Current Location:
Mackinac (GVA) -> 2nd Floor (GVA Mackinac)
Location Notes:
GVA Mackinac; 2nd floor; Between rooms #5 and #8

Tattoo Artist

Artwork
Identifier:
2011.95.17
Artist:
Norman Rockwell
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Giclée
Date:
circa 2010
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 26 in Width: 20.5 in
Description:
A tattoo artist is adding a new tattoo to man's arm. The tattoo is the name "Betty" and comes after the names of 6 other women.
Historical Context:
Norman Rockwell's Tattoo Artist Saturday Evening Post cover was first published on March 4, 1944. The cover celebrates the "permanence" of body art, painted some 60 years before the nation's current tattoo craze. The illustration depicts a sailor who has fallen for several women in his day, and paid tribute to them on his arm. Continuing with the theme, 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.The original image is now part of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA.