- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Shambhala; 1st edition (March 14, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1570625565
- ISBN-13: 978-1570625565
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,219,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tribal Tattoo Designs Paperback – March 14, 2000
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Of the many black and white illustrations of tribal tattoos included in this book, I especially liked the flowing patterns of the Tamil from South India, and the Dayak from Borneo, Indonesia, as well as the geometric designs of the Arapaho and Sioux from the USA.
While this book does give geographic and tribal origins of the designs pictured, the meanings behind the designs are not given.
I found the pictures to be great as I was looking to find out more about tribal designs from many cultures. I was served well with pictures, but not so well with explanations of what the tattoo was, what it meant, which class would wear it in society, how it was applied, the history behind the tradition, etc.
I am using the book as a reference and find that it only becomes great with supporting articles. I had done extensive reading on tribal traditions from around the world and found that this book served well as a companion to these and other articles, but not as a stand alone book. Without the history behind the pictures, you loose the whole meaning.
I strongly recommed this book, be it as a source book or simply for a tattoo enthusiaste. However, I would urge everyone to supplement this book with further readings on the matter.