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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446582077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446582070
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,066,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"These are the best tattoos I've ever seen. There's more creativity collected in this book than in an entire episode of Dancing with the Stars."—Nick Zarin-Ackerman, usician, The Virgins

"Either I'm dumb or super advanced, but the tattoo of the dinosaur wearing the fanny pack is pretty amazing. I don't think of NO REGRETS as a joke book actually--it's an ideas book. Is getting a light-bulb tattooed on my forehead pushing it? I didn't think so either. Thanks guys!"—Lesley Arfin, Vice magazine columnist and author of Dear Diary

"This book truly lives up to its title. It's a hilarious compendium of extraordinarily bad decisions that last FOREVER. If you ever thought of getting tattoo of a beef-chicken, Michael Moore, or an ejaculating penis, maybe after reading this book you'll think again. I laughed, I cried, I gawked. But mostly I just gawked and laughed. Actually I only gawked and laughed."—Michael Showalter, comedian

"You should buy this book and then get a tattoo of it on yourself. Seriously. This book is hilarious!"—Demetri Martin, comedian, The Daily Show

"If you buy this book and have it lying around your dorm room, people will probably stop in, glance at it, and f**k you as a quick 'thanks' for sharing something so cool."—Eugene Mirman, comedian

About the Author

Aviva Yael is a writer living in New York City. She is into clothes and food and stuff.

PM Chen is a part-time basket-weaver, writer, and three-time silver medalist in the luge. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his pet fish and six cats.

Customer Reviews

I was smiling the whole book through!
lissy
Based on that P.O.S. sample which was a waste of 90 seconds I wont be buying this book or anything else Yael puts out.
G
The captions are great, the tattoos are great.
meeshels

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Berge on April 24, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
After finishing Tattoo Machine: Tall Tales, True Stories, and My Life in Ink, I was looking for more tattoo related reading and came across this book.

20 minutes later I felt like I had just thrown $9.99 out the window and felt compelled to write my first ever book review on Amazon in order to prevent others from making the same mistake that I just did. The description, as well as some of the reviews, made me believe that what I was buying was a collection of tattoos and the stories behind them. What I got was a short intro, followed by a bunch of mixed quality images of tattoos with single line caption beneath them. Many of these images are available on the web I had already come across them. I have honestly written blog posts about tattoos with more content than this so-called "book" and I'm not charging money for people to read them. There are plenty of free websites out there with a higher quantity and quality of bad tattoo photos.

The author claims to have spent a full year traveling to tattoo shops and conventions, emailing and interviewing to find these tattoos. Where is the evidence of a single interview? All I see is pictures and captions that could have been made up without ever speaking to the person with the tattoo.

I regret buying this book more than I regret any of my tattoos. Save your money and tip your tattoo artist an extra $10 next time you get inked.
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26 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Rae Schwarz on May 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
Given the amount of web sites devoted to "crazy" tattoos, this book seems like a regurgitation of some average bits of content found on some of them. The photo reproductions are uneven in quality and have been cropped right down so that almost all bodily context is lost. The captions remind me of the ones that CREEM magazine used to run under photos back when I was 14 years old, and I'm pretty sure that's the same age bracket that will like the ones found here. The authors had a good idea, but then executed it in a slapdash fashion and seemed to have kept all the best stories and jokes to themselves.

Rather than pay for this book, just go to your favorite search engine and just do a few image searches. You'll get the same quality and you can make up your own captions.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Blevin on June 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the sickest, funniest book! I can't believe the sh%t people get inked on their skin. Finally a book has come out about this. Really fun!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Matthew Eddins on June 16, 2008
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I expected a little more story to each Tat, but this book was great to sit around at work and laugh at peoples misfortune. I look forward to a sequel.
I recommend this to someone that has a slightly twisted sense of humor. Bring it out when your hangin out drinkin. It is mainly a picture book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Markie Wilson on May 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
Original, hilarious, ridiculous! The perfect coffee table addition. I'm absolutely picking this up for all my random gift needs this year! These authors have some serious inspiration!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Liz S. on June 27, 2008
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If you want to laugh out loud over and over again, pick up this book!! The tatoos are amazing and the commentary is even better!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Torres on December 14, 2010
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Fun book, nice pictures. The tattoos themselves are usually amazing, both good and bad. Definitely one to flip thru and pass along tho. You can only look at them so many times before there's nothing new to notice or just think, What the heck were they thinking?!
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Full Up-Front Disclosure: I hate ALL tattoos and think even the best are disgusting.

"And this also...has been one of the dark places of the earth." - Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, Part 1

So looking at this volume is a perverse pleasure for me. Schadenfreude if you will.

"In some inland post feel the savagery, the utter savagery, had closed round him--all that mysterious life of the wilderness that stirs in the forest, in the jungles, in the hearts of wild men. There's no initiation either into such mysteries. He has to live in the midst of the incomprehensible, which is detestable. And it has a fascination, too, which goes to work upon him. The fascination of the abomination--you know. Imagine the growing regrets, the longing to escape, the powerless disgust, the surrender, the hate." - Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, Part 1

So, why three stars? The reason is a simple Internet search tops these examples, and the prose and stories behind these pathetic tattoos are not that compelling. These are mediocre people leading mediocre lives and this is their 15 seconds of fame, and it isn't worth the candle. There should be pathos and irony, but instead true deep banality was what I was left with.

The photos are well executed, and the prose lean and clean, and the arrangement follows logically. I have no quibbles with the work of the authors and photographers. Simply the subject matter should SHOCK and instead, we shrug. The fact remains that what you hoped would be an excellent subject that fed your inner beast of hatred (I HATE tattoos) or pity (I feel sorry for people that express themselves this way) ended up being fed neither. Nor did it challenge me to re-think my revulsion, or alternately re-enforce my personal distaste.
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