Hori Smoku

From the Baltimore City Paper:

Fascinating fun.

Writer/director Erich Weiss’ Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry tells the life story of the man born Norman Collins, who took to the seas and eventually became known as “Sailor Jerry,” a pioneer in American tattooing.

In the course of telling his story, Hori Smokualso presents an evolution of American tattoo styles over the course of the 20th century, from its early 20th-century roots in “fringe” figures through its rise among military men and eventual flowering into a subcultural art form.

People who actually know tattooing history are going to be more qualified to judge the version of American tattooing presented here, but for a lay person, it’s engrossing as hell.


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