Author(s): Sailor Jerry Collins
Between 1940 and 1973, Norman Sailor Jerry Collins became known as the greatest practitioner of classic American tattooing. His masterful designs-featuring ships and beautiful girls, eagles, hearts, roses, and other now-familiar motifs-were widely imitated but rarely matched for boldness, elegance, and clarity. This wonderful collection of Sailor Jerry's own working patterns, known as flash art, is a treasure trove for tattoo fans as well as students of Americana and folk art. Each sheet of flash art is reproduced in full size in order to show the subtleties of detail and shading for which Collins was renowned. As today's tattoo renaissance spreads, there is a fast-growing appreciation of the artistic and cultural value of traditional designs like Sailor Jerry's-a fact to which Sailor Jerry Tattoo Flash is a surprisingly beautiful and wit-laced testament.