There is nothing more fashionable than an old-school pin up tattoo. Pin-up with its posters showing tempting girls with innocent smiles has become a symbol of a generation, and we are still willing to get a few posters from vintage stores, or make a tatoo to enjoy them today.
Do you know who inspired this type of art? Sailor Jerry. Take a look at some of his pin-ups that have become Sailor Jerry’s iconic tattoo art.
The term ‘pin-up‘ can refer to photography, paintings, or other illustrations that show an alluring woman in a sexy outfit. Pairing innocent faces featuring natural makeup with seductive outfits, this type of art boomed during World War II, mostly used to appeal to soldiers’, boost their morale and inspire them for battlefield success. The phrase’s etymology suggests that such pictures should’ve been pinned to the wall.
Let’s take a fascinating look at the history of tattooing with this great master of old-school tattoos. Jerry Collins (no, not the rugby player, another one) is considered the father of tattooing, and his pin-up tattoos have become very popular today.
At the beginning of the 20th century, only sailors and social deviants had tattoos. Jerry elevated the art of tattooing to a new level of respectability, perfecting sterilization methods.
He became famous for his tattoos of girls, demons, and devils and perfected the concept of pin-up girls whom he defined as the super sluts who could lead a sailor to perdition. Pin-up combined with alcohol, gambling, and fast cars could spell the undoing of a man.
His drawings portray sexy pin-up girls, an ideal combination of innocence and hotness. Use them as an inspiration for a pinup photo shoot, tattoo, or just as eye candy.
Take some inspiration from Jerry to create a pin-up tattoo that reflects your character the most.
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