671: The Reveal

July 17, 2009 by
Filed under: Brooklyn, Ditmas Park, Flatbush, Greenpoint Magic 


I ended yesterday’s offerings on New York Shitty with a brain teaser. I wrote:

Today a young woman with a most curious tattoo came to the junk shop. As you can see it is the borough of Brooklyn, rendered in argyle, and includes a number. Anyone care to guess what it means? She told me and I will give the reveal tomorrow at noon. It’s really neat!

Well, it’s noon and here’s the reveal.

This very nice young lady (who is employed at Papasitos) came into the junk shop with her mother— who was a lovely lady in her own right. She was fabulous.

As they were exiting I got a passing glance of the above tattoo. I locked onto the visage of Greenpoint like the Garden Spot geek that I am. I can pick out the silhouette of our fair burgh a mile away. Probably because it bears a disquieting resemblance that fucked-up blob thing from the Gigglesnort Hotel I saw— repeatedly and much to my disturbance— as a little kid.


(To get a true grasp of how truly weird this show— and 1970’s childrens’ television in general— were click on the above image and watch the video. CAVEAT: Do not watch this under the influence of any mind-altering substances.)

I looked again at her tattoo. This time to the south. I recognized Coney Island. My eyes were not deceiving me: this was county of Kings rendered in Argyle. With a number: 671. So I asked her about it.

She said she grew up at 671 Argyle Road, Brooklyn, 11230. And she piquantly added:

I thought I grew up in the suburbs— until I actually saw what suburbs were.

Her mother laughed.

So there’s the reveal. A tattoo— which in hindsight— is not so cryptic. And pretty damned cool!

Hey, if her mother (who has since left Victorian Flatbush) likes it, who am I to judge? What’s more, I think it is neat!

Miss Heather


5 Comments on 671: The Reveal

  1. rodmur on Fri, 17th Jul 2009 11:17 am
  2. That is pretty cool. Makes pretty good sense for a tattoo, too. Been thinking about a tattoo… perhaps I should get one of my origin… or maybe one with the places I’ve lived marked.

  3. janimpala on Fri, 17th Jul 2009 1:04 pm
  4. I think I understand somethings a little bit more after watching some of those Gigglesnort vids.

    Somebody casually walking by my monitor jsut now asked me “IS THAT A TALKING POO?”

  5. bleibtreu on Sat, 18th Jul 2009 5:11 pm
  6. It is a cool tattoo, and she’s a cool woman.

  7. missheather on Sat, 18th Jul 2009 8:34 pm
  8. Yes, she is. She clearly got it from her mother! 😉

  9. al oof on Sun, 19th Jul 2009 12:04 am
  10. rodmur: i’m getting a tattoo that will be a map of nyc, except it will extend just far enough into westchester to include my hometown (it’s just north of the bronx) so i can include everywhere i’ve lived. but i’m not sure how to sketch it out!

    re: gigglesnort. the pacing of the dialogue (if you can call it that) is super crazy! the 70’s was a really weird time for children’s tv. but i guess spongebob is pretty weird, but since it’s not local and low budget, it’s just…. less weird.

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