Tattoo: The Exotic Art of Skin Decoration

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9780312101480: Tattoo: The Exotic Art of Skin Decoration

Shows a variety of tattoos, including celebrity tattoos, tells how to select a design and artist, and discusses fake tattoos, tattoo conventions, and tattoo history

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There aren't many tattoo books, fewer that are as useful, tasteful, and attractive as this one. Delio aims both to celebrate the artwork by presenting splendid examples and to inspire others to get tattoos by honestly and personably describing the art and business of tattooing, stressing the considerations to be made before getting a tattoo, and showing off some celebrity tattoos, fake (the ones movie stars use while in character; Rod Steiger as the Illustrated Man, for instance) and genuine (lots of rock stars have 'em--are you surprised?). So much for usefulness; as for tastefulness, there are no illustrations of tattoos on the most often covered body parts, and the preponderance of those shown are inscribed on firm young flesh. Finally, on the count of attractiveness, save in illustrations from movies in which tattoos connote weirdness in their wearers, the artwork is impressively colorful (even in examples of black and gray work) and intricate (except in examples of the tribal style, which feature black silhouettelike figuration). An occasionally droll glossary and a brief directory of top-flight tattooists conclude. Ray Olson

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