SxSW '08 Interview – Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry director Erich Weiss
By Jason Whyte
"If you really want a true classic tattoo you'd have to go back in time and head to the humid, drunken streets of Chinatown, Honolulu. That's where you'd find Sailor Jerry Collins.
Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry is the first film of its kind, about the roots of American tattooing, told through the wild eyes of the men who pioneered this pure form of American folk art and were influenced by its most famous artist, Norman K. "Sailor Jerry" Collins.
START YOUR ENGINES All right, so there will be no Thomas Haden Church at this Friday's Texas Film Hall of Fame, as I recently announced, but we will have the charming Luke Wilson instead. And I forgot to mention that ZZ Top will be honored. With celebs like Debra Winger, Morgan Fairchild, Dan Rather, Tess Harper, Mike Judge, and others, this year's event promises to be très fabuloso. Rumor has it that there may still be some single tickets available ($500), so see the lineup at www.austinfilm.org, and contact Shannon Moody at 322-0145 x222.
The Austin Chronicle has been giving the Hori Smoku film tons of hype. Check out the SXSW listing and the photo of Sailor Jerry in the top right.
In this outtake from the film Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry, legendary tattoo artist "Crazy" Philadelphia Eddie Funk describes the heyday of tattooing on Hotel Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. For more information visit: http://horismokumovie.com Writer/Director: Erich Weiss Executive Producer: Steven Grasse Synopsis Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry is a feature length documentary exploring the roots of American tattooing through the life...
We linked to the trailer for Eric Weiss's Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry a little while ago; since then, some outtakes like this one have showed up on YouTube. Hori Smoku will be playing at this year's Philadelphia Film Festival.
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Erich Weiss, one of Philly's best up-and-coming filmmakers is debuting a film that is getting a ton of buzz at SXSW. He has made films for the likes of Philly hip hoppers Spank Rock and the iconic rockers, the Buzzcocks. But this time Weiss turns his camera-eye on the life of Norman 'Sailor Jerry' Collins, one of the most prominent early tattoo artists. The documentary follows the political and social roots of American tattoo culture through his life into a contemporary look as his legacy lives on through his iconic designs. The trailor is really worth a peak. [Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry]