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Out of date and of pretentious look at what's become a fad
on December 27, 2010
I don't know if anybody thinks that the Research books taking various trends like tattoos and piercing, industrial music, etc., oh-so-seriously are still 'cutting edge' or something, but there are better books and websites covering these fads. I was kind of expecting this new edition to have some more perspective now that the tattoo and piercing trend has reached fad level, but it seems like a book that was rushed out to take advantage of the popularity, instead of a serious examination of what's been going on with the trend.
As an ink fan, I've got very mixed feelings about the fad that it's become, and I thought that a new version of this book would try to update things more. Mostly I felt like I was reading an old newspaper about things I already knew.