Sailor Jerry Collins
|Sailor Jerry Collins|
|Birth Date||14 January 1911|
|Birth Place||Reno, Nevada|
|Death Date||12 June 1973|
Sailor Jerry Collins (born January 14, 1911 as Norman Keith Collins), was a tattoo artist who worked in Hawaii after World War Two until he passed away in 1973. His tattoo work and designs have been used and studied by many artists since. The letters he wrote to Ed Hardy paint a personal portrait of a man who was a product of his era.
A lot about the man is documented in a book from Hardymarks Publications, Sailor Jerry Collins, American Tattoo Master (Book), ISBN: 0945367112 (Find this at Amazon.com).
Sailor Jerry contributed a lot to the tattoo artists of today and he lives on through the men he taught and the artwork he left for us.