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Sailor Jerry Tattoos

Jerry Collins is often referred to as the father of tattoo and was born in 1911, was a sailor for the most part of his life and died in 1973.  His st...

 

Jerry Collins is often referred to as the father of tattoo and was born in 1911, was a sailor for the most part of his life and died in 1973.  His style of tattoos including pin up girls, sailor emblems and his close links with Asian tattoo masters meant there was always an element of mysticism linked with his great sense of humour.

He started his tattoo art career at a time when tattoos had no place in the lives of anyone other than dirty bikers and salty sailors and over time he was able to help bring it into the realms of the average world with the addition of sterilization of equipment and labelling those who didn´t adhere to the standards as “scabby”.

So much of his art was cantered around the pin up with her sexy legs and penchant for champagne and high rollers.  The addition of sailor elements meant that it appealed to a wide range of people and the accent on sexy, sassy women become his trademark.

In his final years, Sailor Jerry taught his style to a range of artists including Ed Hardy and Mike Malone who presently own the rights to his collection of vintage flash art gallery of drawings.  The iconic style of his art has also adorned a range of products including Sailor Jerry Rum which is a drink that will give you hairs on your chest.