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Sailor Jerry Style Traditional Tattoos by
Jason Paul specializes in old school genuine electric traditional style tattooing. While many tattoo artists do traditional tattoos, Jason Paul’s skill and style really embody the old masters like Sailor Jerry and Burt Grim. Jason Paul’s style is that of the old school legends but with the advantage of modern machine upgrades and modern pigments giving the traditional tattoos cleaner looks and more colorful distinction for a true tattoo. You can find hotdog Eddy the olde world pirate themed shoppe Studio City Tattoo!
Old School Tattooing From the High Seas!
Jason Paul’s (Hot Dog Eddy) style is that of the traditional masters but with the advantage of modern machine upgrades and modern pigments giving the traditional tattoos cleaner looks and more colorful distinction. His tattoo has that clean crisp solid look and feel of a time gone by. If you love American electric tattooing then Hotdog Eddy is your man!. Jason Paul’s Style is a real good fit for our olde world style tattoo shop Studio City Tattoo in Los Angeles, Studio City, California
Hot Dog Eddy
Sailor Jerry a legend!
Yet through it all, Jerry’s old-school tattoo influence is more pervasive than ever — his style, color palette, and technical innovations remain an indelible part of the tattoo world. Jerry’s flash designs remain wildly popular at tattoo shops everywhere. And the union of boldness and complexity Jerry achieved with his work continues to be a hallmark of the form.
No matter how much tattooing has evolved, the basics haven’t changed. It hurts. And it doesn’t go away. It still takes a certain amount of guts to mark yourself for the rest of your life. Which is exactly how it ought to be.
SAILOR JERRY WAS BORN NORMAN COLLINS, BUT CHOSE TO DEFINE HIMSELF ON HIS OWN TERMS. HE SIMPLY WASN’T ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE BORN TO LIVE A MIDDLE-OF-THE-ROAD LIFE AND HE KNEW IT. BACK IN THE 1920’S, WHEN COLLINS CAME OF AGE, TATTOOING WAS AN EXPRESSION THAT BELONGED TO AN EMERGING AMERICAN COUNTERCULTURE. IT WAS A MARK OF NOT BLINDLY FOLLOWING THE MAINSTREAM – OF CHOOSING TO LIVE OUTSIDE THE LINES.
Bert Grimm opened his shop Expert Tattoo in the 1950’s, which is still the longest running continuously operated tattoo shop in the USA. Grimm is known for producing many original tattoo designs that have become classics and are still tattooed today.
Classic flash by Bert Grimm
Another well-known tattooer from the Pike was Owen Jensen. Jensen worked with Grimm at his shop through the 50’s and 60’s,
Sailor Tattoo Meanings
During the age of sail, the commerce and defense of a nation depended upon the great square-rigged warships and the men who sailed them. Below are but a few of the popular tattoos of a seaman’s life.
HOLD, on the knuckles of one hand and FAST, on the other. This is said to help the seaman to better hold the riggings.
A PIG, on the top of one foot and a ROOSTER, on the other. This is said to protect the seaman from drowning, because both of these barnyard animals cannot swim so they would get the seaman quickly to shore.
An ANCHOR showed the seaman had sailed the Atlantic Ocean.
A FULL-RIGGED SHIP showed the seaman had sailed around Cape Horn.
A DRAGON showed the seaman had served on a China station.
A SHELLBACK TURTLE denotes a seaman who has crossed the equator.
A GOLDEN DRAGON denotes a seaman who has crossed the International Date Line.
PORT & STARBOARD ship lights were tattooed on the left (port) and right (starboard) side of the body.
ROPE, tattooed around the wrist meant the seaman was a deckhand.