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Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry: The Life of Norman K. Collins (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary | March 2008 (USA)
A look at the history of tattoos in America, featuring tattooing legend Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins.

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Erich Weiss
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Credited cast:
Joe Boyle Joe Boyle
Norman Keith Collins Norman Keith Collins ... Self
Philadelphia Eddie Funk Philadelphia Eddie Funk
Don Ed Hardy Don Ed Hardy
Michael Malone Michael Malone
Zeke Owen Zeke Owen
Bob Roberts Bob Roberts
Lyle Tuttle Lyle Tuttle
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A look at the history of tattoos in America, featuring tattooing legend Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins.

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Hori means (loosely) to carve in Japanese. The Master Japanese Tattoo Artists all held this title (example: Hori Kurasawa.) "Sailor Jerry" being a Master American Tattoo Artist, created a similar title for himself. As a tongue-in-cheek title when collaborating with Japanese artists, Norman Collins (a.k.a. Sailor Jerry) signed any letters/documents with the title of Hori Smoku, which is more of a play on Japanese pronunciation of English words. It essentially "translates" as Holy Smoke. See more »

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Fascinating!
17 February 2012 | by icreeemSee all my reviews

This is a brilliant documentary. Yes, I am also a tattoo artist, so I was delighted to find the Holy Grail of documentaries about the history of tattooing in America. I found it by linking to it from another excellent film from 1980, "Stoney Knows How"...about Stoney St. Claire, another historical figure of tattooing in this country. The narratives of Sailor Jerry's personally typed and VERY frank outlooks on life and people are hilarious, as is the daring use of the title theme, "Eff 'Em All". Appearances of notable figures of the industry offering their personal recollections are priceless (Don Ed Hardy, Eddie Funk, Mike Malone, Zeke Owens, Lyle Tuttle...all very famous and innovative artists). A fascinating look into the fascinating history of the most fascinating art form! Superb!


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