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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?

1. Tattoo Lettering Bible (2014)

 Best Tattoo Books That Will Hook YouThe newest installment of the “Superior Tattoo Bible” series has been in the works for a while since we have amassed countless lettering submissions throughout the years. With an exponential number of tattoo designs that include lettering, we thought it time to come out with an entire book devoted to letters and banners. Superior has put out several small books on a variety of lettering styles that have been well received. To date, thousands of these books have been purchased or downloaded. But, why flip through several books to find the perfect font?…
Author(s): Superior Tattoo

2. 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! Culled from the world’s leading tattoo Web site, this in-depth resource offers more than 1,000 designs in a wide range of styles, all by renowned artists: angels, devils, flowers, pirates, pin-ups, religious images, stars, zodiac signs, and more. Whether readers are getting their first tattoo, or a second, third, or tenth, this is the ideal place to find the perfect pattern….
Author(s): Tattoo Johnny, David Bollt

3. 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. Tati Fox), Georgia Grey, Lauren Winzer, Peter Aurisch, Jon Boy, Susanne König, Dr. Woo, Super Timor, and many…
Author(s): Chris Coppola

4. The Tattoo 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. A brief essay by Gilbert sets each chapter in an historical context. Topics covered include the first written records of tattooing by Greek and Roman authors; the dispersal of tattoo designs and techniques throughout Polynesia; the…
Author(s): Steve Gilbert

5. 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. Arranged by theme and filled with sparkling humor and glowing generosity, these essays offer a stirring look at how full our lives could be if we could find the joy in loving others and in being loved unconditionally. From giant, tattooed Cesar, shopping at JCPenney fresh out of prison, we learn how to feel worthy of God’s love….
Author(s): Gregory Boyle

6. 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. Browse the nearly two thousand designs included – everything from Celtic and tribal to butterflies and fairies. It’s a visual compendium of high-quality, detailed designs from artists all over the world including contributions and…
Author(s): Tattoofinder

7. 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. The best way to learn to tattoo is as an apprentice, but some things you should know going into the situation. Just because we stress an apprenticeship does not mean that this 240+ page manual…
Author(s): C.R. Jordan , Yolanda Jordan, et al.

8. 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. Among this expanse of flash are colorful images of sacred hearts and black and grey representations of Celtic knots. With over 350 images, this new book is the perfect companion for any tattooist, from the aspiring novice to the seasoned vet; and a useful resource for tattoo aficionados looking for the art they…
Author(s): Superior Tattoo

9. 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

10. 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. Originally embraced by rebels, sailors, and gangsters, these tattoos—broken hearts, naked girls, floral motifs, and maritime emblems—are now showing up on the fashion runway and in music…
Author(s): Carol Clerk

11. 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. Caterina Pigorini Beri, in this book of 1889, traces the birth of this interesting custom and collects a hundred drawings of the original tattoos….
Author(s): Pigorini Beri, Caterina, Alessandra Borroni

12. 100 Years of Tattoos (2016)

 Best Tattoo Books That Will Hook YouOver the past century, tattoos have emerged from the underground. From body art’s early association with sailors, convicts and side-show acts to the current adoption of tattoo culture amongst celebrities and the mainstream via the tattoo renaissance of the 1970s, this book reveals the entire history.Combining a wealth of visual material from across the many cultures and sub-cultures we associate with tattoos, including fashion, music and art, with examples of some of the most exquisite tattoos ever inked, the book shows over 400 photographs, many published for the first time.This is a unique examination of the tattoo as a form of personal…
Author(s): David McComb

13. 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. Featuring an extensive variety of popular subjects including floral, fantasy, Celtic, pagan, gothic, sacred, oriental, and mythical, this book provides any artist or individual searching for the right tattoo with an unlimited resource of original designs. From delicate roses to majestic animals, from steampunk to Celtic, from fairies to Mayan warriors, this comprehensive…
Author(s): Lora S. Irish

14. 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. The artists included in this book include the best known names including Kevin LeBlanc, Aaron Coleman, Bob Sims, Nate Powers, and many, many more. While most tattoo books available today concentrate on one specific genre,…
Author(s): Superior Tattoo

15. 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 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.

Tattoos and Popular Culture: Cultural Representations in Ink

Author(s): Lee Barron
ID: 2982716, Publisher: Emerald Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

The Art of Tattoo: A Tattoo Artist's Inspirations, Designs, and Hard-Won Advice

Author(s): Megan Massacre
ID: 2495468, Publisher: Ten Speed Press, Year: 2019, Size: 37 Mb, Format: epub

Shark Arm: A shark, a tattooed arm and two unsolved murders

Author(s): Phillip Roope; Kevin Meagher
ID: 2497121, Publisher: Allen & Unwin, Year: 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely best-sellers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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