Stewed, screwed and tattooed!

Stewed, screwed and tattooed!

Rockabilly is one of the first rock’n’roll music genres. It originated in the US in the 1950’s and has its roots in blues, blue grass and country music. Plenty can be said about the uniqueness of this genre and specific fashion culture associated with it. Women dress in well known 50’s pin up girl style. Whereas men  follow the style of Elvis – King of the rock’n’roll and wear quiff hairstyle and often decorate their body with artwork. Back in the 50’s tattoos were not as socially acceptable as they are now. It was the way of rebelling against the norms. Most of the modern fans of rockabilly are big enthusiasts of tattoos.

Rockabilly tattoo motifs - Sailor Jerry Style

Rockabilly tattoo motifs – Sailor Jerry Style

One of the prominent tattoo artists of the rockabilly culture was Sailor Jerry. He marked his place in the tattoo history for his vividly coloured and iconographic tattooing style.

 

This famous Hawaii artist mainly created tattoos on sailors and the main motifs were:

  • Bottles of booze
Bottle tattoo pattern for rocabilly men

Bottle tattoo pattern for rocabilly men

  • Snakes
snake rockabilly tattoo - Sailor Jerry

snake rockabilly tattoo – Sailor Jerry

  • Wildcats
Wildcat tattoo rockabilly style

Wildcat tattoo rockabilly style

  • The infamous “Aloha” monkey
Infamous aloha-monkey by Sailor Jerry

Infamous aloha-monkey by Sailor Jerry

  • Eagles, falcons and other birds of prey
Eagel tattoo Sailor Jerry Rockabilly

Eagel tattoo Sailor Jerry Rockabilly

  • Swallows
Sailor Jerry Swallow tattoo style

Sailor Jerry Swallow tattoo style

  • Nautical stars
Nautical star tattoo motif

Nautical star tattoo motif

  • Classically styled scroll banners
scroll-banner-tattoo
  • Knives, guns and other weapons
Rockabilly Sailor Jerry style knife tattoo patterns

Rockabilly Sailor Jerry style knife tattoo patterns

  • Dice
dice-tattoo
  • Anchors
Rockabilly anchor tattoo by Sailor Jerry

Rockabilly anchor tattoo by Sailor Jerry

  • Pin-up girls
Pin up girls tattoo patterns, rockabilly style tattoo

Pin up girls tattoo patterns, rockabilly style tattoo

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