You Promised Me A Rose Garden Print


This is Captain Costentenus – A Greek Albanian who travelled to China in 1867 on a mining expedition with two companions. A rebellion arose and they were all taken prisoner and subjected to a 3 month tattooing session as punishment!

One day a stranger appeared and took pity on the tattooed man and gave him a magical rose head garland to make him feel better. His jealous friends thought they were promised a rose garden too but one just got a daffodil…”Golden Shower” The other thought the Captain was a massive Wanaka…

Both Costentenus’s companions died trying to escape. The Captain got back to Europe and joined Barnums “New and Greatest Show on Earth” touring America as the Tattooed Man in 1876 earning $100 a day.

Limited Edition of 50

Signed, numbered and blind stamped by the ‘Extraordinary Print Bureau’.

In stock



September 2021

405 x 505mm

Hand cut collage.
Front cover of July’s issue of Good On Paper. Pick up your copy today.

Signed, numbered and blind stamped by ‘The Extraordinary Print Bureau’.

The paper we use for our prints is Platinum Etching 285 Signature Paper.

Platinum Etching 285 is 100% acid free, fine art paper with a velvety, textured surface. A natural white base and state of the art ink-receiving layer, delivers a high D-MAX and wide colour gamut. Platinum Etching is 25% cotton and 75% alpha-cellulose. When used in conjunction with pigment inks, the paper will ensure a print life of more than 85 years.