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Art by Tattooists: Beyond Flash Paperback – August 19, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing (August 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856696316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856696319
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jo Waterhouse is a freelance writer interested in many areas of art, including lowbrow, street, skateboarding, and tattoo art. She is the author of Concrete to Canvas: Skateboarders' Art (2005) and Concrete 2 Canvas: More Skateboarders' Art (2007) and regularly contributes to several websites and art magazines, interviewing a variety of international artists.

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Great idea for a coffee table book.
BAGS
It would have been interesting to see one or two pictures of the artist's tattoos so readers who are not familiar with their work would have something to compare.
Lee & Steven Hager
The artwork featured in the book is not only very original, but very diverse as well.
MidwestMom

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Fishburn VINE VOICE on October 14, 2009
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Jo Waterhouse never claimed her book was gonna include actual tattoos. This is a compilation of 26 artists' off the skin work. Like ANY gallery exhibit, the work shown is selective - incredibly diverse, a little international - BUT SELECTIVE. And that's kinda what the book resembles, a catalog of an incredibly, wildly entertaining gallery exhibit. The print quality rocks; the intense, various and brightly colored art practically pops off of every page. There are male and female artists, and art that's beautiful, gory, and beautifully gory. A wide array of mediums is explored: acrylics, enamel, gold leaf, gouache, India ink, linoleum, mixed, oil, photoshop, screenprint, and watercolor. The artists created their pieces on board, canvas, illustration board, paper, and wood.
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeddy 3 TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 17, 2009
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I don't have any tattoos myself, but I have long been fascinated by the art of tattoos. One of the things that makes tattoo art so fascinating is its limitations, posed by the demands of the client, the equipment and the "canvas" -- living skin. Every tattoo artist must learn to express him- or herself within these limitations. But what happens when those creative minds are unleashed without these limitations? This book answers that question.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Ray VINE VOICE on November 13, 2009
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Art by Tattooists: Beyond Flash could have been called "Beyond Flesh" instead, because it features works by tattoo artists that do not use skin as the canvas. 26 artists are featured, and Jo Waterhouse presents 4 to 6 pages of their art. She also gives very brief bios, and snippets of interviews. Typically the written portions discuss what media (besides tattooing) the artists work in, and how their tattoo art influences or differs from their work in other media. Websites are listed for the artists and/or their studios, though why all the myspace links but none to Facebook or Twitter?

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C.E. VINE VOICE on October 2, 2009
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How does one review art? What I like, you hate...and vica versa. I liked this book. My fascination with tattooing began at a young age when I first learned to draw. Although I dont have a tattoo, I still enjoy seeing them and seeing the wonderful shapes, colors and amazing sense of fantasy associated with them.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bette VINE VOICE on October 6, 2009
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The premise of this book is that tatto artists have abilities beyond their trade. That is, beyond just creating skin art. Tattooists all have their own skill level; some trace ready designs onto skin, whereas others can draw and tattoo their own unique designs. This book reveals art by these artists beyond their trade. Since art is subjective, I feel that a critique of these other paintings and drawings is unnecessary for review purposes.

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.
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