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“You a cop!” shouted the girl, as I took a photograph of the Wonder Lodge.

 

She was all of eighteen or nineteen, with disheveled dyed hair–auburns and blonds matted together. 



“I’m not a cop,” I explained to her.

She looked at me even more confused.

 

“So then why are you taken’ a picture of this ole’ motel?” she said in a curious, yet, indignant manner.



It was a good question. Why would anyone but the police or demolitionists be interested in this derelict building? It was a run-down and decrepit motel off 4th Street in downtown Reno, after all.



“I like the look of these old motel signs,” I said. ”You can find them all around Reno. I like the 50s and 60s look of them.”



The girl approached and stood next to me.  She reeked of cigarettes.

 

She got a good view of the sign from my perspective and exclaimed, “I guess there is a certain amount of nostalgia in these old motel signs.” She paused for a moment. ”Just don’t go into any of the rooms.” She gave a sharp laugh and walked away.  

Lake in the Sky
Lake in the Sky

Available, Contact Artist Sumi Ink on Water Color (2012, 9″x6″)

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A View of Downtown Reno from West 4t
A View of Downtown Reno from West 4t

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Wild West Show
Wild West Show

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto #1
The Lone Ranger and Tonto #1

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto #2
The Lone Ranger and Tonto #2

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Welcoming Sign
Welcoming Sign

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Nice, France
Nice, France

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Cityscape
Cityscape

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Ziggy Stardust
Ziggy Stardust

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8 on Fourth
8 on Fourth

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We Speak German… Sprichst du Deutsch
We Speak German… Sprichst du Deutsch

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Phở
Phở

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Phoenix
Phoenix

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Story of Rama
Story of Rama

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Cigarrette Breathe
Cigarrette Breathe

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Painting the Sands
Painting the Sands

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The Old 40
The Old 40

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The O.K. Corral
The O.K. Corral

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Urban Oasis
Urban Oasis

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Серце (Heart)
Серце (Heart)

Private Collection 1 of 2, Sumi Ink on Water Color (2012, 9″x6″)

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Серце (Heart)
Серце (Heart)

Private Collection 2 of 2, Sumi Ink on Water Color (2011, 9″x6″)

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5 Acres for Sale
5 Acres for Sale

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Fading Star
Fading Star

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Plastic Flamingos
Plastic Flamingos

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Tahoe on 4th
Tahoe on 4th

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Collage
Collage

Private Collection Collage: Sumi Ink on Water Color (2012, 9″x6″)

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