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Best Tattoo Books That Will Hook You

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Tattoo books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

Tattoo Johnny: 3,000 Tattoo Designs (2010)

 Best Tattoo Books That Will Hook YouThese days, it seems like everybody—male, female, young, and old—wants a tattoo. But choosing the right design isn’t always easy. Tattoo Johnny to the rescue!
Author(s): Tattoo Johnny, David Bollt

1000 Tattoos: The Most Creative New Designs from the World’s Leading and Up-And-Coming Tattoo Artists (2018)

 Best Tattoo Books That Will Hook YouNew works from over forty of the most ground breaking and up-and-coming tattoo designers are featured in this highly curated collection. Aimed at profiling the next generation of skin art, the selected artists are at the forefront of where tattoo art is going and display a wide degree of diversity in terms of geographic origin, culture, race, and gender.Among the artists and designers included are are Scott Campbell, Sasha Unisex, Tea Leigh, Johnny Gloom, Tati Compton (a.k.a.
Author(s): Chris Coppola

The History Source Book (2000)

 Best Tattoo Books That Will Hook Youis an exhaustingly thorough, lavishly illustrated collection of historical records of tattooing throughout the world, from ancient times to the present. Collected together in one place, for the first time, are texts by explorers, journalists, physicians, psychiatrists, anthropologists, scholars, novelists, criminologists, and tattoo artists.
Author(s): Steve Gilbert

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion (2011)

 Best Tattoo Books That Will Hook YouFor twenty years, Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world. In Tattoos on the Heart, he distills his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith.
Author(s): Gregory Boyle

Tattoo Sourcebook (2008)

 Best Tattoo Books That Will Hook YouA lush sourcebook of nearly two thousand tattoo designs from artists around the world. From the editors of TattooFinder, it’s a fantastic compendium for people who want to think before they ink! Whether you’re tattoo-curious or tattoo-crazy, The Tattoo Sourcebook has everything you need to pick and choose the perfect design for you.
Author(s): Tattoofinder

Basic Fundamentals of Modern Tattoo (2009)

 Best Tattoo Books That Will Hook YouThis book wont teach you how to tattoo like a professional. This book wont teach you how to make a million dollars by opening your own tattoo studio in a week. You should really be wary of any book that does promise that. This book WILL get you started with the basic foundation for your apprenticeship. Written for the apprentice by someone who competed a formal tattoo apprenticeship, documenting the lessons learned along the way.
Author(s): C.R. Jordan , Yolanda Jordan, et al.

Superior Tattoo Bible: Book Three (2013)

 Best Tattoo Books That Will Hook YouBook Three of the popular Superior Tattoo Bible series continues the tradition of offering a vast collection of only the best tattoo artwork available. Unlike the earlier Bibles, Tattoo Bible Book Three is a collection of designs from opposite ends of the spectrum. This new book contains images from both the old school and the new.
Author(s): Superior Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series) (2011)

 Best Tattoo Books That Will Hook YouHarriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.
Author(s): Stieg Larsson

Vintage Tattoos: The Book of Old-School Skin Art (2009)

 Best Tattoo Books That Will Hook YouTattoos have gone from badges of rebellion to fashion statements fully absorbed into mainstream culture. They are enjoying a renaissance, with graphic designers and artists creating specialty tattoos for a growing audience, unleashing a revival of interest in the bawdy vintage tattoo. Old school tattoos are being rediscovered (sometimes ironically, sometimes not) by a new generation.
Author(s): Carol Clerk

Sacred and Profane Tattoos: of the Holy House of Loreto (2018)

 Best Tattoo Books That Will Hook YouAround the 15th and lasted until the beginning of the 20th century, on the Italian Adriatic coast to the Apennines, the sacred tattoo began to spread. The inhabitants and pilgrims of these lands had the use of tattooing their hands or forearms near their wrists. They were blue tattoos of figures, mottos, crosses, sacred symbols, pierced hearts, skulls and anchors. The origins of this tradition came from the Sanctuary of Loreto, probably it was an act of devotion or perhaps recognition.
Author(s): Pigorini Beri, Caterina, Alessandra Borroni

100 Years of Tattoos (2016)

 Best Tattoo Books That Will Hook YouOver the past century, tattoos have emerged from the underground.
Author(s): David McComb

Great Book of Tattoo Designs, Revised Edition: More than 500 Body Art Designs (Fox Chapel Publishing) Fantasy, Celtic, Floral, Wildlife, and Symbol Designs for the Skin from the Legendary Lora Irish (2013)

 Best Tattoo Books That Will Hook You500 beautiful images—designed for skin! From the nationally recognized artist, author, and graphic designer Lora S. Irish comes the Great Book of Tattoo Designs, an appealing and high-quality collection of over 500 tattoo-friendly patterns.
Author(s): Lora S. Irish

Superior Tattoo Bible: Book One (Tattoo U,) (2009)

 Best Tattoo Books That Will Hook YouWhether you are preparing for your first tattoo or your twenty-seventh, you need artwork and designs that are just-right. Tattoo Bible Book One, authored by Superior Tattoo, provides more than 500 pieces of unique flash art. Everything is here, from hearts to dragons, tattoo designs that range from traditional to the avant-garde. Tattoo Bible includes flash never before compiled in one single book.
Author(s): Superior Tattoo

Tattoo Coloring Book (2013)

 Best Tattoo Books That Will Hook YouPacked with stunning illustrations, this unique coloring book celebrates the art of the tattoo. The tattoo designs – all specially drawn for the book – range from traditional motifs – hearts, sailors, girls, skulls, roses – to more elaborate compositions with a contemporary edge.A perfect gift book that will appeal to anyone who loves tattoo imagery – or is looking for inspiration for their next piece of body art.
Author(s): Oliver Munden, Jo Waterhouse

Best Tattoo Books That Will Hook You

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some tattoo books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

A Tattoo on my Brain: A Neurologist's Personal Battle against Alzheimer's Disease

Author(s): Daniel Gibbs, Teresa H. Barker
ID: 3524216, Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Year: 2023, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Tattooed Bodies: Theorizing Body Inscription Across Disciplines and Cultures

Author(s): James Martell, Erik Larsen
ID: 3197895, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2022, Size: 6 Mb, Format: pdf

Under the Skin: Tattoos, Scalps, and the Contested Language of Bodies in Early America

Author(s): Mairin Odle
ID: 3313808, Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Year: 2022, Size: 21 Mb, Format: epub

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