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Sailor Jerry and Food Tattoos

7 June 2010 6,014 views 4 Comments

I was recently invited by the folks that make Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum to a media preview dinner to  check out a documentary on Sailor Jerry at Frank. In case you haven’t heard of him, Sailor Jerry was a tattoo artist in Hawaii during WWII — a time when he left his mark on many a drunk and/or love sick enlisted man.

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Sailor Jerry documentary and a wonderful ginger beer and spiced rum cocktail.

Starting this weekend, there will be FREE public viewings in cities across the country of  “Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry: The Life and Times of Norman Keith Collins.”

Written and directed by Erich Weiss, who we met at Frank, the film uses old photos and interviews with people who knew and worked with Sailor Jerry to provide a fascinating look into the early days of modern tattooing.

While Erich told us he doesn’t have any Sailor Jerry-style tattoos, he did let me take a photo of one food-related tattoo on his right bicep.

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Writer/Director Erich Weiss' Tattoo

Always one to enjoy a good food tattoo and because it’s peach season in Texas, I also took a photo of our waitresses’ peach on the top of her foot. She told me she got it because she’s from Georgia.

georgia peach tattoo

After feasting on delicious waffle cheese and gravy fries, drinking special Sailor Jerry Cocktails, and watching the documentary with the writer/director providing live commentary, we each got to take home a bottle of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum.

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You can check out “Hori Smoku” for free at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz on Sunday, June 13 or Monday, June 14 at 10 p.m. Just RSVP here.

I’ll also be giving away two tickets to a Sailor Jerry VIP screening event (date and time TK) that will include local BBQ and live music by Honky.

For a chance to win, leave a comment with what kind of tattoo you wish you had the cojones to get. Some of my favorites are here.

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  • sinda

    The first time I saw one of their bottles, I told my friend that they should put temp. tattooes on the back of the label. How tapped into the Sailor Jerry zeitgeist am I???

    Hm, what tattoo would I get? Absolutely not one – my sister has enough tattooes for both of us :)

  • jodibart

    That's such a good marketing idea, Sinda! Let me know if you would like to attend the VIP event. It is this Saturday, June 12 at the Mohawk starting at 3 p.m.

  • jodibart

    That's such a good marketing idea, Sinda! Let me know if you would like to attend the VIP event. It is this Saturday, June 12 at the Mohawk starting at 3 p.m.

  • jodibart

    That's such a good marketing idea, Sinda! Let me know if you would like to attend the VIP event. It is this Saturday, June 12 at the Mohawk starting at 3 p.m.