Happy Birthday, Sailor Jerry

Celebrating the birthday of the late Sailor Jerry, a tattoo icon and legend.

Perhaps the most classic tattoo of all time. Traditional Roses.
Perhaps the most classic tattoo of all time. Traditional Roses.

If you've ever spent a fair amount of time in a tattoo shop, you have most definitely come across a Sailor Jerry flash sheet, or design.  A name synonymous with the art of Tattoo, Norman Keith Collins aka Sailor Jerry is considered by many to be one of the most prominent and important tattoo artists in the history of the craft.

This week, we celebrate Jerry's 105th Birthday by looking back on the iconic work that  continues to define American tattoo culture to this day. Please enjoy his artwork, as well as the official documentary on his prolific career below!

Classic Sailor Jerry Cilpper Ships are still tattooed this way.
Classic Sailor Jerry Cilpper Ships are still tattooed this way.
Gypsy girls, Nautical stars, Roses, Peacocks and a Holy Cross - for good measure.
Gypsy girls, Nautical stars, Roses, Peacocks and a Holy Cross - for good measure.
A classic Americana take on Japanese motifs, such as Geisha & Dragons.
"I have been studying Japanese comic books-some of these guys can really portray motion and action. I think we can learn a lot from them." - Sailor Jerry
A classic Americana take on Japanese motifs, such as Geisha & Dragons. "I have been studying Japanese comic books-some of these guys can really portray motion and action. I think we can learn a lot from them." - Sailor Jerry

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Iconic Jerry Pin-up Girls
Iconic Jerry Pin-up Girls
Tattoo flash for servicemen - made by Sailor Jerry
Tattoo flash for servicemen - made by Sailor Jerry
"Bold simplicity is the keynote to good design." -Sailor Jerry
"Bold simplicity is the keynote to good design." -Sailor Jerry

Those interested, can watch the full "Hori Smoku" Sailor Jerry Movie below ...

"Sometimes I wonder how I ever got mixed up in all this in the first place." -Sailor Jerry
"Sometimes I wonder how I ever got mixed up in all this in the first place." -Sailor Jerry

"If you don't think you have balls enough to wear a tattoo, don't get one. But don't try to make excuses for yourself by knocking the fellow who does!" Signed, "Thank you...Sailor Jerry,"

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