Pens & Needles Interactive Newsletter

January 1, 2021

JANUARY 14th WE CELEBRATE THE 110th BIRTHDAY OF THE LATE SAILOR JERRY, A TATTOO ICON, AND LEGEND.

A name synonymous with the art of Tattoo, Norman Keith Collins aka Sailor Jerry is considered by many to be one of the most prominent and important tattoo artists in the history of the craft. Sailor Jerry made significant contributions to the art of tattooing. He expanded the array of colors available by developing his own pigments. He created custom needle formations that embedded pigment with much less trauma to the skin. He became one of the first artists to utilize single-use needles. His tattoo studio was one of the first to use an autoclave to sterilize equipment.

 

This month, we celebrate Jerry's Birthday by looking back on the iconic work that continues to define American tattoo culture to this day. Please enjoy his artwork, as well as the official documentary on his prolific career below!

JANUARY 15th WE CELEBRATE THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Martin Luther King Jr. lived an extraordinary life. At 33, he was pressing the case of civil rights with President John Kennedy. At 34, he galvanized the nation with his "I Have a Dream" speech. At 35, he won the Nobel Peace Prize. At 39, he was assassinated, but he left a legacy of hope and inspiration that continues today. 

 

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 18, 2021, is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. We encourage and support your engagement and accomplishments in Dr. King's memory. Find a volunteer opportunity at the link below:

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