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The style section of today’s New York Times featured a story on Disney as a “Lifestyle Brand” (Disney by Design by Brooks Barnes). The article included a nice picture of two special edition YellowMan shirts made for Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Readers of the article wouldn’t know that, though, as the article did not include a credit, or point them in a direction where they could get one of the “Hipster T-shirts”.

So, if you want to find them, we’ve provided you with some information here.

Pictured in the article are two shirts, one is Cursed Ship by tattoo master Filip Leu, and the other is Pirate’s Code by New Zealand’s Roger Ingerton.

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Pirates and Tattoos

Posted: April 18, 2007 by Andreas Engel in Misc.
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Aye Matey’s.

Well, we have the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Allentown Pirates (old guys playing baseball), East Carolina University Pirates Marching Band, the UK’s champion Poole Pirates Motorcycle Speedway team, the American Hockey Leagues’ Portland Pirates and many high school Pirates of blue and gold! Then there is the folklore and myth of the drinking, singing, one legged, parrot owning kind, More...that is… likewise, the history, romance and adventure of that era of saltwater bandits. So if ye be of hardy stuff, and of that sort, then this be the information for ye! Garrr…

The romantic pirates, buccaneers and privateers we grew up on may bear little resemblance to the reality, yet the myth that was born of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped and Treasure Island remains the most compelling and influential books on pirates ever written. We constantly see pirate images from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Slave of Duty or the better known title The Pirates of Penzance which premiered in New York in 1879. These images have been parodied by Dr. Suess, the pirate cartoon characters from Disney’s Peter Pan and even the Muppets’ Treasure Island with Temptu temporary tattoos giving the characters an authentic look. Think “pirate” and your mind fills with wild thugs from fiction and fancy.

Between 1680 and 1725 as many as 10,000 men and a few women plowed the seas as pirates, their allegiance to navy and king thrown overboard. Unlike their reputation as tyrants, many pirate captains were elected by their crews in a rough version of democracy. ‘Pirate’ was literally their nationality and they were thrown together outside the law and were governed by their own laws. They were African slaves, displaced English and French seamen, Native Americans, and a scattering of social outcasts from Europe and elsewhere. They had no common language, no shared religion. They were truly a deviant subculture held together by a common spirit of revolt.”

Howard Pyle was an artist and author who lived in the later half of the nineteenth century and the first decade of the twentieth. As one of the founders of present day American illustration his pen and pencil created Pirates, Marooners, Buccaneers and cruel but colorful sea wolf images that are unequaled. The modern image of romanticized yet gritty swashbuckling buccaneers began with his illustrations of Treasure Island.

The period between the two world wars created calendar girls who were not just the girl next door. A mix of two exotic subcultures, Gypsy and Pirate, were captured by the top illustrators of the time. Their provocative poses and historical subjects in skimpy attire, created the perfect cheesecake pin-up and making them fantastic tattoo images. Exotic pirate women are seen in the classic style flash of Sailor Jerry Collins. Military and historic flash collections from the early 1900s contain a more naive style of pin-up. Pirate Productions and Little John’s Tattoo, organizers of the first annual Charlotte Tattoo Expo, Convention and Trade Show for 2003, prove she’s still gets attention. With a name like that what else could be expected but a great four color pirate pinup graphic on their promotional posters and handbills.

Chests overflowing with pearls, shimmering gems and coins, the myth and legend of shipwrecks and buried treasure that are rarelyfound make great narratives tattooed across the body’s best canvas as monumental back pieces.

However, the Jolly Roger is probably the most recognized pirate icon and is generally seen as a plain skull and cross bones or Skull and delicate crossed swords as used by Jack Rackham (Calico Jack). The name jolly roger is derived from the French joli rouge, which means Pretty Red describing the blood red flag flown by some. The first such flag was flown about 1700 by Emanuel Wynne as he plundered the Caribbean. A white flag was flown when they were chasing a potential victim. The skull was a sign of death and a horned skull indicated a tormented death while a dart or spear would be a violent demise or a bleeding heart for a slow and painful death. A cutlass or dagger being clutched in a raised fist or hand indicated the willingness to kill. An hourglass indicated that time was running out. Blackbeard incorporated all these symbols into his flag. Bartholomew Roberts was nicknamed “Le Jolie Rouge”, and in English this was used to refer to the flag and not the man. In many parts of the Caribbean, the “Jolly Roger” was the equivalent of a happy face: it meant the pirate ship was willing to take prisoners. The appearance of a red flag, however, signified no prisoners, and the pirates would slaughter crew and passengers to a man. They all had the purpose in mind of striking fear in the crew under attack. Pirates hanged at Newport, Rhode Island in 1723 called their flag ‘Old Roger’, which was an early 18th century nickname for the Devil. And, yes, in thieves slang, rogues were called “rogers”. But why “jolly” ? After all the damage was done and plundering complete there was always one bit of gold left alone, the single gold earring was left attached to a dead pirates ear so he could pay the ferryman to take him across to the other side.

May good journeys and calm seas await you,
and enemy ships burn in your wake.

Dead men tell no tales.

INDELIBLY

Matty

or is that “Matey”

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