Body Art
Tattoo: An Anthropology
Tattoo
An Anthropology
Paperback      ISBN: 1845201558

In the 1830s, missionaries in French Polynesia sought to suppress the traditional art of tattooing, because they believed it to be a barbaric practice. More than 150 years later, tattooing is once again thriving in French Polynesia. This engrossing book documents the meaning of tattooing in contemporary French Polynesian society. As a permanent inscription, a tattoo makes a powerful statement about identity and culture. In this case, its resurgence is part of a vibrant cultural revival movement. Kuwahara examines the complex significance of the art, including its relationship to gender, youth culture, ethnicity and prison life. She also provides unique photographic evidence of the sophisticated techniques and varied forms that characterize French Polynesian tattooing today.Winner of The Japanese Society for Oceanic Studies Award 2005.

The Tattoo Chronicles
The Tattoo Chronicles
Hardcover      ISBN: 0061953369

Charismatic star of LA Ink Kat Von D gives fans an unscripted and uncensored look at a crucial year in her personal and professional life in The Tattoo Chronicles, the visually arresting and no-holds-barred follow-up to her first book, the New York Times bestseller, High Voltage Tattoo. A rich anthology of intimate entries from her diary, plus a wealth of personal memorabilia, sketches, and photography shot by Kat especially for the new book, The Tattoo Chronicles reveals the passions, frustrations, and creative process of the real Kat Von D, one of the world's most renowned tattooers.

Tattoo Encyclopedia: A Guide to Choosing Your Tattoo (Original)
Tattoo Encyclopedia
A Guide to Choosing Your Tattoo (Original)
Paperback      ISBN: 0743223292

A unique illustrated reference on the origins and meanings of nearly one thousand tattoo symbols that serves as a guide for choosing a personal image and provides a fascinating look at the tattoo as a work of art.

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Tattoo Sourcebook: Over 500 Images for Body Decoration
Tattoo Sourcebook
Over 500 Images for Body Decoration
Hardcover      ISBN: 1592239579

Riding a wave of popularity these days, tattoos have been around for thousands of years. Evidence exists that in ancient Egypt, women were ritually tattooed, Roman slaves were marked with the words "tax paid," and cultures around the globe from Maori warriors, Tahitian emperors, and Inca elite to criminals, circus folks and the urbane hipster all sport body art in the form of the tattoo.

- Approaching the fascinating world of tattoo art from the perspective of design, The Tattoo Sourcebook offers basic instruction on designing a tattoo and hundreds of images to help you choose one that's right for you.
- This stylish reference includes 500 traditional and modern tattoos from tribal, Asian, Aboriginal ta moko, and intricate Celtic knot work through dragons, mermaids, fairies and fantasy to motifs from the natural world.
- Each chapter offers many ideas on a wide cross-section of themes. The artwork is designed to let you create your own images or trace and enlarge one from the book.
- Along with health and safety tips for getting a tattoo, there is also information for creating designs using body paints and mehndi, for those who want to try out body art before choosing a permanent image.
The Tattoorialist: Berlin, London, New York, Tokyo, Paris
The Tattoorialist
Berlin, London, New York, Tokyo, Paris
Hardcover      ISBN: 1784882429

Nicolas Brulez and Myl ne Ebrard, aka The Tattoorialist, have gone on a road trip to New York, Paris, London and Tokyo and share the global vision of tattooing through their unusual encounters and moments spent with like-minded people. More than a tattoo bible, this book is a source of inspiration for those who dream to come back from a trip with an indelible memory etched on their body.

Tiny Tattoos: 1,000 Small Inspirational Artworks
Tiny Tattoos
1,000 Small Inspirational Artworks
Paperback      ISBN: 0062985337

A unique sourcebook of 1,000 mini works of art, ranging in myriad styles and subjects, curated by acclaimed tattoo artist Rebecca Vincent, complete with black-and-white illustrations and 50 color photographs throughout.

Tiny tattoos are perennial favorites with both ink enthusiasts and the curious interested in getting their first piece of body art. Going back to the minimal style of the very first tattoos known to humanity--dotted patterns and lines found on mummies--celebrated English tattoo artist Rebecca Vincent brings together 1,000 small yet striking tattoos in this one-of-a-kind guide.

Tiny Tattoos is the only contemporary source of inspiration for tattoo artists and fans interested in minimal ink designs. It offers advice drawn from Rebecca's own experience; interviews with artists who specialize in smaller tattoos; a placement guide to show the parts of the body that heal fastest; information on the symbology behind select tattoos, including what they represent within the tattoo world and in other cultures; and pairing guides to show which tiny tattoos look good together.

Whether you prefer classic or trendy, animals or symbols, thought-provoking words and quotes or food, this impressive work has the perfect image to help you express your personal creativity and personal style.


Traditional American Tattoo Design: Where It Came from and Its Evolution
Traditional American Tattoo Design
Where It Came from and Its Evolution
Paperback      ISBN: 0764329138

The evolution of tattoo art in America is spread before you in 265 impressive original tattoo flash sheets and insightful text written by a tattoo artist who has designed on his own since 1960. Military, religious, figural, animal, and nature themes are displayed among the many hundred designs. Changes in tattoo art over the years is shown as well as the trend today to return to earlier designs. Individual artists are listed, along with others who altered designs. This book will be an endless source of inspiration, for those who are passionate about tattoo art.

Vintage Tattoo Flash: 100 Years of Traditional Tattoos from the Collection of Jonathan Shaw
Vintage Tattoo Flash
100 Years of Traditional Tattoos from the Collection of Jonathan Shaw
Hardcover      ISBN: 1576877698

Vintage Tattoo Flash is a one-of-a-kind visual explorationof the history and evolution of tattooing in America. Aluscious, offset-printed, hardcover tome-a beautiful andserious addition to the understanding of one of the world'soldest and most popular art forms.

Electric tattooing as we know it today was invented inNew York City at the turn of the 19th century. In the firstdays of American tattooing, tattoos were primarily wornby sailors and soldiers, outlaws and outsiders. The visuallanguage of what came to be known as traditional tattooingwas developed in those early days on the Boweryand catered to the interests of the clientele. Commonimagery that soon became canon included sailing ships, women, hearts, roses, daggers, eagles, dragons, wolves, panthers, skulls, crosses, and popular cartoon charactersof the era. The first tattooists also figured out that usingbold outlines, complimented by solid color and smoothshading, was the proper technique for creating art on abody that would stand the test of time. In the over 100years since then, techniques and styles have evolved, andthe customer base has expanded, but the core subjectmatter and philosophy developed at the dawn of electrictattooing has persisted as perennial favorites through themodern era.

While most tattoos are inherently ephemeral, transportedon skin until the death of the collector, a visual recordexists in the form of tattoo flash: the hand-painted sheetsof designs posted in tattoo shops for customers to selectfrom. Painted and repainted, stolen, traded, bought andsold, these sheets are passed between artists through onechannel or another, often having multiple useful lives in avariety of shops scattered across time and geography. Theutility of these original pieces of painted art has made itso that original examples can still be found in use or up forgrabs if you know where to look.

Vintage Tattoo Flash draws from the personal collectionof Jonathan Shaw-renowned outlaw tattooist andauthor-and represents a selection of over 300 pieces offlash from one of the largest private collections in existence.Vintage Tattoo Flash spans the first roughly 75years of American tattooing from the 1900s Bowery, to50s Texas, through the Pike in the 60s and the developmentof the first black and grey, single-needle tattooingin LA in the 70s. The book lovingly reproduces entirelyunpublished sheets of original flash from the likes of BobShaw, Zeke Owen, Tex Rowe, Ted Inman, Ace Harlyn, EdSmith, Paul Rogers, the Moskowitz brothers, and many, many others relatively known and unknown.
Vintage Tattoo Flash Volume 2
Vintage Tattoo Flash Volume 2
Hardcover      ISBN: 1576878473

More of what people loved about the first volume

InVintage Tattoo Flash: Volume 2, Jonathan Shaw unearths more gems from his extensive and world-renowned collection of traditional American tattoo art. Comprised entirely of previously unseen and unpublished work, Volume 2picks up where the first volume left off-contributing a new and important body of work to the historical record of this outsider art form.

Electric tattooing as we know it today was invented in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. In the first days of American tattooing, tattoos were primarily worn by sailors and soldiers, outlaws and outsiders. The visual language of what came to be known as traditional tattooing was developed in those early days on the Bowery and catered to the interests of the clientele. Common imagery that soon became canon included sailing ships, women, hearts, roses, daggers, eagles, dragons, wolves, panthers, skulls, crosses, and popular cartoon characters of the era. The first tattooists also figured out that using bold outlines, complimented by solid color and smooth shading, was the proper technique for creating art on a body that would stand the test of time. In the over 100 years since then, techniques and styles have evolved, and the customer base has expanded, but the core subject matter and philosophy developed at the dawn of electric tattooing has persisted as perennial favorites through the modern era.

While most tattoos are inherently ephemeral, transported on skin until the death of the collector, a visual record exists in the form of tattoo flash: the hand-painted sheets of designs posted in tattoo shops for customers to select from.Vintage Tattoo Flash: Volume 2represents a selection of over 100 pieces of flash from one of the largest private collections in existence and spans the first roughly 75 years of American tattooing from the 1900s Bowery, to 50s Texas, through the Pike in the 60s and the development of the first black and grey, single-needle tattooing in LA in the 70s. The book lovingly reproduces entirely unpublished sheets of original flash from the likes of Bob Shaw, Zeke Owen, Tex Rowe, Ted Inman, Ace Harlyn, Ed Smith, Paul Rogers, the Moskowitz brothers, and many, many others relatively known and unknown.
The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide
The Word Made Flesh
Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide
Paperback      ISBN: 0061997404

A beautifully packaged full-color collection of literary tattoos and short personal essays, The Word Made Flesh is an intimate but anonymous confessional book, in the vein of thought-provoking anthologies like PostSecret and Not Quite What I Was Planning. Gorgeous photographs and candid commentary are collected by authors Eva Talmadge--whose short story "The Cranes" was cited as Notable Nonrequired Reading of 2008 in Dave Eggers' Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009--and Justin Taylor, author of Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever, and editor of the acclaimed short fiction anthology, The Apocalypse Reader.