A look at the history of tattoos in America, featuring tattooing legend Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins.
Did You Know?
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