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Art by Tattooists: Beyond Flash Paperback – August 19, 2009
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Gotta say I love the size of the book - 8 3/4" square. It's different; small enough to fit in your bag to keep you occupied on the bus, the El, or while you wait in line, yet big enough to hold it's own on the shelf or on the coffee table. All of the art is shown at ample size for absorbing the details, Waterhouse frequently shows just one image that fills the entire page. Because I see this book filling the niche of a nice little overview of off the skin works by artists whose primary job is the art of tattoo, the sparsity of accompanying narrative bothered me not at all.
In summary, I love it, and think it will make a fab holiday gift for both my artist and my tattooed friends and fam.
Ranging from crude, tattoo-like drawings to fine art still lifes in oil to, in one case, an elaborately illuminated fuchsia toilet seat, the art displays a range that surprised me. Not surprisingly, death, religion, violence and sex are dominant themes here, but by no means the only themes. Skulls, snakes, birds, wings, crosses, Eastern religious motifs -- they're all here, as one would expect, but it's interesting to see what the artists make of them when freed from the limitations of a human canvas and a demanding client.
Each of the 26 artists featured is interviewed briefly, and I found these interviews very illuminating as well. My one complaint is that I wish the book had included some actual tattoos by each artist, just to allow for a comparison of style, technique, and themes.
Still, I found this book really intriguing. It would be a great gift for anyone interested in the art of tattooing -- or in modern graphic design in general.
As a person who knows little about art and tattooing this was a very satisfying introduction to these artists. It is particularly interesting to see how some of the artists such as Clifton Carter and Regino Gonzales produce works that one would not guess to be by a tattoo artist if not previously familiar with them. One of Waterhouse's goals in producing this work is to show how tattoo artists are finally coming to be accepted as artists, and to this end she is successful.
This book is no different. Although a different canvas is used, you can still see the rebel, the sinner, and the saint all come through in the art. Its wonderful, creepy, solemn, beautiful, and amazing all at the same time. I suppose more than anything, this book is a solid representation that tattoo artists are artists first, tattooists second. The group of individuals showcased in this book come from a variety of backgrounds, each makes his/her art for different reasons, but they all add up to the same conclusion: beautiful. This is cool book filled with even cooler images by some of the most talented, underrated artists on the planet.
I would have liked to see more of the artists' other works (each artist is granted a few "other" works of art), more in-depth bios, as well as interviews with these artists. A photograph of each of them would have been nice as well.
It makes for a good coffee table book - colorful, graphic, brief written passages. But it could have been so much more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A lot of really nice art work, and tattoos. A real love of tattoos went into the making of this book, well worth having.Published on May 24, 2013 by Silver Pen
This was an utter disappointment. I won't be making book purchases online without first seeing the book in person again. Save your money.Published on February 1, 2012 by B.
This book is definitely and attention getter. Striking illustrations of tattoos with interesting text and descriptions. Read morePublished on January 20, 2012 by Laurie
This is an art book, filled with extraordinary pictures, but they are not tattoos. I suggest that tattoo shops put this one in their lobby for waiting customers to browse through. Read morePublished on January 5, 2011 by Scott Condor
Great idea for a coffee table book. Interesting to see what a tatoo artist can do on other media, and outside the bounds of what the client wants.Published on December 16, 2010 by BAGS
Not the most advanced, indepth tattoo art book. It's an okay reader with some nice art pics. Today this book lists at just of $13. You could pay more for a good tattoo mag. Read morePublished on December 13, 2010 by TOTR
This is a collection of tattoo hacks that the author likes. Only two of them had real talent that stands out from 99% of the tattoo crowd...and one isnt original. Read morePublished on October 22, 2010 by V S
I received this book for review, not quite knowing what to expect, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. First it is really good quality paper, and very colorful. Read morePublished on February 25, 2010 by MidwestMom
Having been into tattoos for many years and having hundreds of hours of work myself, I am always interested in new tattoo related media. Read morePublished on November 26, 2009 by Brian Koch