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.
The New-York Historical Society exhibition, Rockwell, Roosevelt, & the Four Freedoms is the inspiration for the NYHistory Store's merchandise. The traveling exhibition, which was organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, explores how Rockwell’s 1943 paintings—Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom from Want—gave visual voice to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s call to the defense of freedom worldwide and took their place among the most enduring images in the history of American art. On view through September 2, 2018.