Pinup girls are to American traditional what chrysanthemums are to Irezumi — timeless and an absolute cornerstone of the style. Dating back to the 1950’s, tattooed pin-ups were first widely popularized during World War II by none other than tattoo legend Sailor Jerry. Today they’ve received a bit of a facelift, if you will, but no doubt look just as good as they did 66 years ago thanks to tattoo artist Jaclyn Rehe.
Based out of Chapel Tattoo in Melbourne, Australia, Rehe is breathing new life into traditional style pin-ups. While paying homage to their roots by depicting sailor girls, she also adds a bit of 2016 to them, by giving them pastel colored hair. Her folk band babes look as if they could be playing at The Living Room in Williamsburg, and....is that Audrey Horne from Twin Peaks? By remaining true to their American traditional style roots, and simultaneously bringing them into the now, Rehe has created absolutely adorable, albeit incredibly cheeky pinups that will delight for years to come.