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The Artistry of Sloop Jones

Arguably St John’s most famous artist, Sloop Jones aka Terry McKoy, is as colorful as the clothing and signs he creates in his East End, St John studio.

Painted dresses by Sloop Jones on St JohnOriginally from the Point Breeze section of Pittsburg, Sloop Jones traveled and work in Central and South America before “discovering” St John. Along with his wife Barbara Alperen, Sloop moved from Massachusetts to St John’s undeveloped East End over 20 years ago. In the open-air studio below his home he began creating his signature painted tee shirts and sun dresses. The rest as they say is history. Over the years Sloop’s creations have gained a sizable following. And while you’ll find plenty of crude imitations, there really is nothing like a hand-painted work by the hand of the master himself!

Drawing inspiration from the island, Sloop mixes energetic splashes of deep indigo, vibrant aquas, shocking reds, yellows and golds. His painted apparel line now includes tees, sundresses, skirts, dresses and hats as well as hand-painted signs with wonderful and often humorous messages.

Visiting Sloop Jones Studio
The Studio is located off East End Road – about 15 minutes past Coral Bay. The shop is open all year round – but Sloop asks that you call for directions and hours. His number is 340-779-4001 or email at

Sloop Jones Paint-your-own-shirt Workshop
Join in a morning of fun and creativity under the expert instruction of Sloop Jones himself! The workshops are run from April to July with open enrollment on Tuesdays and Fridays reserved for parties of 4 or more. Price at the time of this article is $100/per person. Call to check availability and to make reservations – 340-779-4001