White tee shirt. Grey pompadour. Tattooed all over. That was ball-busting Sailor Jerry.
Gelled blowout hair cuts. True Religion Jeans. And pointy shoes. NOT Sailor Jerry.
Thanks to the unimaginative work of Christian Audigier, today’s youth (and mid-life crisis stricken gentlemen) are brainwashed, and paying respects (and lots of money) to the wrong person!!
Sailor Jerry established a reputation for himself by tattooing some of the toughest, roughest and rowdiest sailors who came into port in Honolulu in the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and after. Often branding sailor’s forearms with pin-up girls, his knack for being able to symbolize a time of drunken excursions with busty females that only lasted for one night, quickly made him “the” tattoo artist to see.
And now, seemingly taken straight from Sailor Jerry’s flash sheets, Audigier has taken credit, and lost all meaning, to the work the Sailor has done.
So, the next time someone see’s your traditional Sailor Jerry inspired ink and says “oooh, nice Ed Hardy tattoo” – PUNCH THEM.