into a piece of art for our home, than to paint a Sailor Jerry sign. For those of you who don't know who Sailor Jerry is, here is a little history lesson:
Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins (1911-1973) is considered the foremost American tattoo artist of his time. Arguably, he did more for the ancient art of tattoo than most any other single person. Sailor Jerry regarded tattoos as the ultimate rebellion against "the Squares". His legendary sense of humor is often reflected in his work-- but he was never one to compromise his professionalism or take his craft and responsibilities lightly. Sailor Jerry’s first studio was in Honolulu's Chinatown, then the only place on the island where tattoo studios were located. His work was so widely copied, he had to print "The Original Sailor Jerry" on his business cards. Sailor Jerry went out of his way to mentor those tattoo artists whose talents and attitude he respected, among them tattoo legends Don Ed Hardy and Mike Malone, to whom he entrusted his legacy of flash designs.
My husband has probably 20 or so Sailor Jerry design tattoos, so this sign, was in part a gift for my hubs and a momento of our trip to Hawaii. You can't really tell from the pictures, but this sign is pretty large; it's about 2.5 feet by 4 feet or so. It took me quite a while to paint - and possibly even longer to sandpaper it to rough it up and make it look old. But I am so happy with the final result!