A recent episode of “American Pickers” was titled “Great Minds Ink Alike,” as Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe, the professional hunters who travel the earth picking through treasures covered with dust and rust from age will soon find out.
As the episode begins, the guys are riding and Frank reveals that his girlfriend is sending him selfies and wants some of him. They are in Louisiana when Danielle calls, and Mike tells her about the selfie situation. She wants to know if his girl wants naughty selfies, but the guys just laugh. She called because she has a lead for them for a guy named Clyde, and a son named Steel. He has lots of smalls, and Danielle needs them. When they find the house, there are no steps to get in the front door, so they must go around the back. The house was built in 1887 and was filled with junk. They spot a vertical record player from the 1940s that they buy, a public phone sign, Oster milkshake maker, and just about anything one could imagine from long ago. They found two old microphones for $140, an electric lawn mower for $100 that had to be from the 1920s with the name Pioneer on it. In another house, they found lots of hood ornaments that were right up their alley, but Clyde did not want to part with them today.
In Western Louisiana, the guys were looking for a tattoo shop that Danielle wanted them to go to for collectible tattoo equipment. They found the World’s Only Tattoo School and the guy who ran it named Dr. Bill Pogue. The guys saw many old tattooing machines, artwork and other items for the art. Bill has been tattooing since 1968, when there were about thirty-five artists in the business. Mike bought some early artwork for $900. They found an old metal box with the ad on the front reading, “Wally Tattoo Artist, Detroit, Mich.” They took photos of several items and sent them to Danielle, who is an expert on this tattoo stuff. Frank found an antique ad with a tattooed woman on it, but Bill wanted $1,000 for it. When Danielle called back, she told them the Wally box was worth $3,000 and the pen Zeis machine was worth another grand. All the items that Bill had were worth $10,000. Frank had a tattoo that was missing color, and offered him $9,000 if he colored in his tattoo. Now Frank has bragging rights to say he was tattooed by Dr. Bill Pogue.
In Nashville, Lauren has a deal working and wants the guys to come and complete the deal for her. Tom Morales, a native of Nashville got the building that was a feed and seed warehouse and was making it into a restaurant. They sold the huge signs to Tom for $1,000 because they wanted to keep him as a customer; they dropped the price from $1,300. Tom even managed to have the signs installed before the restaurant was opened on this episode of “American Pickers.”