on the picture to see my welcome video
do my craft to Adorn the earth With a visual song of thanksgiving"
hey "Hold fast there ís more to come"
guarantee each piece for life"
to Tony Whitecrow's Deerskin Art & Western Collectibles in
Taos, New Mexico - Soul of the Southwest - featuring the very finest in
one of a kind, custom made Western Clothing Bedding, and Accessories.
following article by Jai Cross was featured by The
Taos News in "Success Stories."
Whitecrow has been a familiar face in the Taos arts scene for the past
two decades. The success of his Deerskin Art and Design store has
allowed his vision to broaden, and he opened Tony Whitecrow’s
Western Collectibles, which features a wide selection of contemporary
western art and memorabilia. His first store located in the historic El
Torreon Hacienda, a fully
restored elegant complex originally constructed in 1847.
work is all hand made and includes full-length dresses, skirts,
jackets, halter-tops, long coats, jean jackets, bags, and purses. Many
of the pieces are custom orders, and his extensive clientele includes
Alan Jackson, Reba McIntyre, Jane Seymour, Tanya Tucker, and Vanna
White. Whitecrow also did the wedding shirt for the “Dr.
Quinn Medicine Woman” wedding double episode.
old timey pieces are all authentic and intriguing, such as a hand
carved furniture, a selection of pawn jewelry from the 50s and 60s, a
horsehide coat, cattle branding irons, and original western movie
contemporary art displayed in Western Collectibles consists primarily
of sculptures, oil paintings, silver jewelry, and stained glass. Many
of the artists are local talents that Whitecrow has known and
collaborated with during his many years in Taos. The Sculpture Room
contains unique creations by the highly acclaimed Presley La
Fountain who is Turtle Mountain
Chippewa, Sharon Dryflower
Reyna from Taos Pueblo, and Terry
always showcases the art of Andersen
an accomplished Navajo painter and silversmith. Whitecrow has
consistently admired Kee’s work since they first met in Taos
almost twenty years ago. “Back then, groups of artists would
gather at the Taos Inn in the afternoon to tell stories and share
information,” said Whitecrow. “Andersen was selling
his jewelry in the front courtyard in a store that was only about four
feet wide and ten feet long. He makes some of the best art that I have
ever seen. We have become best friends, traveled to Europe together,
and worked side by side in several motion pictures. He is my closest
friend here and was the best man at my wedding. Artists here tend to
support one another, and I want to continue in that
of my adult life has involved touching the past as well,”
commented Whitecrow. “I’m happiest when
I’m working, and my soul is connected. I want to live in that
time when a man’s word was his bond, when there was
excitement, adventure, romance, joy, and innocence. I try to evoke
those times in my deerskin work, and I couldn’t have picked a
better place for my first store because the Hacienda exudes a calm
centeredness, something I associate with the Old West.”
Kee, Whitecrow, and master printer Jack Lustig recently produced a
limited edition of 200 giclee prints of his oil painting “Touching the Past,”
which are available at Western Collectibles. This riveting piece
portrays a Native American hand touching a buffalo skull as if drawing
spiritual force from the whitened bones. The giclees will make
Kee’s work more available and accessible to the public. These
prints will be hand signed by Kee and include a certificate of
authenticity. (More Information)
uncles were Italian tailors in downtown Washington, DC, and he
undertook a leatherworking apprenticeship when only seventeen years
old. He worked as a union ironworker for years, which allowed him to
live freely while traveling throughout the United States as a young man.
day, Whitecrow was sitting in the Gold Pan Bar (Note: This is the
oldest bar west of the Mississippi) in Breckenridge, Colorado with the
great grandson of “Buffalo Bill” Cody. A guy
entered the bar, ordered coffee, and laid out a piece of deerskin on a
table. He proceeded to cut out a vest, which he hand sewed together
while explaining each step to the small crowd of curious onlookers.
When the unfinished vest sold to a bar customer for $200, the guy
packed up his tools and bought everyone drinks. Whitecrow was suitably
impressed and learned several valuable lessons that day. He eventually
settled in Taos where he used his leatherworking hand tools to work
with deerskin full time, was embraced by the artistic community, and
enjoyed rapid commercial success.
the years, Whitecrow has developed a unique style of deerskin clothing
and accessories. His work is all hand crafted, and he designs all of
his own patterns. Custom orders are a specialty, such as sexy
woman’s clothing, men’s gambler frocks, and Buffalo
Bill Cody coats. Whitecrow has perfected a technique of hand-cut
twisted fringe that has become his trademark. This time consuming
detailing imparts an olden look to the clothing and makes each piece
into a collector’s item.
indigenous people wore deerskin because it is warm in winter and cool
in summer,” said Whitecrow. “Unlined skins breathe
and mold to your body after wearing them only a couple of times. They
can be made to flatter any figure and look good on anyone. My work is
very durable and is guaranteed for life. All the pieces that I make are
intended to last a long time after I’m gone because deerskin
can endure for centuries.”
life has been a long and winding road,” Whitecrow recalled,
“but I have always tried to maintain values from the past,
like integrity, honor, and humor. Those are the ingredients for a good
and satisfying life. I’m a simple man, and I just want to do
my work, be happy, and see my friends happy. It is a wonderful thing to
be in Taos, and everything that has happened to me here has touched my
March eighth, I married the most beautiful woman on the
planet,” he continued. “I knew instantly that Jean
was the one for me, even though I had given up hope of ever finding
her. We have a lot of smiles coming our way. I’m living my
destiny, and not many people get a chance to do that. It’s a
humbling experience, especially with my darling new wife and my many
old friends that still support me.”
celebration of life includes listening to live local music
with such talents as Cullen Winter, Michael Hearne, Jimmy Stadler,
and Raymond Blanchette.
Whitecrow’s deerskin art can also be purchased anywhere in
the world through his website. It also contains biographies of the
artists currently featured at Western Collectibles.
his shop at 108A Dona Luz, in Taos,
New Mexico, near Taos Plaza.