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TATTOO ARTIST (ONLY SKIN DEEP), 1944

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Saturday Evening Post cover March 4, 1944.

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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Norman Rockwell Museum Custom Prints offers exclusive custom reproductions of artworks in the collections and exhibitions of the Norman Rockwell Museum. Hand-made in the USA using gallery-quality materials, we create prints as true to the original work as possible, using strict color management protocols and state-of-the-art printing technology.

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Many of the works offered through this store are exclusive and not available anywhere else. We are continually adding new artworks to our offering, so be sure to check back regularly as you build your own gallery. A variety of molding styles means our custom framed prints can match any type of decor.