By Kate Hellenbrand
American tattoo master Sailor Jerry Collins of Hawaii is renowned for his exceptional tattoo designs that seamlessly blend the elegance of Asian motifs with the iconic imagery of American tattoos.
Despite the widespread admiration for his work, the majority of Sailor Jerry’s creations have remained under the control of a select group of collectors, accessible only through museum exhibitions, art galleries, or limited-edition self-published books. Now, however, enthusiasts and art lovers alike can revel in a significant portion of Sailor Jerry’s stencils, the latest addition to the world of tattoo collectibles. This extensive collection encompasses the entirety of his illustrious tattoo career, spanning from the 1940s to the early 1970s. Within its pages lies the foundational linework of countless stunning designs that have become synonymous with Sailor Jerry’s artistry: captivating pinups, delicate roses, enchanting bluebirds, heartfelt hearts, dynamic banners, and, of course, his notorious military and political cartoons.
Each of these stencils was meticulously handcrafted by the master himself, using celluloid, vinyl, or acetate sheets, specifically for his thriving tattoo trade in downtown Honolulu. In essence, these stencils are permanent tattoos etched into plastic, enduring as timeless artifacts. Many bear the subtle remnants of charcoal dust from their last usage, an organic testament to their rich history. Furthermore, every stencil is proudly signed by Jerry, featuring one of his distinct and recognizable signatures.
A true rarity in its own right, this remarkable book stands alone as a comprehensive workbook for aspiring artists, providing valuable insights into Sailor Jerry’s techniques and an array of designs to ignite their creativity. Additionally, it serves as an indispensable catalog for aficionados of folk art history, chronicling Sailor Jerry’s profound impact on the evolution of tattoo culture. For those seeking to assess the worth of these invaluable stencils, the book includes an appraisal of their value, accompanied by detailed descriptions and explanations of their intended uses. Furthermore, a comprehensive glossary of tattoo terminology awaits, ensuring a thorough understanding of the art form. "Sailor Jerry" Collins of Honolulu, Hawaii, is arguably the greatest tattoo artist of the 21st Century. His best-known contributions are the now-classic designs . . . fat round roses, plump pin-ups, and scathing military/political cartoons. Now, in a second volume, more of his great stencils are reproduced. Hand-cut, hundreds of basic line works are printed here for the first time. The pages are perforated to make it easier for today's tattoo artist to display the work of this master.
Size: 9.0in x 12.0in | Pages: 80
| 338 tattoo stencils
Binding: Paperback / softback