September 9, 2010

I don't blog anymore...

...but you can find me and my skull spoons at (skull spoons as always, $45, shipped free in a lovely gift box!)

November 28, 2009

Texas Icebergs

Pinky has been snapping pictures out of his car window for his series "Texas Icebergs."

July 12, 2009

Skull Spoons

Tom Sale's spoons to die for

10:50 AM CDT on Tuesday, June 30, 2009

By TRACY ACHOR HAYES / The Dallas Morning News

You might say Tom Sale is creating quite a stir. Working under the nom d'artiste Pinky Diablo, the incongruously mild-mannered Texan has immortalized his favorite skull motif in every form from subversive watercolors to delicately embroidered vintage linens.


But his signature – perhaps his legacy – is the skull spoon, a vintage sterling or silver-plated sipper transformed via Dremel tool, buffing wheel, jewelers rouge and twisted imagination into a symbol of our own impermanence.

"I think of them as memento mori," says Sale, whose workshop is the Ennis, Texas, farm he shares with wife, Dotty, and storefront is a booth at East Dallas vintage emporium Dolly Python. "We should be reminded of death, not be afraid of it. Maybe even laugh at it every now and then."

Cow skulls are a new addition. And Sale, er, Pinky, has recently begun to personalize spoons with dates or messages such as "Til Death Us Do Part." If you have a granny spoon in need of transformation, he'll do commissions for the same flat $45 he charges for spoons large or small. Because "if there's one thing Pinky believes," Sale stresses in a slow drawl, "it's that art should be reasonable."

Tracy Achor Hayes

Pinky Diablo skull spoons, $45 each, Dolly Python and

June 16, 2009

Dame Elizabeth Marchbasket

Famed Dame Elizabeth has agreed to come out of a lengthy seclusion to design the costumes for Pinky's opera, The Zoo Keeper's Lament. Dame Elizabeth was a powerhouse designer in the 1940's .

June 14, 2009

The Cows and the Peaches: a Little Ditty by Bruce Balentine and Pinky Diablo from 1970

Almost 40 years ago, nine year-old Pinky came up with the idea for a song, and his musician neighbor collaborated with him to create The Cows and the Peaches. It was recorded in 1970 in the Electronic Music Lab at North Texas late one night by Bruce, Jim and Douglas Balentine. Pinky and Bruce are working together on Pinky's latest opera, The Zoo Keeper's Lament. (Still looking for our wealthy patroness!)

May 25, 2009


Pinky's new toilet paper holder for his newly remodeled bathroom.

Pinky's New Sunday School Class

May 7, 2009

The Long Walk Home

When Uncle Poot finished at the factory and headed home, he could always tells when he rounded FM 101 whether Marda Lee (wife #16) was in a foul mood or not.

Birthing Chariot

This is the chariot that carried Granny D to the hospital when she went into labor with Pinky. It took too long to replace some of the wilted flowers when the call came, and as a result, the chauffeur had to pull over and let Granny D out to give birth to Pinky in a corn field. There is a historical marker at the site. 

May 2, 2009

Poor Nadine

Nadine's hurt ankle kept her from performing her acclaimed fan dance at the local Bluebonnet Festival. It did not, however, keep her from leaping on stage and ruining Pinky's lecture on aquarium care.

April 23, 2009

Pinky's New Public Position

Pinky has been elected mayor of his small town. There is only a church, a barn, and a three story brothel. This is his official portrait which will hang in his office in the brothel's attic.

Pinky Loves Cows

April 22, 2009

Pinky Diablo: Saviour to All Quilters

Pinky's a marketing genius. He has bought 1,000,000 spools of salvage white thread, unrolled them all, died them in hip jewel tones and repackaged them. They will be for sale at Dolly Python soon for only $1.50 each. These are not just for sewing, but will soon become collectors items. Pinky is hoping to sell all one million spools by May 1.

March 23, 2009

February 1, 2009

Religion and Wires

Dear Jesus,

I get it. You think I have to many cables in my life and you keep striking my laptop down! I am giving it up for a while and trying to live with fewer cables and wires. I can't give up the internet or email or facebook yet, but if you keep smiting me....who knows! FYI--I am working on a borrowed computer and am panicked about how to show my art appreciation students pretty pictures without my laptop. Any ideas, big guy? Also, all the cow dissecting going on here has lead us to many meals of tofu. Was that in your master plan? It's not that great, but we're dealing with it. Thank your Dad again for anti-depressants. --Yours Truly, Pinky D

January 25, 2009

Pinky Can Only Hope

Pinky wants a lot of weeping and wailing at his funeral. Will Miss Love have to hire professional wailers, or does Pinky have enough hillbilly followers to put on a good show (complete with speaking in tongues)?

January 18, 2009

A Photo from Pinky's Bathroom

Garlic Powder Cowboy

Inauguration 2009

Miss Love has been working diligently on her celebratory inauguration obelisk. Pinky just hopes it's ready by Tuesday!

January 12, 2009

Pinky Saved by Strong Ladies

Ladies were called in to pull Pinky from his cistern. He leaned in a bit to far trying to look at a frog.

January 7, 2009

A Nadine Valentine

Pinky has been finding Nadine's belongings at the local thrift store. Is Nadine downsizing? Is she disposing of her things to begin a spiritual quest?

Tiny Murder (True Story)

Pinky sold this piece (In the Time of Adam) several years ago. The owner recently tracked Pinky down on Facebook to report that his house had been burgled and the tiny man thrown from the dinosaur and chopped in half. The upper body was never found. Pinky spent days wondering if the police set up a tiny yellow ribbon around the crime scene. Pinky has found a replacement figure in Canada, and as soon as a tiny airplane can be found, the piece will be repaired.