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The Bulldog was named by Mike Malone and Scott in the early 90s after Scott returned from Australia with 36 of Jerry‘s frames. The frames were all cast in Australia for Jerry through Australian tattooer Des Connolly. The Bulldog frame was the second of three frames cast by Sailor Jerry. In the early 90s at China Sea, Scott had the frames milled in 2 different styles, the first was a long geometry frame with a front loader tube vice like Jerry intended. Scott believes that shortly after Jerry had these milled he realized that the frame geometry had two great a distance between the back up-right and the tube-vice hole. Jerry solved this problem by cutting off the vice and putting a bottom on it to rectify the geometry issues and making the frame more compact. Scott came to understand this on the second batch he milled. The machines built in the 90s using these frames cast in Australia are now selling for upwards of $3000.

Scott never particularly cared for the longer geometry frame and was fonder of Jerry’s front loader tube vice. The Sailor Jerry Bulldog available here has a shorter frame with Jerry‘s original style vice which makes for an ideal shader configuration.

These machines have a front loader vice with a pinch bolt between the tube hole and the front coil. As far as Scott knows Jerry was the first one to have done a tube vice in this fashion. The frames for the Bulldog Shader and Liner are milled on a CNC machine, which has the closest tolerances of any method of frame manufacturing design. Both frames are milled from a solid block of billet 1018 steel for strength and magnetic conductivity. Like all of Scotts machines they are made of the highest quality parts including a silver contact screw and contact point. The coils are hand wrapped. A share of the proceeds will be distributed to the Sailor Jerry Collins Family.

In his own words:

"As I continue to learn more about tattoo machines I feel that this is the best frame design I have made so far. I also feel that I am making the most consistent machines in my 37 years of machine building."


1018 steel
hand cut springs
silver contact screw and contact point

Each Sterling tattoo machine is run for 2 or 3 days to break it in and personally used to tattoo on various body parts to ensure his highest level of quality.

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