In celebration of Fleet Week 2016, Norman Reedus toasted troops at the Sailor Jerry Fleet Week Block Party on Sunday, May 29th down at Pier 84 in NYC.
Reedus, who currently stars on both AMC’s The Walking Dead and a new motorcycle show debuting next month, Ride with Norman Reedus, is a longtime supporter of the military and motorcycles. He arrived on a custom motorcycle to the Sailor Jerry “Block Party” at Pier 84, adjacent to the U.S.S. INTREPID, a WWII-era aircraft carrier which today serves as New York’s Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Reedus led the assembled crowd of Marines, Sailors, and members of the Coast Guard, their families and friends and fans, in a Toast to the Troops with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, thanking military attendees for their service. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum commissioned the custom motorcycle specifically to be donated to a member of the military, and following Reedus’ ride, it will be gifted to the chosen recipient through The Aleethia Foundation.
“I’m a huge supporter of our military and thankful for their efforts. I was excited to lend a hand to the cause and look forward to the event. We’re throwing a free concert for everyone, and I’ll arrive on this incredible bike that Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum custom built and which it will give to a member of the military later through Aleethia. It’s going to be an awesome day, and I hope the men and women of the service have a great time. They deserve our appreciation and our gratitude.”
– Norman Reedus
Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum was created to honor Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, a Navy vet who built his rep inking soldiers and sailors in WWII-era Honolulu where he established his legendary tattoo parlor and himself as the undisputed father of American old-school tattooing. Following his naval service, Collins made WWII-era Honolulu his home and continued honing his skills as a tattoo artist.
Sailors on Shore Leave in Honolulu would wait in line for hours outside Collins’ Hotel Street tattoo shop to be inked by the master himself. Not one to rest idly, Collins also became a licensed skipper of a large three-masted schooner, played the saxophone in his own band, and frequently hosted a radio show. These personal passions are now celebrated through Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and shared with like-minded individuals.