Baxter's Blog

GALLERY—SAILOR JERRY SWALLOW

Posted in Gallery by misterroadtripper on June 24, 2010

“The old guys can’t draw,” is what the newcomers to the industry say. “Their pinups only had three toes. Those old-time tattoo artists didn’t know what they were doing.” Well, actually they did. When the waiting line was one hundred and fifty impatient sailors, Sailor Jerry Collins, for example, saved time by “suggesting” fingers and toes, rather than drawing in every line.

Here’s work by another great sailor, Sailor Jerry Swallow. This wonderful portrait hangs in my office. Don’t tell me that the “old guys” can’t draw.

—Bob Baxter



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