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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.


Erich Weiss




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


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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Everything a tattooist wants to know of the old days.
1 October 2011 | by oz_rally_girlSee all my reviews

I honestly loved this documentary. I'm not the biggest documentary fan, I find once I get into it I enjoy it but often can't remain interested. I am a bit biased though, being a tattooist of four years(not long, I know). This movie to me is so uplifting and inspirational. There is still a few shops out there that aren't in shopping malls.. While I appreciate the boom of tattoo popularity since it keeps me and mine fed and warm at night, I can also appreciate the back-alley "criminal- feeling" side to the tattoo industry and there are still men and women out there doing it with that old school style and approach. Some people do not like this, they might think the shop is sleazy if the tattooists are kind of like rough modern-day sailors. I for one embrace it while I can't claim to walk on the same side as these men and women, I appreciate what they are doing. To me this documentary is a film I will watch whenever I've had a rough day. The kind where you just want to hang up your machines and lop your hands off for whatever reason. To me it is a reminder of why I love tattoos and tattooing and for that I thank everyone in the film, and mostly of all Mr Hoku Smoku Sailor Jerry Collins. Lived fast, died young as many of us would.

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