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The Tattoo Encyclopedia: A Guide to Choosing Your Tattoo Paperback – August 12, 2003
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... will not only provide an invaluable tool to artists and collectors alike, it's also a great read ... -- Tattoo Revue Magazine, Issue #114
Guilty pleasure. -- Kansas City Star, August 17, 2003
Looking for that perfect gift for your teenage son or daughter - that free-spirited, be-myself, make-a-statement child ...? Voila. -- St. Louis Post Dispatch, August 21, 2003
useful resource for anyone seriously contemplating a tattoo interesting, well-written treatment on the meaning of commonly used symbols. -- Netsurfer Books
Top Customer Reviews
However, if you're the typical college kid interested in skimming the surface of this art and searching for inspiration other than the ubiquitous butterfly on your lower back or "tribal" design (being that most tribal designs are not, in fact, truly tribal) around your bicep, this book may indeed help you out a little.
I posit a great tattoo book has not yet been written, but at least this author gives modest blurbs (we'll not discuss the butchering of the English language) regarding some of the images rather than throwing yet another book chock-full of uninspired flash with nary a word to read.
The pub, the bar, the old watering hole: it's where all the animals gather at the end of the day, but that also includes the predators. I met a gal with the nickname of "Lou". Lou challenged me to arm wrestle and beat me two out of three, and me being a weightlifter and wrestler in high school. But in all fairness, I was distracted by the tattoos of bleeding skulls and naked women rippling down her biceps.
Tattooing is becoming much more commonplace and mainstream in today's society. It used to be that very few women got tattoos. Those that did were the exception and usually a touch eccentric and rebellious, not to mention being able to hold their liquor. All that changed in the late 80's when tattooing became much more socially acceptable, largely due to the many celebrities who publically sported tattoos. In the fall of 2006, a study was completed by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, which found that 24% of Americans who were between the ages of 18 and 50 had a tattoo. This is almost one in four people in the United States, including women.
Throughout human history, we have deliberately and permanently marked our skin. Tattoos have served as rites of passage, marks of religious and spiritual devotion, decorations of bravery, punishment, talismans of protection, to identify oneself with a particular group or gang, and as the marks of outcasts, slaves and convicts. Today, most people choose to be tattooed for cosmetic and sentimental reasons. No matter the reason - tattoos are forms of expression that carry meaning.
Perhaps you are thinking of getting a tattoo like my drinking buddy "Lou", and you don't know where to start.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am giving it 5 stars for the condition of the book, but the content for me was more like a 3 or 4 star. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Krista
My fault for not reading a section of it before I purchased it. Tattoo's are art and in that pictures and drawings are sadly missingPublished 13 months ago by Robert A Burkholder Jr
Got this for my grand-son he says it has been very helpfulPublished 15 months ago by Gracia M. Harrison
Tattoos mean what you want but this book is interesting none the less.Published 18 months ago by ScratchPiklz