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Live from Kathmandu: Mannequins Galore

Strolling along the streets of Kathmandu is always fun, not least because of the extraordinary variety and conditions of the mannequins.

Trump like mannequin in Nepal
Does this remind you of anyone?

Mannequins come in all shapes and sizes.  This hair has got to be a referendum on Trump.

mannequin in Nepal
This male mannequin is typical

Cold weather is coming to Kathmandu and everyone is bundled up in the morning and evening.  They days are still warm here in early November.

Mannequins on the streets of Kathmandu
High fashion on High St.

The store are still lined with fresh marigolds left over from last week's Laxmi Puja, part of the Deepawali, Tihar or Diwali celelbrations.

Mannequins on the streets of Nepal
This is obviously a popular shopping district for young men

Young Nepali men (or Nepali men in general) are very well dressed and take great care with their appearance.

Child mannequins in Kathmandu
Child mannequins in Kathmandu

 Even the youngsters get into the act.

Alien mannequin in Nepal
Even the aliens get involved!

The Nepalis have a sense of humor about their mannequins, that is for certain.

Miscellaneous mannequins on the streets of Kathmandu
A wacky collection of mannequins

This group of young fashionista mannequins are a motley crew.

Street urchin mannequins in Kathmandu
More mannequins on the street.

These are typical of what you might find.

Male mannequin in Nepal
Conditions vary.

This handsome mannequin obviously has lost his mind!

A mannequin with dreadlocks in Kathmandu
Dreadful mannequin?

I dread to see what is next...

A Pug Dog in Nepal
Boys and their Pug...

These two young men enjoy walking their very friendly Pug.   

Stay tuned.   More adventures in Nepal are sure to follow.


I am in Nepal right now and accepting orders.

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the October 2016 trip.  I will be back in early December 2016 in plenty of time to mail holiday orders.

1. Please send me a photo of your pet.  I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of 3 paintings and three people will get work.   Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint.   These can be hung indoors or out.

2. Let me know what you would like it to say.

3. Let me know what style of portrait you would prefer:   naive, realistic, colorful, etc.

4. Tell me your pet's name and breed.   

5. Send your photo to me at:   ampage1@gmail.com  
That's it !

Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case.   Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!

The cost is $250 plus shipping.   Shipping is around $18 per sign (to and from the US).   And 9.75% California sales tax for California residents.  
Pay after choosing your portrait. 
Multiple pets on one sign cost more ($325 for Double, $400 for Triple).

Let's keep these artists painting.

This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world.   I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living.   Everybody is happy.   Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal!


Palm Springs Desert Dogs!

If you are in Palm Springs for the month of June, please stop by and see the Danger Dogs in person at the Terry Martin Gallery.   Run by the fabulous Terry Martin, this gallery is also known at the Terrence Rogers Fine Arts Gallery.

Starting clockwise from top left, Zia the Black Danger Cat is by Shree Shrestha.   Beware of Cock by Sanjib Rana, followed by Chester the Basset Hound by Nara of Asha Arts.   The horse frolicking in the surf is also by Sanjib Rana.

Above is Sport (a Good Boy) by Ram Krishna of Kathmandu.   Also featured for the month of June is the artwork of Maria Dudley and Jason Kowalski.   The title of their show is "Palm Springs and Other Exotic Places".   The painting above is of the iconic Zuma Beach Food concession by Maria Dudley.  Shree.Weimaraner_0904
Shree Shrestha of Pokhara painted this 'Dangers Dog' of Jasper the Weimaraner on his magic carpet.

From the same photo of Jasper as above, we have Arjun Karki's fine version of the Weimaraner.   Looks like Arjun put Jasper on the waves for his portrait.

Duke the Weimaraner by Hari Timsina was painted in November 2009.

A white Westie by Hari Prasad is at top left, while Chewy the Zen Yorkie is by Nara.   Please go to Terry's website for more information on Maria and Jason's art.

From left to right: a rescue dog by Yuba Raj Adhikari, Pinky the Enlightened Jack Russell Terrier by Jit Gurung of Munal Arts in Pokhara, Mick Jagger the English Bulldog by Sabala with his big grin.

Willow the Enlightened Golden Retreiver by Sagar of Surya Studios.   Sagar's signature is in Japanese.   

Also by Sagar, this portrait of Layla the white shepherd shows his marvelous sense of humor.   If you look closely, you will see what I mean.

  French Bulldog
Yoko the French Bulldog with her lovely jewelry and compelling eyes is also by Sagar.

Arrow is a Zen Black Lab who wears rhinestone necklaces.   This portrait is by Nara of Kathmandu.

This saintly White Labrador DangerDog is by Ram Krishna.   This was not a commissioned piece, but something Ram painted from the Everest Kennel Club calendar.   I could not help but buy it!

  Brocco English Bulldog by Megh Raj
Out enjoying the open air is Brocco the Bulldog by Megh Raj.  

Hari Timsina painted this portrait of Grace the Pit Bull in November, 2009.   Hari is the first of my artists to date his pieces.

Jasper the Dashshund as painted by Manoj.   Manoj is my only Christian artist.  

This pug was painted by Jit Gurung of Munal Arts.   Jit's art reminds me of R. Crumb's style of art.

This little Boston Terrier is by Amar Shrestha.

All pieces are approximately 12" by 12" and are synthetic enamel on (sometimes recycled) metal.  They can be hung indoors or out. 

All art featured on today's blog is available through June, 2010,  at the Terry Martin Gallery at 664 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.   His phone is (760) 332-8732.   Call for hours or to make an appointment.  

I am heading off to Nepal for the 7th Danger Dog trip very soon, so custom orders should be placed soon.   Each commission generates 3 portraits of your pet by 3 struggling Nepali signboard artists.   You get 3 choices, 3 people get work.  Please remember that I take no deposit up front.   You pay only after choosing which portrait of your pet you prefer.  

For additional information, please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com, go to the NepalDog.com website, or see the Nepal Dog Channel on YouTube to buy an existing artwork.

Giving Thanks for Nepali Dogs and Chickens


This little Lhasa Apso is named Happy and she lives with her parents and sister in Kathmandu.   She was born in the bedroom, the third and smallest of the litter and has never ventured off the property. 

The signboard hangs outside Happy's house.   A remnant of a previous owner who had larger dogs.

This lovely and friendly Chinese pug lives just around the corner from Raaz' studio.    100_6581
Here he plays with his similarly clothed friend.   No question about who rules this roost.

Dogs get to be dogs in Kathmandu.   I followed this guy for blocks as he made his rounds.

Lucky takes a rest from his busy day of chasing birds and getting treats from monks at the Dungkar Gardens Restaurant. 

On to other species, this Japanese Bantam and his wife live at the Buzz Cafe, a restaurant behind an old house here in Kathmandu.   They are enjoying the spinach-like greens.

They found a roost, and I was enjoying watching them  when I noticed...

...a little green parrot on the other chair.   The parrot did not look like it had had it's wings clipped, so he must be happy there.

Soon, the tiny hen jumped up to see what I had on my table.

Short post today as I have a bit of the Kathmandu Krud - a slight runny nose, a sore neck and rundown.   Got to rest up for this weekends' Thanksgiving parties.

First of the new Danger Dogs

I stopped by to see Amar yesterday.   He had finished his big project (silk-screen printing of an anti-animal sacrifice leaflet for a local protest) and has started his new Dogs.


Above Amar Shrestha puts the finishing touches on Sophie and Stargell.

This is one of my breakfast spots - the Chorten Cafe.   Just off the Stupa, it specializes in Tibetan delicacies such as Tibetan bread and momos - a type of Tibetan ravioli stuffed with meat, cheese, mushrooms or vegetables.

The stupa is so photogenic, I just cannot resist.  

The good news is that Nabin has started his series of Danger Dogs.   The bad news is that he is painting over existing 'Beware of Dog' signboards to do it.  

Had dinner with an old friend and his Nepali Chinese Pug named Foo.   Foo hates a flash, so here he is in the dark.   This pug is full of personality and is very well behaved.  

We had dinner Nepali style, a thali of rice, greens, lentils and a homegrown salad from the garden.

Stopped off to see if Raj has finished anything only to find Bir (above) minding the store.   I'll check back again tomorrow.

The dusty, dusty road to my guest house.   Nice uniforms on the schoolgirls, though.

On my pre-dinner walk, I came across these two boys playing guitar.   They play quite well, I might add.

Today, I am going on a long walk into an old section of town, looking for native Danger Dog signboards on the gates.   Then it is off to the Lazimpat Gallery Cafe for drinks and dancing.   More tomorrow.

I especially love comments and questions.   Please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com.  More information is also available at NepalDog.com

New Stone Age Dogs!

New Stone Age on West Third here in Los Angeles has new Danger Dogs in stock.

Kahuna the Zen Pug by Shree.    Kahuna rests his head on a pink and blue couch that is reminiscent of Matisse.    The blue dogbone dogtag is a nice touch.

This dramatic Sheepdog by Khanchan of Pokhara is on extra durable metal.

This brutish Chocolate Labrador is by Sagar.   This is from when Sagar painted his Danger Dogs as thugs.

Amar Shrestha made Laverne the Bulldog into a sweet dog (and gave her a slimmed physique, too) with a charming underbite.

Dilip painted this double portrait of the Pomeranians King and Princess.   It is 12" x 15".  Sold!

Another good double dog painting is this pair of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels signed Birju.   Painted by Vinosh, who now is off in Saudi Arabia doing remittance work.   Therefore portraits by Vinosh are no longer available.   Birju does the lettering and signs the artwork.

This little Westie was walking by my house one day and I took this photo.   Painted by Hari Prasad.

Davey the Black Labrador Retriever by Nara of Asha Arts.   Sold.

This black and red dachshund is by Govinda Kalikote.

This pitbull is by Sagar and part of his Thug Series.

A very studly Italian Mastiff painted by Pulkit of Nepal Arts.

This profile of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a hunter green background is by Santosh Shrestha of Pokhara.

This Lhasa Apso by Birju Studios was one of four Fran couldn't let go.   Again by Vinosh, you will not be able to get this artist for at least another 3 years.   Sold to a true Lhasa Apso fan!

This little white dog is also by Vinosh.

Another painting by Vinosh.   This is his version of a Scottie dog. Boxer.RamK_74
Lastly, we have Bubba the Boxer by Ram Krishna.  Sold!

Stop by and see these lovely new additions to New Stone Age.   New Stone Age is located at 8407 West Third Street (cross street Orlando) 90048.  You can call for directions at:  323-658-5969.   Or check out Fran's website at:  NewStoneAgeLA.com

It is hard to believe that in 2 weeks I will be back in my beloved Nepal.

There is no better time than the present to order your very own Danger Dog (or Cat)!   Each commission will give work to 3 Nepali signboard artists.   Satisfaction guaranteed as you pay only after you choose which of the 3 portraits you prefer.   I will return from Nepal in early December in time for the holidays.   What better present than to have your pet immortalized on metal by these talented artists?   You can have these signboards say whatever you like and can choose the artists and type of art you'd like.

Please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com with any questions or comments.   You can also go to my website at NepalDog.com to see more.