Norman Keith “Sailor Jerry” Collins

Norman Keith “Sailor Jerry” Collins

Birth
Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, USA
Death 12 Jun 1973 (aged 62)
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot 124/Section T
Memorial ID 16449022 · View Source
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Tattoo Artist. Better known as Sailor Jerry. He is considered by many to be the grandfather of old school tattoo art. Jerry Collins joined the United States Navy at age 19 to be able to see the world and remained a sailor all his life. He soon became enamored with the art of tattoo and began to study this art in Southeast Asia. He began using sterile needles and mixing his own colors, techniques that are now widely used today. He soon had quite a reputation for his bold colors, his extreme attention to detail (ships rigging, etc.) and very attractive flash that feature buxom women, anchors and panthers, pirates. He started a style trend that was a large part of the sailors underworld culture. He opened his first tattoo shop in Honolulu's Chinatown. He was the skipper of a large three-masted schooner, which conducted tours of the Hawaiian islands. Sailor Jerry was also widely known as the host of his own night talk show on KTRG radio, where he broadcast as "Old Ironsides."
His flash and artwork now extends into Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, clothing, handbags and special limited edition converse sneakers all owned and protected by www.sailorjerry.com


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  • Created by: Leanne Keefer Bechdel
  • Added: 3 Nov 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 16449022
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Norman Keith “Sailor Jerry” Collins (14 Jan 1911–12 Jun 1973), Find a Grave Memorial no. 16449022, citing National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Leanne Keefer Bechdel (contributor 46601597) .