Artist in the Florida Keys

                             The first time i can remember, The Florida Keys. The long road , narrow water on both sides. Beach, not to my understanding. Key West, Duval St, only what tourists see, was my first impression.  WOW, that would change.

             Today "i seldom do this" i received a phone call from Al in Ramrod Key, a Florida Key. A Key that is about 27 miles from Key West. This is the day before the 2009 Super Bowl.  Al:  a rocker, drummer, out there kind a guy. Al and i met in a funny way. Al living near some small town in Massachusetts also having this cool place in the Florida Keys.
All in Ramrod Key,a Florida Key

A, Artist,The Florida Keys

                    Artist have this draw to the Keys,Why,Well it took this road to discover. All now living in Ramrod,calling to tell what had happen in the isle of Ramrod. Not to metion Cat,oh i forgot, Cat is how i met All.  Tomorrow or When its Write

All,someone that,well to say what a friend. Some nights sleeping on his pool table.and not far is No Name Pub,well there you go,pub, by any other name spells  trouble. Well contra re to your disbelief, what a place of history. This is where it begins.or When its begins.


This once remote Key, NO NAME KEY,NO NAME PUB, remote,to say the
least,pub , when seeing the place,everything you can believe,and more,
just from the appearance. Now no matter what you have heard second
thoughts still occur.. Its still time turn around, not to night. The
Rainbow Trail by Zane Grey, was spoken here,my first exposure to the
days of Zane Grey, oh i’m getting ahead of myself. No Name Pub,a Zayne
Grey second office in the Keys,later to be one of mine. No Name Pub,
the history,the wild west, well,great writers,why they come here ,No
Name Pub. Real artist,Real Treasure hunters,Fisherman,and the trade no
one saw, all came. No one made a big deal who came or left.


No Name Pub history takes us far back to 1931 when we were a
general store
and bait and tackle shop.
We remained that way until 1936 when the owners added a
small room on to the
main structure which became an eatery. Thus the Pub was born.

Our early customers included people from all walks of life, world
travelers that arrived from the mainland via Ferry to the local
Fisherman. The late 1930s brought an interesting twist to
No Name Pub history.
In an effort to increase business the upstairs storage room was
converted into a Brothel. Unfortunately, the venture failed after
several years as the Fisherman were reported to be better looking than
the ladies.

The 1940s saw the end of the
Brothel and beginning of a real
Keys landmark.
Travelers (we had few tourists back then) and locals alike began to discover this quirky out of the way place.
The ladies would do their shopping in the general store as the men
would browse the bait and tackle shop, then kick back and have a beer
and sandwich in our eatery.
It was during the 1950s that the general store and bait and tackle shop closed.
The Pub was now 100% bar and restaurant.
No Name was added to the already Pub name and we became forever more the
No Name Pub.
No Name Pub
quickly became a Keys hangout.

Our honky tonk atmosphere of beer drinking, pool shooting and great food eating became known from
Miami To Key West.
The place would get so smokey and crowded the customers would spill out
into the backyard where dice, crap and card games would eventually
break out.
The old timers say the place never got raided because the Sheriff ran the dice games.
1960 brought about another addition for the better to the Pub.
It was during this era that our famous pizza was born. Two great cooks
from Italy brought their recipe with them when they worked here.
For over 40 years we still use
the same great recipe, we have to, when the cooks left they wrote the recipe on the kitchen wall so we would never forget.

The 1970’s and 80’s was the rowdy time
of our history.
Jimmy Buffett’s "Why don’t we get drunk and screw" played on the juke
box while people would drink, eat and dance to excess in the Pub.
There was a lot of illegal money passing
through the Keys back then and everyone
loved to spend it. They had so much
money in fact they started hanging it on our walls

As the new millennium arrived the rowdies grew up and the No Name Pub
became a place once again where people from all walks of life could
enjoy great food, cold beer and good conversation.
Our juke box is still here, the walls
are covered with a few more dollar bills and we are one of the last great
places with that old Florida Keys atmosphere.
"A nice place if you can find it."

As The Sign reads,this was true

Come inside the Hong Kong Willie Gallery! See

                   Today, the day after 2009 super bowl in Tampa, Thinking over what All,and i had talked about,or what was not.No Name Pub,why was it that so many famous people had found this mosquito infested island.,much less the pub. Was it because it set in some cove that pirates years ago found.

The first piece of art, Al, had heard, but where else. No Name Pub,
selling bells, made out of scuba tanks. What a tip bell. Old times late
70’s early 80’s when Bob Jordan found the Atocha. Bob a real treasure
hunter.,Pirates, No Name Key, and treasure.Al had been looking for some
time for the first piece of art.Was it to be or was it going to be like
Bob Jordan and the Keys. A short Link of Bob Jordan and the Atocha…
Bob Jordan After a dive at the end of Duval St, Like Old Times, a small gold ring we found.



About Hong Kong Willie

Artist Born for this time, Lived on a landfill as a child. Reuse Became the way of life. To read the story from the inception of the Name Hong Kong Willie. Famed, by the humble statements from the Key West Citizen, viable art from reuse has found its time. To Live a life in the art world and be so blessed to make a social impact. Artists are to give back, talent is to tell a story, to make change. Reuse is a life experience. Hong Kong Willie Art Gallery In Tampa, a reuse Art Gallery. Artist Kim,Derek,and Joseph. reuse artist that have lived the life and are meant for the green movement in the world. A gallery that was born for this time. Artist living a freegan life,art that makes a social statement of reuse. Media that has a profound effect in making the word green truly a movement of reuse in the world today and the future.
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