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High quality tribal tattoo reference,
This review is from: Black Tattoo Art (Illustrated) (Hardcover)
The full title is "Black Tattoo Art: Modern Expressions of the Tribal." This thick book (536 pages, mostly photos) covers Neotribal, Dotwork, Art Brut, Traditional Revival and Thai/Buddhist tattooing. It is large format with good photography and printing quality. It focuses on individual artist in these styles and includes well written interviews and introductions to each style, in German and English.
The Neotribal section is excellent, and includes an interesting interview with Leo Zulueta, the father of the style.
The Dotwork section - tattoos constructed of tiny black dots - is amazing (a sample is shown on the cover).
The Traditional Revival (Samoan, Maori, Filipino...) and Thai/Buddhist sections are good but not an extensive look at these areas.
The Art Brut section is interesting as it is a relatively new style and not previously well documented. Yet it feels out of place in a tribal study as it has literal subject maters and is often multi-color (as opposed the black abstract decorate nature of traditional and neo tribal).
All in all, an amazing collection of beautifully designed, expertly executed tattoos.