A big salute to Sailor Jerry for inspiring this collection of traditional American tattoo artwork. Now you can enjoy the artistry of tattoos without suffering the pain. Or if you already have a tattoo and appreciate the artistry of American Traditional designs, then get this painting for any room in your home. It all started with Sailor Jerry.
Sailor Jerry was a former Navy man himself who had opened a tattoo shop just outside of Honolulu. Which happened to be a popular shore leave destination for millions of men serving in World War II. I think you’re starting to get the picture. It was on the backs, shoulders and arms of these servicemen that Sailor Jerry built his reputation and also changed the world of tattoos. Up until that time, tattoos in America were only seen in the lower social classes of society. Gang members, convicts, etc. But Sailor Jerry changed all that. WWII had enlisted millions of men that normally would be walking around wearing cardigan sweaters who suddenly found themselves thrust onto the battlefield and war zones. It was these men that also found themselves in Sailor Jerry’s tattoo shop. Jerry took what he had learned from Japanese tattoo masters and gave it an American facelift. He combined vivid colors with bold iconic lines to create a new Western artistry for tattoos.
Christians adopted the anchor as a symbol of hope in future existence because the anchor was regarded in ancient times as a symbol of safety. It kept us from drifting from the proper path. Much like an anchor is used on a ship. The anchor is dropped into the water and set to keep the boat from drifting away. So it’s no surprise that the anchor quickly became a popular tattoo among Navy servicemen. At sea, the anchor is the most secure object in a sailor’s life. This makes it the perfect representation of stability. That’s why you will often see an anchor tattoo emblazoned with the word “mom” or a girlfriend’s name as these are the people who keep them grounded. When you’re out at sea for weeks or months on end, it’s no surprise that some would prefer to be on dry land. The next best thing was an anchor tattoo on the arm. It served as a daily reminder to stay grounded. That the war would end soon.