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Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry


Sailor tattoos weren't always inked by people referred to as "artists." It wasn't until Norman Collins, better known as Sailor Jerry, imported sophisticated techniques from Japan and other Asian Pacific cultures that American tattooing got away from its muddiness and exploded with colors, shading and intricate designs. From his tattoo parlor in Honolulu's rowdy Hotel Street district, Sailor Jerry marked countless sailors and marines shipping out during World War II. In Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry, director Erich Weiss chronicles Collins' career through the eyes of a generation of tattoo artists he trained or influenced. Collins died in 1973, and Hori Smoku suffers from the lack of live footage of him, instead settling for nostalgic tales from his disciples. The film is full of salty characters, and the portrait of wartime Hawaii focuses less on the patriotic glory and more on the edgy abandon of servicemen preparing for war. Anyone interested in tattooing will appreciate the evolution of the craft in the United States after Sailor Jerry made his indelible mark on it. The screening is followed by music from Memphis punk outfit River City Tanlines. Call club for ticket information. — Will Coviello

Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry

7 p.m. Tue., Dec. 1

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;

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