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Black Tattoo Art
Edited By Editions Reuss


This amazing book is a photographic journey across the globe from Borneo to Belgium, Argentina to Athens, New York to New Zealand and beyond in search of avant-garde tattoo art that pays homage to the ancient roots of tattooing in their contemporary interpretations. No other publication has curated the work of so many esteemed international tattooists working in black ink and gathered them into one compre-hensive volume. The journey begins with a look at the history of tattooing before featuring black tattoo portfolios divided into the following chapters: Neotribal, Dotwork, Art Brut, Traditional Revival and Thai/Buddhist. Texts in English and German.
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The Tattooed Lady: A History
By Amelia Klem Osterud


Living in a time when it was scandalous even to show a bit of ankle, a small number of courageous women covered their bodies in tattoos and traveled the country, performing nearly nude on carnival stages. These gutsy women spun amazing stories for captive audiences about abductions and forced tattooing at the hands of savages, but little has been shared of their real lives. Though they spawned a cultural movement—almost a quarter of Americans now have tattoos—these women have largely faded into history. The first book of its kind, The Tattooed Lady uncovers the true stories behind these women, bringing them out of the sideshow realm and into their working class realities. Combining thorough research with more than a hundred historical photos, this social history explores tattoo origins, women's history, and circus lore. A fascinating read, The Tattooed Lady pays tribute to a group of unique and amazing women whose legacy lives on.
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The Piercing Bible:
The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
By Elayne Angel


Piercing pioneer Elayne Angel shares her exhaustive knowledge of piercing history, terminology, tools, techniques, jewelery, and placements. She debunks myths about piercing guns, metal detectors, and tongue infections; explains how to find a responsible and skilled piercer; and outlines aftercare. Packed with details that really matter - including advice for people with stretch marks, obesity, plastic surgery, and unique anatomy - this guide is the single most authoritative, go-to source on the subject. ELAYNE ANGEL has been a professional piercer for over twenty years and has performed over 40,000 piercings. She was awarded the President's Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of Professional Piercers in 2006.
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Juxtapoz Tattoo
By Roger Gastman


The second book in an ongoing series from the West Coast art and culture magazine, "Juxtapoz Tattoo" focuses on a subject very dear to the inked hearts of it's readers. Most of the features artists came up at the beginning of "Tattoo's" modern renaissance in the mid 1990's, hungry for a new approach, but steeped none-the-less in the traditions of their craft. Whether these gifted tattooists are creating a modern twist on a classic archetype, or pushing the boundaries of the future primitives aesthetic, innovation is the common goal. Featured tattooists include: Troy Denning, Alex McWatt, Brian Randolph and Chris O'Donnell of New York Adorned, Scott Campbell, Steve Boltz, Henry Lewis and more.
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Forever and Ever:
New Works by Shawn Barber


Forever and Ever is Shawn Barber's second monograph of Tattoo Portraits. An in depth study of tattoo culture through fine art paintings. This edition contains photographs, paintings and essays chronicling a 3 year living journal. Essays are by Grime, Chuck Eldrige, Paul Booth, Henry Lewis, Justin Giarla and Shawn Barber.
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Modify
DVD - Uncensored


All of us know we should not prejudge others. Does this feeling of accectance apply to people who modify thier body beyond what is normal? Extreme is relative to perception. What is normal? Everyone modifies their body in one form or another to help show on the outside how they feel on the inside. You will meet more than thirty of the most modified people that have ever lived, and the amazing body artists that have changed them forever.
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A History of Japanese Body Suit Tattooing
By Mark Poysden, Marco Bratt


The history of Japanese body suit tattooing is a fascinating one that encompasses much more than just the application of inks to skin. An understanding of the subject requires knowledge of the social and political forces at work from prehistoric times to the present day. This book traces the development of those forces, their role in the growth of the military government and its efforts to control a people often less than willing to be controlled. With reference to the Edo period (1600–1867), urbanisation and the growth of Edo (modern Tokyo), the background to tattooing is carefully explained. The yakuza (Japanese mafia), their forebears and their attitudes to life, crime and tattooing are explored in great depth. The technical aspects of tattooing are similarly detailed and Horikazu, a modern practitioner of this traditional craft, is profiled. The authors visited Japan at the invitation of one of Tokyo's yakuza gangs, where they also interviewed other tattoo artists and conducted research, and they have produced a book that will doubtless serve its field as an outstanding reference resource for a generation. Tattooing is again fashionable. The authors hope this book contributes to calls for some tattoo practices to be elevated to the realm of art, of which the Japanese body suit must be the supreme example. The authors visited Japan to complete their research by interviewing the bosses of two Asakusa gangs, the tattooist Horikazu as well as other tattoo artists and tattoo specialists. They accessed documents hitherto unpublished in a European language and returned with much exclusive illustrative material.
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Ancient Marks:
The Sacred Origins of Tattoos And Body Markings
By Chris Rainer


From the street gangs of east Los Angeles to the Maori of New Zealand, there is a powerful global renaissance of ritual and communal body marking. Seven years and 30 countries in the making, ANCIENT MARKS visually documents the age-old custom of painting, carving, incising, or etching upon the canvas of the human form. The result is a revealing coffee-table book that transcends fads and cultures. * A timeless photographic homage to the art of tattoos, portraying modern and ancient body art in more than 30 countries and cultures. * Includes eight gatefolds and more than 100 stunning black-and-white images.
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The Alchemy & The Agony:
Sacred Art & Tattoos
By M. Young


A photo-essay book in praise of the ancient art of tattooing as an expression of the sacred in the contemporary world. Exploring new potentials of the skin art that has risen out of the popular tattoo culture of the streets, The Alchemy and the Agony takes the tattoo experience beyond the obvious and popular. This tatouage is transpersonal, even universal, an experience of transformation both primal and sublime. This is the natural alchemy that results when sacred images are emblazoned on the canvas of the human body.
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Tattoos, Desire And Violence:
Marks of Resistance in Literature, Film And Television
By Karin Beeler


Whether they graphically depict an individual's or a community's beliefs, express the defiance of authority, or brand marginalized groups, tattoos are a means of interpersonal communication that dates back thousands of years. Evidence of the tattoo's place in today's popular culture is all around—in advertisements, on the stereotypical outlaw character in films and television, in supermarket machines that dispense children's wash-away tattoos, and even in the production of a tattooed Barbie doll. This book explores the tattoo's role, primarily as an emblem of resistance and marginality, in recent literature, film, and television. The association of tattoos with victims of the Holocaust, slaves, and colonized peoples; with gangs, inmates, and other marginalized groups; and the connection of the tattoo narrative to desire and violence are discussed at length.
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Freak Babylon:
An Illustrated History of Teratology & Freakshows
By Jack Hunter


Freak Babylon is a startling, disturbing documentary of the history of one of mankind's most fascinating sciences--Teratology, the classification of human anomalies--and its dubious cultural correlative, the Freakshow, from ancient times to the present day. Featuring over 200 rare and intriguing photos of human anomalies, and covering the areas of scientific research, sideshows, cinema and body modification, it also includes a look at the controversial 1932 horror film Freaks, and looks at some famous case histories such as the Elephant Man and Johnny Eck. Freak Babylon shows how medical research and exploitation are often interlinked, and poses the question whether new sciences of cloning and genetic engineering are taking us back to the dark days of man-made freaks.
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Tattoo: An Anthropology
By Makiko Kuwahara


In the 1830s, missionaries in French Polynesia sought to suppress the traditional art of tattooing because they believed it to be a barbaric practice. More than 150 years later, tattooing is once again thriving in French Polynesia. This engrossing book documents the meaning of tattooing in contemporary French Polynesian society. In this case, its resurgence is part of a vibrant cultural revival movement. Kuwahara examines the complex significance of the art, including its relationship to gender, youth culture, ethnicity and prison life. She also provides unique photographic evidence of the sophisticated techniques and varied forms that characterize French Polynesian tattooing today.
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A History Of Japanese Body-suit Tattooing
By Mark Poysden, Marco Bratt


History records the practice of punitive tattooing across at least two thousand years. Japan was the last country to abolish punitive tattooing, in 1870. As elsewhere, the Japanese covered these marks of shame with decorative tattoos. Tattooing was repeatedly abolished, without effect. Even today, it is illegal to display tattoos publicly in Japan. In Japan, tattoos are primarily associated with the yakuza. This book traces the origins and development of the Japanese yakuza, ranging over their pre-WWII history, samurai and Bushido influences, the darker side of Tokugawa rule, and gambling connections; and describing what happens when a highly regulated society disintegrates.
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Ink:
The Not-Just-Skin-Deep Guide to Getting a Tattoo
By Ph.D., Terisa Green


For anyone who's considered joining the tribe of the tattooed. This fun, fact-filled, fascinating guide includes information on choosing the perfect tattoo, finding a tattoo artist, staying health-conscious, long-term effects, and much more. Terisa Green, Ph.D., is an archaeologist and research associate at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA. She is a widely-published expert on tattooing, and her articles have appeared everywhere from American Legion Magazine to Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. She also writes a regular column in Skin & Ink magazine and is the author of The Tattoo Encyclopedia.
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Spiritual Tattoo:
A Cultural History of Tattooing, Piercing, Scarification, Branding, and Implants
By John A. Rush


Say "body modifications" and most people think of tattoos and piercings. They associate these mainly with the urban primitives of the 1980s to today and with primitive tribes. In fact, as this fascinating book shows, body mods have been on the scene since ancient times, traceable to as far back as 1.5 million years, and they also encompass scarification, branding, and implants. Professor John Rush outlines the processes and procedures of these radical physical alterations, showing their function as rites of passage, group identifiers, and mechanisms of social control. He explores the use of pain for spiritual purposes, such as purging sin and guilt, and examines the phenomenon of accidental cuts and punctures as individual events with sometimes-profound implications for group survival. Spiritual Tattoo finds a remarkable consistency in body modifications from prehistory to the present, suggesting the importance of the body as a sacred geography from both social and psychological points of view.
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New Tattoo
By Victoria Lautman


Tattooing the body is no longer just a historical practice in Asia or Africa, a rite of passage for drunken sailors, or a reason to set up a carnival freak-show booth. The New Tattoo traces the origins of tattooing and the earliest tattoos, categorizes styles and themes for current tattoos, discusses the evolution of the profession in the artisan community, and answers any questions that unpricked persons might have about getting or removing tattoos. In addition to providing information, this book serves as a beautifully photographed collection of tattoo artists' work. Images range from a Tabasco label or dazzling jewels to hot-rodding women and Japanese carp. You don't need to stare at the many tattooed individuals on the street or search for an image or an artist yourself; just buy this coffee-table book, which is sure to shock, rock, and satisfy.
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Tattooing From Japan To The West:
Horitaka Interviews Contemporary Artists
By Takahiro Kitamura


Meet 26 leading contemporary tattoo artists. Interviews and over 425 exciting color photos of their artwork, from tattoos to paintings, make this an invaluable tattoo resource. This is a viable contribution to tattoo history worldwide, containing insightful interviews with living legends like Don Ed Hardy, Doc Forest, Horiyoshi III, Paul Jeffries, Bob Roberts, and Mike Malone. These tattoo pioneers shed light on the tattoo's evolution from a sub-cultural phenomenon to a mainstream trend, and explore tattooing as a “finer” art form. Their artwork runs the gamut, from full Japanese body suits to traditional American hearts and roses. Some of the best, established contemporary tattoo artists like Freddy Corbin, Theo Jak, Grime, Scott Sylvia, Chris Garver, Juan Puente, and Horitomo are included, in addition to up-and-coming tattooers Jill Bonny, Scott Bryant, George Campise, Chris Conn, Paco Excel, Robert Hernandez, Eiland Hogan, Klem, Chad Koeplinger, Jason Kundell, Jason McAfee, Brent Patten, and Jesse Tuesday. This single volume by tattoo artist Horitaka is compiled from over three years of writing for Tattoo Life magazine, and is a necessary reference for anyone interested in tattoo culture.
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Japanese Tattooing Now!
Memory And Transition:
Classic Horimono To The New One Point Style
By Michael McCabe


Japanese men have been marked by tattoo artists for the past 300 years. Today's urbane Japanese youth continue the tradition, proudly creating and wearing this ever changing art form. Over 530 breathtaking color photos display a vast range of Japanese tattoos, from traditional full-body forms repleat with classical images steeped in symbolism, including Horimono, to modern One-Point style, heavily influenced by the cultures of the West. The fascinating text provides a glimpse of Japan's youth culture and recounts, through personal interviews, stories of Japanese masters of the tattoo art, including Senseis Horihide, Horiyoshi III, Horitoshi I, Horiyasu, and Horikoi. Readers will see some of the most intricate tattoo art in the world, while traveling through time from the 19th century Edo Floating World to the busy streets of modern Tokyo.
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The World of Tattoo:
An Enclycopedic History of Tattooing
By Maarten Van Dinther


Despite a growing fascination with tattooing among social scientists - and the popularity of tattoos themselves in general - the practice of tattooing still lacks a comprehensive historical record. Until very recently, there was no good context for writing a serious world history of tattooing. The present volume for the first time manages to convey the richness of the history of tattooing from antiquity to the present day. Unlike most other tattoo books it does not describe one aspect but rather aims to convey the overall picture. Each of the seven continents is described in terms of tattoo history and tattoo practices. Thus the book provides the reader with a truly global view of tattooing. It adds new information and new examples and insights which help the reader to gain a new perspective. By combining empirical history, powerful cultural analysis, and a highly readable style, the author adds an important step to the ongoing effort of writing a meaningful cultural history of tattooing. He does not draw new conclusions or present shocking new theories, but suggests and invites the reader to form their own opinions. This publication presents the reader with an almost overwhelming amount of textual and visual information. From the well known examples from Tahiti to rarely seen Chinese tattoos, from the Ice Maiden to modern day Western tattoos; they are all there. Many of the approximately 400 colour illustrations are unique images that have never been published before.
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Tattoo:
Bodies, Art and Exchange in the Pacific and Europe
By Thomas Nicholas, Anna Cole, Bronwen Douglas


A highly illustrated history of tattooing and cultural exchange in the Pacific from the late 18th century to the present. Modern Maori-inspired tattoos are a revival of a practice begun in the late 18th century, when Westerners first made contact with the native peoples of the Pacific. The term 'tattoo' entered Europe with the publication of Captain Cook's voyages in the 1770s, and Pacific tattoos became fashionable in the West as sailors, whalers and explorers brought home tattoos from Tahiti, the Marquesas, New Zealand and Polynesia. In recent years these early contacts have been revived, as native tattooists from Oceania have begun tattooing non-Polynesians in Europe, the USA and elsewhere, Robbie Williams being only the most visible example of this new trend. Tatau/Tattoo is both a fascinating book about these early Oceanic- European exchanges, that also documents developments up to the present day, and the first to look at the history of tattooing in Oceania itself. Documenting these complex cultural interactions in the first part of the book, the authors move from issues of encounter, representation and exchange to the interventions of missionaries and the colonial state in local tattoo practices. Highly illustrated with many previously unseen images, for example the original voyage sketches of the first Russian circumnavigation of 1803–6, this is a fascinating account of early tattooing and cultural exchange in Oceania, and will appeal to the wide audience made newly aware of, and interested in, Pacific tattooing.
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Modern Tribalism
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Journey into America's primitive soul in this "graphic, unflinching and startlingly touching" (L.A. Weekly) documentary about the resurgence of humanity's oldest and most intense rituals. From garden-variety tattooing, to frenzied effigy-burning festivals, to the disturbing extremes of body-piercing, Modern Tribalism explores the cultural context surrounding this underground movement.
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Suits Made To Fit:
Tattoos From The New Skool Tattoo Collective
By The New Skool Tattoo Collective


The art of bodysuit tattoos--tattoos that cover the entire body as one intricate piece of work. The artists of the New Skool Tattoo Collective are the young innovators of the medium, and this is the freshest, newest tattoo book on the market, eye-poppingly beautiful, and including * full-color photographs * set in a ribbon-tied, presentation hard case, stunningly designed * with a DVD, a poster, and stickers * and, with four new pages. Art by Wrath, Grime, Jason Kundell, Mike Giant, Craig Toth, Adam Barton, Ron Earhart, Paco Excel, Phil Holt, Adrian Lee, Matt Shamah, and Koritaka.
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Hot Bodies, Cool Styles:
New Techniques in Self Adornment
By Ted Polhemus


The first book to reflect the global wave of enthusiasm for all forms of body decoration. Along with tattooed celebrities, men and women around the world are embracing body decoration. If Chanel jewelry is out of reach except to the few, asking for Chanel—or Gucci—tattoos has become the new craze. Nose rings have entered the boardroom, and navel piercing or tattoos at the base of the spine are de rigueur. Ultraviolet face and hair paint, hair extensions, bleached crew cuts, henna design on hands and feet, ornaments made from found objects—the new creative options give both the single-minded makers of style and the more uncertain majority the opportunity to join in. Ted Polhemus shows how body adornment has been natural to all peoples until the modern period, and why we are now reverting to our roots. After analyzing the various forms of decoration, he shows how we are influenced by the exotic, drawing on tribal or Far Eastern models; the naturalness of artifice and the artifice of the natural look; and how body decoration makes us masters of our own identities. The photographs, taken by the talented young team of UZi PART B, reveal key designs and creative techniques. A practical advice section, specially commissioned from Betti Marenko, includes body preparation, healing times, and safety tips, and provides a valuable guide for those acquiring a tattoo or piercing. 200 color illustrations.
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A Brief History of the Evolution of Body Adornment:
Ancient Origins and Today
By Blake Andrew Perlingieri


New book by Blake of Nomad Precision Body Adornment and Tribal Art Museum. For those interested in the traditional, tribal and cultural aspects of piercing and body mod, this book is a "must-have" according to Fakir. Packed full of historic and rare archival photos, exquisite jewelry from around the world (dating from 3,000b.c. to the present) as well as extreme tribal procedures. Required reading for piercers and enthusiasts in or out of the industry. The book traces piercing's re-emergence into western culture and showcases an amazing variety of jewelry from Ancient Europe, Mesoamerica, and Southeast Asia, to mention a few . Philosophical commentary and historical/autobiographical narrative punctuate the story of humanity's oldest practice.
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Spirit + Flesh
By Fakir Musafar


The road of body modification, piercing, and mutilation is untraveled by most people, yet it holds an undeniable fascination for many. This book, the first monograph devoted to Musafar's photography, chronicles this compelling topic in an amazing collection of 140 photographs taken by Fakir Musafar, the "father of the modern primitive movement." A world-renowned shaman, artist, master piercer, and body modifier, Musafar has devoted most of his life to the personal exploration of body decoration, photographing himself and others since the 1940s. Revealing a modernist edge, these photographs are beautifully composed and printed. Their power as images, however, resides in the intense, unexpected beauty of Musafar's exploration of the spirit/flesh connection.
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500 Tattoo Designs
By Henry Ferguson


Tattoos are no longer unusual or uncommon; they are now an undeniable element of mainstream style and fashion. But tattoos are expensive and, more importantly, permanent; so choosing an image is a very big decision. Here to help is 500 Tattoo Designs, a vast reference library of popular tattoos. Neatly organized by theme, the clearly executed line drawings cover every conceivable subject area - historical and traditional to modern, from tribal imagery of native American Indians, Japanese and Chinese characters, arcane hieroglyphics to gothic skulls, Celtic amulets, and more. The book also features body positioning hints for specific designs, a discussion of color dynamics, and notes on health and safety. Whether you want to show off your design or conceal it, this book is packed with hundreds of possibislities.
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Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia
By Danzig Baldayev


Once upon a time, before the advent of the indie rocker and the alternative chick, before primitivism became a style trend and tattoo parlors set up shop on the good avenues, tattoos were the secret language of a restricted world, a world of criminals. The photographs, drawings and texts published here are part of a collection of 3,600 tattoos accumulated over a lifetime by prison attendant Danzig Baldayev. Tattoos were his entrance into a secret world, a world in which he acted as an ethnographer, recording the rituals of a closed society. The icons and tribal languages he documented are artful, distasteful, sexually explicit and sometimes just simply strange, reflecting as they do the lives and mores of convicts. Skulls, swastikas, harems of naked women, a smiling Al Capone, assorted demons, medieval knights in armor, daggers sheathed in blood, benign images of Christ, mosques and minarets, sweet-faced mothers and their babies, armies of tanks, and a horned Lenin--these are the signs with which this hidden world of people mark and identify themselves.
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Electric Tattooing by Men, 1900-2004
By Madame Chinchilla


A historical and contemporary collection of portraits of male tattoo artists worldwide, and of their work. Each artist has a personal statement about their love of the art of tattoo. Black and white portraits accompanied by quotations and/or text. This is a companion volume to Electric Tattoing by Women.
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The Sketchbook:
80 Unique Designs by the World's Finest Tattoo Artists
By Nancy Heimburger, Marco Bratt


The artistic versatility of tattoo artists has frequently been overshadowed by the negativity that surrounds tattooing in general. Many tattoos are made by would-be artists who copy overused designs. A perfectly tattooed body requires the skills of a professional and talented artist, who creates a unique and personal design. These designs are often inspired by one or more of the various tattoo styles of Japanese, Maori or other tribal origin. "The Sketchbook" offers the reader a selection of 80 of these unique designs by well-known and less famous, but very promising, tattoo artists from around the world. Each artist was requested to create a sketch unrestrained by commercial demands and which reflects their own personal motivations. The book is divided into two sections: the first comprises an explanation of how this collection was brought together, along with a brief illustrated overview of the history and various styles of tattooing. The second section is devoted to the artists, each sketch being accompanied by a biography and favorite quote.
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Tattooed: The Sociogenesis of a Body Art
By Michael Atkinson


Tattoos have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially among young people. While tattooing is used as a symbol of personal identity and social communication, there has been little sociological study of the phenomenon. In Tattooed: The Sociogenesis of a Body Art, tattoo enthusiasts share their stories about their bodies and tattooing experiences. Michael Atkinson shows how enthusiasts negotiate and celebrate their 'difference' as it relates to the social stigma attached to body art – how the act of tattooing is as much a response to the stigma as it is a form of personal expression – and how a generation has appropriated tattooing as its own symbol of inclusiveness. Atkinson further demonstrates how the displaying of tattooed bodies to others – techniques of disclosure, justification, and representation – has become a part of the shared experience. Cultural sensibilities about tattooing are discussed within historical context and in relation to broader trends in body modification, such as cosmetic surgery, dieting, and piercing. The author also employs research from a number of disciplines, as well as contemporary sociological and postmodern theory to analyse the enduring social significance of body art.
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Skin Shows:
The Tattoo Bible
By Chris Wroblewski


Undoubtedly the most exciting and unique publication on the subject of tattooing ever presented. A photographic journey both through the history and the global culture of tattoo art. It begins by uncovering the origins of tattooing in Europe during the 19th century, with wonderful images of early studios and equipment, as well as accounts of the strange personalities of the tattoo world as it was. As time passed the art fluctuated in popularity, until the iconic tattoo images of the 1970s emerged from America leading a renaissance that is still being felt worldwide today. The book is a startling and provocative appraisal of an ancient art form that until rencently remained hidden in the cultural backwaters of our society. Headhunters, skinheads, circus freaks, Buddhist monks, and tattoo fetishists all reveal their obsessions and dedication to the ritual of ink and pain. 392 pp. with 600 color pictures.
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Maori Tattooing
By H. G. Robley


This classic of ethnography was assembled in the 19th century by an astute observer and skilled illustrator who first encountered the Maori art during his military service in New Zealand. Maori tattooing (moko) consists of a complex design of marks, made in ink and incised into the skin, that communicate the bearer's genealogy, tribal affiliation, and spirituality. This well-illustrated volume relates how moko first became known to Europeans and discusses the distinctions between men and women's moko, patterns and designs, moko in legend and song, and the practice of mokomokai: the preservation of the heads of Maori ancestors. Unabridged republication of the classic 1896 edition. 180 black-and-white illustrations.
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Body Art: The Human Canvas
Ink and Steel
By Gary Lee Heard


Throughout time, numerous cultures have used body markings to signify status or enhance beauty. In Western society, during the early part of the 20th century, tattooing was primarily limited to military personnel and fringe communities such as bikers. However, the last 10 years have seen a mainstream acceptance of body art, in large part due to the high visibility of pro athletes and musicians. BODY ART is a photographic essay on what has become one of the main components of pop culture in America today. Gary Lee Heard has the uncanny ability to capture not just the ink on the subjects, but a glimpse into their personalities through the more than 200 striking images. These powerful portraits are accompanied by quotes from the individuals who have decided to express themselves in this dramatic art form.
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The Tattoo Encyclopedia:
A Guide to Choosing Your Tattoo
By Terisa Green


A unique illustrated reference on the origins and meanings of nearly one thousand tattoo symbols that serves as a guide for choosing a personal image and provides a fascinating look at the tattoo as a work of art. A comprehensive, informative exploration of the colorful world of tattoos, The Tattoo Encyclopedia presents concise descriptions of symbols both common and unusual and sheds light on their historic, religious, and cultural significance. Organized in a convenient A-to-Z format, cross-referenced, indexed by category, and illustrated with three hundred samples of authentic tattoo line art, this book features a stunning array of images ranging from ancient Buddhist and Chinese designs to those sported by twenty-first-century bikers. The definition of each symbol includes the widely accepted interpretation based on historical fact and cultural source, as well as various interpretations that have developed across different cultures and time periods.
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The Leu Family:
Family's Iron
By Fabio Paleari


For almost 30 years Felix Leu and his family travelled the world, learning their crafts and art. There are now three generations of the Leu family practising at their famous studios in Lausanne. In addition to Japanese and Indian styles, they are also linguists of the African traditions, having worked alongside Berber tribesmen, along with Indonesian, Polynesian and North American Indian masters. But perhaps what they are most known for is their own personalized style, described by afficionados as "soft and psychedelic". Filip, Felix's son, became specialized in large pieces, bodysuits even. Clients, over several years, offer up their bodies, their hands, their faces and even genitals for decoration. The photographer Fabio Paleari has documented the studio and the designs of the Leu's work in Lausanne and beyond.
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Piercing: A Modern Anthology
By Housk Randall


Throughout history, people have decorated and altered the appearance of their bodies in different ways. Body piercing is one of the oldest and most interesting forms of body modification, yet the reasons for piercing the body are as diverse as the cultures they come from. Body piercing was often identified with royalty and portrayed courage and virility. Egyptian Pharaohs pierced their navals as a rite of passage; Roman soldiers pierced their nipples to show their manhood; and both sexes of Victorian royalty chose to pierce their nipples and genitals. Our culture has brought to the mainstream some of these ancient practices, the difference being that body piercing is today a form of self-expression, an exciting means of transforming the body in startling and unexpected ways.
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The Customized Body
By Ted Polhemus

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True Blood
By David Aaron Clark, Charles Gatewood

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Pagan Fleshworks:
The Alchemy of Body Modification
By Maureen Mercury, Steve Haworth

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Body Marks:
Tattooing, Piercing, and Scarification
By Kathlyn Gay

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Return of the Tribal:
Celebration of Body Adornment
By Rufus C. Camphausen

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Re/Search #12:
Modern Primitives
By V. Vale

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Primitives 2 Ed:
Tribal Body Art and the Left Hand Path
By Charles Gatewood

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1000 Tattoos
By Henk Schiffmacher

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Tattoos
By Henk Schiffmacher

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Total Tattoo Book
By Amy Krakow

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Body Probe: Torture Garden 2
By David Wood

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Africa Adorned
By Angela Fisher

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Decorated Skin
A World Survey of Body Art
By Karl Groning

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Tattoo History Source Book
By Steve Gilbert

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Tattoo
By Dale Durfee

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Punk and Neo-Tribal Body Art
By Daniel Wojcik

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Tattoos from Paradise:
Traditional Polynesian Patterns
By Mark Blackburn

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Stewed Screwed and Tattooed
By Madame Chinchilla

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Bodies of Subversion 2 Ed:
Secret History of Women and Tattoo
By Margot Mifflin

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Bushido:
Legacies of the Japanese Tattoo
By Takahiro Kitamura

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Tattoos from the Floating World:
Ukiyo-E Motifs in Japanese Tattoo
By Takahiro Kitamura


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Customizing the Body:
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