The pimp and art / El pimpi y arte

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LULU’S BACK IN TOWN AND she met us for coffee Thursday morning, which made our day so much brighter. Just as we were finishing our visit, San Geraldo’s phone rang, the delivery guy was 5 minutes away with our books. Perfect timing since we were only 3 minutes away from home.

The books are better than either of us ever imagined when San Geraldo first thought up the idea of writing a history of his Lowell family line and its various contemporary extensions. I’ll share photos in the coming days.

I’m thinking of heading back to Málaga for another wander next week. So good to spend time again in the beautiful, historic, diverse city. Today’s photos are a tiny bit of the art that can be seen around town.

The final photo is a statue of “El Pimpi” outside the restaurant of the same name. Judyshannon and I had lunch at the restaurant several years ago and it lived up to its reputation as one of the best, coolest, and most popular in Málaga. El Pimpi/Los Pimpis are said to have been impromptu guides who welcomed early tourists (and sailors) arriving in the port. It’s said they showed the tourists around town, took them to restaurants and flamenco halls — among other less savory (or more savory) places. It’s suggested the name was picked up from the English word “pimp.”

One day, we’ll have another meal there and I’ll do an entire post on the building and the neighborhood, the old Jewish quarter, which is opposite the Roman amphitheatre and below the Alcazaba (the Moorish fort). But back to the art.


LULU ESTÁ DE VUELTA EN la ciudad y se reunió con nosotros para tomar un café el jueves por la mañana, lo que hizo que nuestro día fuera mucho más brillante. Justo cuando terminábamos nuestra visita, sonó el teléfono de San Geraldo, el repartidor estaba a 5 minutos con nuestros libros. Momento perfecto ya que estábamos a solo 3 minutos de casa.

Los libros son mejores de lo que cualquiera de nosotros imaginó cuando a San Geraldo se le ocurrió por primera vez la idea de escribir una historia de la línea de su familia Lowell y sus diversas extensiones contemporáneas. Compartiré fotos en los próximos días.

Estoy pensando en volver a Málaga para dar otro paseo la próxima semana. Es tan bueno pasar tiempo nuevamente en la hermosa, histórica y diversa ciudad. Las fotos de hoy son una pequeña muestra del arte que se puede ver en la ciudad.

La foto final es una estatua de “El Pimpi” afuera del restaurante del mismo nombre. Judyshannon y yo almorzamos en el restaurante hace varios años y estuvo a la altura de su reputación como uno de los mejores, más cool y más populares de Málaga. Se dice que El Pimpi/Los Pimpis fueron guías improvisados ​​que dieron la bienvenida a los primeros turistas (y marineros) que llegaban al puerto. Se dice que mostraban a los turistas por la ciudad, los llevaban a restaurantes y salas de flamenco — entre otros lugares menos sabrosos (o más sabrosos). Se sugiere que el nombre se tomó de la palabra inglesa “pimp” (un hombre que controla a las prostitutas y les consigue clientes, tomando a cambio un porcentaje de sus ganancias).

Algún día volveremos a comer allí y haré un post entero sobre el edificio y el barrio, la antigua judería, que está enfrente del anfiteatro romano y debajo de la Alcazaba. Pero volvamos al arte.

• In a different neighborhood, but one of my favorite sights.
• En un barrio diferente, pero uno de mis lugares favoritos.
• Be sure to zoom in on the thumbnail at the end.
• Asegúrese de ampliar la miniatura al final.
• With Restaurant El Pimpi in background, statue of Málaga-born Solomon ibn Gabirol, 11th-century Jewish Andalusian poet and philosopher with “an irrascible temperament.”
• Con el Restaurante El Pimpi de fondo, la estatua del malagueño Solomon ibn Gabirol, poeta y filósofo judío andaluz del siglo XI con “un temperamento irrascible”.
El Pimpi

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32 thoughts on “The pimp and art / El pimpi y arte”

    1. David:
      I agree. Those streets and alleys, without the murals, would be dreary. And those “acrobats” make a charming neighborhood even more charming.

  1. Now you have my attention! This art has grabbed my attention indeed. Love the rusty El Pimpi. Waiting patiently for more enlightenment. Yeah, the book is ready, high 5 SG! Of course yourself too!

    1. Ron:
      Finally! I’ve been trying for more than 11 years to grab your attention. Really, I’ll have to do more walking art tours of Málaga. There is so much to see. I am so proud of admiring of SG to see what he imagined and realized. Very exciting.

    1. Debra:
      I need to do walking tours and focus completely on the art of Málaga. It’s everwhere and so diverse. Plus, there are so many museums.

  2. To me, the face changes from female on the left side to male on the right side if you look at each half separately. Very beautiful and very cool.
    It’s great that the book lived up to expectations! Looking forward to seeing more of it.

    1. Wilma:
      The Picassoesque mural is fascinating to study. Waiting for good sunlight on the terrace to take some artful photos of the book. It’s been overcast. We even had rain (and the glass curtain is no longer crystal clear).

  3. LOVE the art which appears to be everywhere! The ‘high wire’ act/art is wonderful!
    Looking forward to seeing SG’s book. You guys must be SO proud. Good on both of you.

    1. Jim:
      The art IS everywhere in Málaga. That will be my next project. We are both a bit overwhelmed with the fact that the book is here.

    1. Bob:
      Well, you now know what to wear if you want to welcome a sailor into port. We await your arrival.

  4. The art is wonderful! The paintings all look so three dimensional. My favorite is the little pole (?) walking critters. So creepily whimsical. S.G. Lowell would be a nice pseudonym if Grumpy Bear ever goes into writing fiction. The good kind, not the deliciously smutty stuff that I read. Congrats again.

    1. Deedles:
      I had considered changing MY name to M.Scott Lowell. That would be a good pseudonym, don’t you think? My friends could call me Scoot. My favorites are also the “pole dancers.”

      1. That would be an excellent nom de plume, Scoot. I picture you in a smoking jacket holding an (empty) pipe in your teeth while typing out a story. Using an old typewriter instead of a keyboard. So intellectual and sexy. See. I don’t just crush on SG. Don’t worry, as stalkers go, I’m totally harmless!

      2. Deedles:
        I know you’re a fairly incompetent stalker, since you don’t DO planes. But I’m grateful for the crush just the same. It’s reciprocated. When I was a teen, I used to imagine owning a smoking jacket. I wanted to look like Hef. (What was I thinking?)

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      Is it possible Los Pimpis still exist? They can add La Pollería to their list of “attractions.”

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      The acrobats are my favorite in the city, and there’s so much good public art.

  5. Hello, handsome Coca-Cola delivery man!

    LOVE the creatures performing their gymnastics, and the mural evokes Picasso but with a more realist style. If that makes sense. Perhaps that’s the intent.

    I’ve only just realized that you put thumbnails at the end of your posts so we can enlarge the photos. I never got that before.

    Glad the books came out well!

    1. Steve:
      You noticed! That guy works at El Pimpi, the restaurant. I thought it would be fun to grab a shot of the mural on that street with people passing (which they were constantly doing). I had no idea I was catching someone so aesthetically pleasing. I really should remind people why the thumbnails are there! I used to say “click on the yadayadayad,” but I’d gotten lazy. Will start doing that again.

  6. Can’t wait to be in Spain again! Eight weeks today, I’ll be in Barcelona and hope to post some thrilling photos on my blog. Books: I recently published an e-book on Amazon: “The Camino Diaries” by Margaret Mellor. Even an e-book is exciting!

    1. Margaret Butterworth:
      It’s always nice to see a comment from you. Have I never known you have a blog? I’m so sorry. It looks like I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. When I’m back in the house, I will add yours to my reading list so I don’t miss it. Meanwhile, so excited for you and your trip to Barcelona. Will check out The Camino Diaries, too. Congratulations on that!

  7. It’s always curious to see what can be done/pulled off there that wouldn’t last a minute here or not even get to the approval level.

    1. Urspo:
      Absolutely. Sioux Falls, South Dakota was gifted a fine reproduction of Michelangelo’s David many years ago. First, they covered his parts with a fig leaf (or maybe it was an elm leaf). Then they hid him behind trees.

    1. tobyo:
      Thanks so much for your visit and comment. I just took a quick look at your most recent post and I love it. Will have to explore later. I know nothing of Las Lagunillas, although I’ve walked around the edge of the neighborhood without knowing. I can’t wait to explore. Thanks!

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