Tall ship sailor-turned-cartoonist Lucy Bellwood's gorgeous "The Art of the Sailor" is an informative guide to the meaning of sailor tattoos. It first appeared in Vancouver Maritime Museum's traveling exhibit, "Tattoos and Scrimshaw: the Art of the Sailor."
It's available as a signed and numbered letterpress print for $40:
Giclée art prints are available directly from the artist for $15 to $20.
This site has vintage photos of some of these tats (and others).
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Of all the service industries, tattooing naturally seems like a good one for crazy client stories, but some of these doozies would make even the most jaded inkslinger raise their eyebrows.
Tattoo by Roy Rowlett of Mama Tried Tattoo Parlour in Louisville, Ky.
LEWISINK, a 27-year-old artist based in France, does amazing geometric tattoos.
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