Friday, March 21, 2014

Sailor Jerry Tattoo God Father

A    L    O    H    A  !
“ People take 
different roads 
seeking fulfillment 
and happiness. 
Just because they’re 
not on your road 
doesn’t mean 
they’ve gotten lost. ”

 Dalai Lama

 "I never feel age...
If you have 
creative work, 
you don't have 
age or time."

Louise Nevelson

Rollo was running the shop
while I was driving my taxi
through these streets.
See my Hawaii taxi & life novel

was invented in Polynesia
and sailors were the first westerners
to get tattoos as mementos of their voyages.

Honolulu Town and her Harbor have been
Crossroads of the Pacific
since the 1700s,
especially for sailors.

A key figure in modern tattoo art
is Sailor Jerry
[Norman Keith Collins]
and he worked his iconic magic
right here in my town.
Down in Chinatown,
just off of Hotel Street,
Sailor Jerry tattooed many
many people, and his art
traveled around the world.
Much of what is familiar
about 20th Century skin art
flowed from his pen.
WWII insured that his
tattoos would "die"
in virtually every battle
of the Pacific,
and live
in every state of the USA.
[And Beyond]
Today, "his" shop
is still working it's art
albeit under a different name.

Do YOU have or want
a tattoo? Of What?

                       your tattooed lady, cloudia
Lydia The Tattooed Lady by The Muppets on Grooveshark


Bob Bushell said...

Hi tattoo girl, I love it.

Leovi said...

Wonderful photos! Exquisite capture leave on the first!

Adam said...

I don't have any nor want one

Laura said...

LOVE the Dalai Lama quote… tattoos are simply not my road.

Charles Gramlich said...

I used to consider tattoos but never found one I felt like I wanted to live forever with.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

I loved the Dalai Lama quote!

Duckbutt said...

A great post, with pictures and quotes.

No, no tattoos here.

The Weaver of Grass said...

That first quote reminds of the wonderful Robert Frost poem on the same subject.

Alice Audrey said...

I'm not a tattoo kind of gal, though I don't mind it on others. If I could wash them off and start again after a couple of years, it would be another matter.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I know some folks who love Sailor Jerry's rum.

Cloudia said...

Yes! The rum, ha ha!

Thanks EACH of YOU

Hattie said...

Cloudia the tattooed lady! Have a great weekend!

Elephant's Child said...

Love the Dalai Lama's wisdom. And am still considering what tattoo I could live with forever - and where...

Merlesworld said...

Tattoos make me laugh when the host gets old and the tattoo becomes distorted.

William Kendall said...

Sailor Jerry must have been quite a character.

No, I don't have any tattoos.

Cloudia said...

What jolly & thoughtful pals I enjoy!

Thanks EACH of you

Brian Miller said...

i do not...though i appreciate the art for sure...almost got one once...i still may have the that quote on each having our own pathes...

aloha from va

CQUEK said...

nice quote. thanks for sharing.