The US Navy used to forbid “obscene” tattoos, which led to a boom in tattoos of nude women among men who didn’t want to serve. If they joined the navy later, they had to have a tattoo artist “dress” the woman.

Sailor tattoos

Tattooed sailor aboard the USS New Jersey

Sailor tattoos refer to a type of tattoo traditionally favored by sailors and the traditions that accompany these tattoos. “Old school” tattoos were common among sailors, depicting images like swallows on either side of the chest, girls in sailor hats, and pairs of dice. Sailor Jerry’s work typified this style of tattooing during the early-mid twentieth century. After falling out of style for several decades, these stylized tattoos are regaining popularity again among young people, both sailors and non-sailors.[citation needed] They are particularly favored among tattoo artists themselves. This returning trend is also seen in the increasing popularity of traditional Sailor Jerry designs, nautica… Continue Reading

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_tattoos

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