Thursday, March 17, 2011
Honey of the Day
I adore this Norman Rockwell painting called "The Tattooist."
It was used as The Saturday Evening Post cover on March 4, 1944.
Don't you just love how this crafty little sailor is crossing out his past "Honeys" ... making room for the new ones?
I wonder if he ever ran out of space!? ;)
Rockwell apparently used his neighbor Clarence Decker, great name by the way, as a model for the sailor. And for the actual tattoo machine, he borrowed one from the famous New York / Bowery tattooist, Al Neville.
His attention to detail and desire for accuracy is just fantastic, and this piece is a perfect example of the idealistic essence of vintage Americana. I thought all you Rockabilly folks would love this one!