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Right across from Harry’s Corner in the French Quarter, you will find the shop the Deurty Boys call home. Welcoming and laid-back, owner Lance “Varg” Vargas can be found behind his desk, shooting the breeze.
Armed with an English degree and a lifetime of living in port cities, New Orleans beckoned him to stay put. Formerly a writer, he started making the art the focal point in his life about 10 years ago.
Making art of discarded house elements, it brings a new purpose to an otherwise unwanted scrap of wood.
1. What type of art are the Deurty Boys putting out?
It’s lots of found objects that are salvaged and made into art. Lance does very primitive work and Jeremy is more pop. All the materials are from houses in New Orleans.
2. How long have you been in business?
We hit our 3 year anniversary on October 24th.
3. How do people find you online?
4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew?
Almost every bit of material is salvaged and from the local housing stock. Most of it cypress and hard pine as well. It’s all on its 3rd life – went from being a tree to a house to art.
5. What’s your favorite aspect or project you’ve worked on?
My (Lance) favorite piece is the 9ft cypress pocket door on display. It’s folk art, Michaelangelo style that depicts different people I know. Each has passed it’s each soul on there with distinguishing marks for each person.
My favorite aspect is that I’m living the dream. I’m in the neighborhood, on the corner, hanging out and living the dream.
Check out the Deurty Boys gallery at 901 Chartres in the Quarter.