Hawaii Tattoo History: A Little Somethin’ Something About Sailor Jerry

“My works speaks for itself.” Sailor Jerry

At our Christmas party last week, we had a documentary playing in the background of one of tattoo’s legends…  No, not Tattoo Adam, who tattooed Mike Tyson, and has been in the game for almost twenty years.  Good guess since Tattoo Adam is the owner and founder of Honolulu tattoo studio, 434 Tattoo.

This blog takes a peak at Sailor Jerry, who sailed the Pacific and ended up settling in Hawaii.  The OG of Tattooists, Sailor Jerry had his own Oahu Tattoo shop, located on Smith Street.  Here’s another piece of Tattoo history and nostalgia that you may or may not know.

Sailor Jerry, who’s Tattoo Flash is popular to this day and a must in almost every shop, real name was Norm Collins.  He is actually buried in the Punchbowl Cemetary, a monument to Veterans here on the island of Oahu.  So next time you’re visiting our Waikiki Tattoo shop or the islands, you might want to pop over and pay respects to the the man who influenced a huge amount of tattooing today.

The clip above advertises the Sailor Jerry documentary we caught during the Christmas Party and we just wanted to share our love for a fellow Hawaii Tattoo artist, a Legend, and an inspiration to many of our tattooists and tattoo lovers.

And in case you can’t get enough of Tattoo Adam, we’re working on putting a documentary of him together (check out our Tattoo Videos).  Or you can also come down and hook up your own free consultation for a custom tattoo in Hawaii with him.

434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii


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