118 S. 13th St., 215/531-6380,
HOURS: Mon.–Thurs. 10 a.m.–7 p.m.,
Fri.–Sat. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. noon–5 p.m.
Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins is said to be the forefather of the Old School Tattoo. He set up his first tattoo parlor in Honolulu’s Chinatown district during the 1930s and his shop became a haven for wayward and often inebriated sailors. The Philly boutique pays homage to the ink legend with locally made T-shirts, shot glasses, lighters, and even custom Chuck Taylor’s, all bearing his iconic images.
If you start to get seasick from the nautical-themed raised-velvet wallpaper, bamboo trim, and enormous squid chandeliers—outfitted by Philly artist Adam Wallacavage—purchase a bottle of their very own 92-proof rum and it’ll be smooth sailing again in no time.
© Karrie Gavin from Moon Philadelphia, 1st Edition