckeye State Shows. She was 14 and had a number if tattoos done by her father. She stated that she wanted to be a tattooed lady.I would like to know what happened to her and if she achieved her ambition
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