Norman Rockwell's Tattoo Artist Saturday Evening Post cover celebrates the "permanence" of body art, painted some 60 years before the nation's current tattoo craze. The humorous illustration depicts a sailor who has fallen for several women in his day, and paid tribute to them (if temporarily) on his forearm. Continuing with the theme of the illustration, Rockwell also created a very clever background for the painting, consisting of popular tattoo designs. Created while living in Arlington, Vermont, Rockwell called on his friend and fellow illustrator Mead Schaeffer to pose as the tattoo artist.
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