I love this!
This is an especially unique work by the artist Norman Rockwell who was an American painter and illustrator. Normally, his paintings show figures in realistic space and yet here we see the artist and his "canvas" floating above/within the tattoo-laden background of the work.
I've moved on to the next gallery and came upon the Norman Rockwell painting, I adore his work and I am so happy to get to see a painting in real life and not just reprint!
That Rockwell painting was only recently added to the gallery installation! Fun, right? We really do see them more often in reproduction, as they were designed to be seen but it's so much fun to see the actual work of the artist's hand in front of us here. Rockwell found the equipment and props for this Post cover in a tattoo shop on the Bowery in New York City. One of his friends, a fellow illustrator, posed as the seated artist.
The list of names on the sailor's bicep is pretty funny. I guess people still have that problem today, being stuck with the tattoo even after love goes bad!
That's some cool info, thank you so much!