Sailor Jerry’s Tattoo Stencils
American tattoo master Sailor Jerry is best known for his remarkable tattoo designs, blending the fluidity of Asian motifs into classic American tattoo imagery. Until now, most of Sailor Jerrys work has been controlled by a handful of collectors, seen only at museum or art gallery exhibitions or in short-run, self-published books. Here is a sizeable portion of Sailor Jerrys stencils, the newest tattoo collectible, spanning his tattoo career, from the 1940s to the early 1970s.
The basic line work of hundreds of his staple and surprisingly beautiful designs pin-ups, roses, bluebirds, hearts, and banners, and Jerrys infamous military and political cartoons. The stencils themselves were handcut in celluloid, vinyl or acetate sheets by the master himself for use during his day-to-day thriving tattoo trade in downtown Honolulu. 80 pp.