The Last Velvet Painter in Tijuana

For many years, Alfredo Rodriguez Ortiz – Argo – was among the throngs of velvet painters making a living in Tijuana painting Elvis, Marilyn, John Lennon and John Wayne.

Those were velvet’s glory days of the 1970s. Now interest in the art has fallen off considerably. He keeps at it. Painting Bob Marley and Tupak more than any others.

He’s now among the last velvet painters, and the only one, from what I can determine, who still knows how to paint Elvis Presley on velvet.

I hope you like the video.

2 Comments

January 14, 2017 · 3:34 pm

2 Responses to The Last Velvet Painter in Tijuana

  1. Teresa A Snyder

    Very cool video…..along with the velvet painters story, I enjoyed the shots of Tijuana! Thanks!

  2. Awesome storytelling and filming. OMG, and the zebra donkey? Too funny!!

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