Sailor Jerry Would Be Rolling In His Grave

The Tattoo artists are rolling in their graves

A few decades ago, tattoos used to be a sign you were a degenerate. They used to be reserved for people in gangs or bikers. Sure, there was the acceptable army or navy tattoo, or maybe that one crazy picture you got on your back that one drunk night; but now they are much more commonplace.

As long as there isn’t a giant skull on your neck, tattoos have really been accepted into society. Just look at shows like “Ink Master” on cable T.V. and the starlets like Angelina Jolie.

Maybe they have become too commonplace. Tattoo artists like Sailor Jerry were true masters of the art, famous for their legendary work and pioneering the field. Now you see Sailor Jerry Rum ads all over the place. Soccer moms are wearing Ed Hardy (who was Jerry’s protégé) T-shirts emblazoned with rhinestone and sparkles.

(Banned from clubs everywhere)


Sailor Jerry had set up shop in the red-light district of Honolulu, and focused his business on hard-drinking and brawling sailors. He famously told the Hawaii Five-O television producers to take a hike when they wanted to film him in a segment. 

(The Real Sailor Jerry)

It’s ironic how these tattoos have invaded pop-culture now. Sailor Jerry would be rolling in his grave. That’s why it’s even more interesting to have the real story behind these artists at Lift Trucks. Log on and learn the real story about these guys from our site: and Tattoo Archives from our friend Chuck Eldridge