In 2015 Scott and Kayla of Colorado’s Yellow Beak Press released a comprehensive book on the life, times and art of Sailor Vern Ingemarsen (which can be found here: Yellow Beak Press) and they’ve just recently loaned me a copy of an obscure tattoo film called ‘TATTOO TOTEM’ that belonged to Calamity Jane. I’m in the process of capturing, editing and preserving the contents the whole video, but this first clip was too good to wait for the finished archival so we decided to let the cat out of the bag a little early.
The VHS- which was provided to Yellow Beak by Aaron LeGore- has some audio and tracking issues which I’ve done my best to fix. All things considered, given it’s age, it’s held up fairly well and is a great chance to put a voice to Sailor Vern.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out Sailor Vern by Yellow Beak Press.. treat yourself. Like all of the YBP books it’s made by and for the tattoo community and their dedication to collecting stories from it’s golden age.