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‘Sailor Jerry,’ Shaped Future Of Tattooing In U.S.

In the midst of paradise’s sewer there worked a master of innovation and craft. If the tattoo machine were a guitar, Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins would be Les Paul. By being the first Western tattooist to establish and maintain direct contact with master Asian tattooists, including Horiyoshi II of Tokyo and Pinky Yun of Hong Kong, Collins is the skinsmith most responsible for establishing American tattooing as an art form, not just permanent souvenirs for drunken sailors