CHINATOWN Shops, Washington D.C.
I didn't expect to find a famous Chinese artist living in Chinatown. Dai Tie Sheng is recognized in China as a genius of calligraphy and master seal carver. He is also a poet and writer and his works have been published in hundreds of newspapers.
Mr. Dai can help you translate your name into Chinese, which is then written and framed into a small souvenir or gift. On the occasion of President Obama's inauguration he carved Obama's image into a stone seal and inscribed souvenir mementos with the Chinese word for "change".
Aside from Dai's calligraphy, you can also purchase original paintings from other famous artists in China. This is an extraordinary opportunity to decorate your home with a true masterpiece of Chinese classical art.
For a glimpse of some paintings, please look at the accompanying photos.
What to buy: Paintings, seal carvings, stone carvings, ink and brush supplies
What to pay: Paintings range in price from $60 for calligraphy to $1500 or more for famous artists