Tattoo Designs Inspiration Books

Angel Tattoos: Over 400 Tattoo Designs, Ideas and Pictures Including Angel Wings, Baby Angels, Devil Angels, Tribal, Cross, Fairy Tattoo
by Johnny Karp (Author)

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Tattoo Designs Inspiration Books

BUY: Angel Tattoos: Over 400 Tattoo Designs, Ideas and Pictures Including Angel Wings, Baby Angels, Devil Angels, Tribal, Cross, Fairy and
With over 400 angel tattoo designs, this book is probably the largest collection of angel tattoos you will ever find. From angel wings to baby angels and tribal angels, from fairy angels and cross angels to devil angels and cupids, all designs are very well represented in this book.

If you are looking to get a new angel tattoo, this book will help you find your dream design. If you are a tattoo professional, this book, and the other in the same collection, will make an excellent inspiration source for you and your customers.

 


 

Beyond Tattoo: Art, Graphics and Illustration by the World’s Leading Tattoo Artists
by Allan Graves (Author)

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Tattoo Designs Inspiration Books

BUY: Beyond Tattoo: Art, Graphics and Illustration by the World’s Leading Tattoo Artists
A look at the crossover between fine art and tattooing

Fine artists are increasingly practicing the art of tattoo while tattoo artists are exercising their skills beyond skin; both are taking the visceral aesthetic of the tattoo underworld with them to create some astounding art pieces. A new art movement in its own right, this fantastic collection of amazing, visceral imagery will appeal to anyone into the contemporary art scene, but also to the vast armies of people getting inked. More than 50 world-class artists from the United States., Europe, Japan, Brazil, Indonesia, and the UK are represented, each with a detailed biography and discussion of their work.
Review
“The artwork in Beyond Tattoo is simply breathtaking, not to mention the book makes a great coffee table read.” —Aquarian

About the Author
Allan Graves is a London-based tattooist whose skin art career has seen him embellish bodies in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Ibiza, Berlin, Barcelona, and London. He is the owner of and leading artist at London’s famous Haunted Tattoos.

 


 

Celtic and Old Norse Designs (Dover Pictorial Archive)
by Courtney Davis (Author)

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BUY: Celtic and Old Norse Designs (Dover Pictorial Archive)
Artists, illustrators, designers, and craftspeople in search of exceptionally bold and inventive motifs will find them in this versatile treasury brimming with 125 royalty-free designs. Taken from authentic Celtic and Old Norse sources, they include an amazing array of birds, human figures, and mythological creatures, all ingeniously woven into an intricate network of spirals and interlacings.
Meticulously adapted from artwork that graced ancient rune stones and religious symbols, furniture, manuscripts, bronze mirrors, sword hilts, cooking utensils, and other artifacts, the illustrations depict a crucifix; decorative creatures that adorned the pages of the Lindisfarne Gospels; interwoven designs from stone crosses of Ireland, Scotland, and Cornwall; and many other designs and motifs.
Convenient and inexpensive, this collection offers inspiration and a wealth of immediately usable dramatic ornamentation rich in character and distinctive in content.

From the Back Cover
Artists, illustrators, designers, and craftspeople in search of exceptionally bold and inventive motifs will find them in this versatile treasury brimming with 125 royalty-free designs. Taken from authentic Celtic and Old Norse sources, they include an amazing array of birds, human figures, and mythological creatures, all ingeniously woven into an intricate network of spirals and interlacings.
Meticulously adapted from artwork that graced ancient rune stones and religious symbols, furniture, manuscripts, bronze mirrors, sword hilts, cooking utensils, and other artifacts, the illustrations depict a crucifix; decorative creatures that adorned the pages of the Lindisfarne Gospels; interwoven designs from stone crosses of Ireland, Scotland, and Cornwall; and many other designs and motifs.
Convenient and inexpensive, this collection offers inspiration and a wealth of immediately usable dramatic ornamentation rich in character and distinctive in content.

About the Author
Courtney Davis is now recognised internationally as one of the foremost modern interpreters of the traditional art and graphic symbolism of the Celts. She has achieved great success with some 18 books, including Celtic Illumination, The Celtic Art Source Book, Celtic Borders and Decorations and The Art of Celtia, and these have established a world reputation for his technique and imagery.

 


 

Great Book of Tattoo Designs, Revised Edition: More than 500 Body Art Designs
by Lora Irish (Author)

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Tattoo Designs Inspiration Books

BUY: Great Book of Tattoo Designs, Revised Edition: More than 500 Body Art Designs
From delicate roses to majestic animals, from steampunk to Celtic, from fairies to Mayan warriors, this comprehensive collection of original artwork presents all of today’s most popular tattoo subjects. Nationally recognized graphic designer Lora S. Irish looks at the human body with an artist’s eye, to create designs that look great on skin. Over 500 exquisite patterns strike the perfect balance between artistic vision and the practical demands of needle and ink.

From the Back Cover
From delicate roses to majestic animals, from steampunk to Celtic, from fairies to Mayan warriors, this comprehensive collection of original artwork presents all of today’s most popular tattoo subjects. If you’re inspired to make a permanent personal statement with artwork that is truly artwork, these tattoo-friendly designs are just what you’re looking for. Nationally recognized graphic designer Lora S. Irish looks at the human body with an artist’s eye, to create designs that look great on skin. Her exquisite patterns strike the perfect balance between artistic vision and the practical demands of needle and ink. With over 500 images here to choose from, the Great Book of Tattoo Designs is the only tattoo design book you’ll ever need.

About the Author
Lora S. Irish is an internationally known artist and author.In addition to her work as an author, in 1997, working from her home studio, Lora and her husband, Michael, created www(dot)carvingpatterns(dot)com, an Internet-based studio focusing on online tutorials, projects, and patterns created exclusively by Lora for crafters and artisans. The website offers more than 1,500 patterns in various subject categories, including Americana, Animal and Wildlife, Celtic Knots, Dragons and Beasts, Nautical and Sea Life, Spirit People, and many more. Lora continues to provide new patterns-and inspiration to many artists-at the site. Lora also contributes a regular relief carving pattern column to Woodcarving Illustrated magazine and is a frequent contributor to Scroll Saw Woodworking and Crafts magazine.

 


 

Modern Tribal Tattoo Designs
by Lora Irish (Author)

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Tattoo Designs Inspiration Books

BUY: Modern Tribal Tattoo Designs
This collection of original tribal-inspired designs includes spiked spirals, ragged curved lines, bold blackwork, henna designs, and many other stylized motifs. More than 350 patterns ready to be replicated by your tattoo artist or personalized for craft projects.

Review
Nationally known artist Lora S. Irish is the author of a new book, Modern Tribal Tattoo Designs (Fox Chapel Publishing, $14.95, U.S. , paperback). The book offers readers a collection of neo-tribal designs that shows many of the qualities that artists look for in their designs, such as love, strength, and loyalty. Irish includes a variety of tattoo types, from fine-line henna designs and moifs, to free form and large black designs. Designs for the back, armbands, shoulders and chest, as well as elements that can be combined to create your own unique tattoo are also included. Readers can even get instructions and graph paper needed to make a tribal design from the book. This book is perfect for the tattoo aficionado, artist or anyone looking to make a statement.

Abatement to the popularity of tribal is nowhere to be seen and no doubt many tattooists are always seeking pastures new when it comes to inspiration. Step forward “Modern Tribal Tattoo Designs”, a compact publication that explores everything from blackwork to freeform and neotribal, with well in excess of one hundred pages of content provided. Lora Irish has gone to some painstaking trouble in the composition of this book and she manages to step outside the realms of the trite and overdone patterns that are often encountered, resulting in many intricate and interesting motifs. The opening pages provide a truly a excellent tutorial in how to approach the creation of custom designs and this would have been a great theme to continue further into the book, especially for any tattooists who are not too au fait with the composition and form of tribal and desire something more original to work with. Overall this is a great tool and you’ll be hard pressed to find another reference source as cheap and varied as this one.

New tattoo designs are created all the time. But always inspired by the past. This just released book is a compilation of interesting designs inspired by many different cultural sources. Totems, talismans, free-form, repetitive graphics. In this book, you should find all the resources you need to make your choice. And before you commit you can even check on the meaning associated with the attributes of each tattoo. 112 pages.

I found both the Modern Tribal Tattoo and 101 Artistic Relief Patterns to be an inspiring collection of designs, for both within and beyond their intended medium. To be sure, there were a number of patterns particularly in Lora Irish’s book that could easily be applied as a decorative element to the ceramic surface, whether brushed or carved! In fact, it would be lovely to see a book that describes the techniques of creating these designs in clay as well! Once more, all of us potters here at the Bamboushay studio were delighted to find fresh ideas for our surface decoration, especially from such an unexpected resource as tattoo and wood carving designs. We all thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and would certainly be happy to share in the same way should have any further inquiries into the world of clay!
From the Back Cover
Define Who You Are with Today’s Tribal Designs Each culture of the world has its own style of tattoo, and our ancestors proudly wore these designs to identity family history, achievements, and skills. Today, men and women are again wearing tribal tattoos to reflect individuality and define their life experiences. Now, from Lora Irish, author of the best-selling Great Book of Tattoo Designs, comes Modern Tribal Tattoo Designs-a collection of original tribal-inspired elements and complete designs, including spiked spirals, ragged curved lines, bold blackwork, henna designs, and many other stylized motifs. A list of attributes and symbolic descriptions will help you personalize your design, and a detailed tutorial will guide those who want to design their own unique body art. Whether you’re looking to proclaim your love, bravery, strength, or courage, with more than 350 designs to choose from, you’re sure to find a tattoo that distinguishes you from the crowd. “Lora Irish understands what tattoo artists need and what tattoo collectors want.” —–Joy Surles, Editor Art & Ink/Outlaw Biker Publications.

 


 

Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them
by Wendy MacNaughton (Author), Isaac Fitzgerald (Author)

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BUY: Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them
Every tattoo tells a story, whether the ink is meaningful or the result of a misguided decision made at the age of fourteen, representative of the wearer’s true self or the accidental consequence of a bender. These most permanent and intimate of body adornments are hidden by pants legs and shirttails, emblazoned on knuckles, or tucked inside mouths. They are battle scars and beauty marks, totems and mementos.

Pen & Ink grants us access to the tattoos-and the stories behind them-of writers Cheryl Strayed and Roxane Gay; rockers in the bands Korn, Otep, and Five Finger Death Punch; and even a porn star. But it also illuminates the tattoos of the ordinary people living in our midst-from professors to thrift store salespeople, cafe owners to librarians, union organizers to administrators-and their extraordinary lives.

Curated and edited by Isaac Fitzgerald, who sports twelve tattoos himself, each story “is like being let in on . . . secrets by . . . strangers who passed you on the street or sat across from you on the train” (Strayed) and features Wendy MacNaughton’s gorgeously rendered full-color illustrations of the tattoos on black-and-white drawings of the bearer’s body. At its heart, beneath its colorful skin, Pen & Ink is an exploration of the decision to scar one’s self with a symbol and a story.
Review
“Oh my god, this gorgeous, gorgeous book. It will, like its subject, alter you permanently. We sometimes forget: each tattoo has its story. Many are lovingly recorded here–from the wicked to the profound to the ridiculous. This gorgeous, gorgeous book perfectly chronicles the stories that we wear on our skin.” ―Colin Meloy, lead singer of The Decemberists

“For anybody who ever looked at a stranger’s tattoo and wondered why?, Pen & Ink offers a gorgeous, hilarious, and moving Because. In its pages, the most amateurish, outlandish, and bizarre tattoos become portals into their owners’ lives and dreams. In the process, they become beautiful.” ―Peter Trachtenberg, author of Seven Tattoos

“In Pen & Ink, Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton have captured the fascinating stories people secret beneath their skin, how they have marked their skin and why. The revelations in this remarkable collection are, in turns, poignant, charming, heartbreaking, and honest. Like tattoos, these stories leave an impression that will linger.” ―Roxane Gay

“Inspired . . . Drawn in a whimsical, tender style, MacNaughton’s portraits are captivating in their intimacy . . . Without judgment or regret, this emotionally raw collection, featuring an introduction by Cheryl Strayed, explores how we find permanence in an impermanent world.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Kitschy, hipster . . . MacNaughton’s drawings are lovely . . . . The book is charming . . . enchanting. This is a title that readers can leaf through a little at a time, savoring the illustrations, or perhaps devour in one sitting.” ―Library Journal

“[One of] the best art books of 2014.” ―Huffington Post

“The real reasons people get tattoos.” ―Flavorwire, 25 Must-Read Books for the Fall

“Fascinating . . . Gorgeous.” ―Mother Jones

“Each ink drawing is a secret story. What I love most about this book is that it doesn’t cover just huge sleeves and complicated tattoos, it also honors the newly popular (again) art of poke-and-stick tattoos.” ―Design*Sponge, Best Illustrated Books

“Pen & Ink is absolutely delightful from cover to cover.” ―Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

“Beautifully illustrated . . . More than a keepsake for tattoo enthusiasts; it is an artifact of diverse, deeply human histories, like the cave paintings of Lascaux or an illuminated manuscript, a compilation of intimate knowledge we can only hope to see continued in the future.” ―Shelf Awareness

“Illustrator and visual storyteller Wendy MacNaughton–she of extraordinary sensitivity to the human experience–and editor Isaac Fitzgerald catalog the wild, wicked, wonderfully human stories behind people’s tattoos. . . . The stories–sometimes poetic, sometimes political, always deeply personal–brim with the uncontainable, layered humanity that is MacNaughton’s true medium.” ―Brain Pickings’ Best Art, Design & Photography Books of 2014

“Pen & Ink takes a brilliant concept–hey, what’s the story behind your tattoo?–and brings it to life with MacNaughton’s vivid illustrations and BuzzFeed Books editor Fitzgerald’s knack for getting true, fantastic stories . . . The collected portraits are funny and sometimes heartbreaking, and they show human nature and experience in all its endearing colors.” ―Flavorwire, “The Year’s Most Beautiful and Interesting Art Books”

“Pen & Ink reads like a good book of poetry, like an illustrated sonnet sequence. It makes literature out of the experience of tattoos without being . . . precious, or pretentious, or opaque, or ugly. This book is as strong and weird and reckless and smart as the people in it.” ―The Drunken Odyssey

“The second my eyes met the beautiful drawings I was in love.” ―Conz Preti, ABCNews.com on the Pen & Ink Tumblr

“Reveal[s] the often hilarious, sometimes poignant stories behind these permanent remnants of our fleeting opinions, passions and phases.” ―O, The Oprah Magazine on the Pen & Ink Tumblr

“New favorite Tumblr.” ―Maria Popova, @brainpicker on the Pen & Ink Tumblr

About the Author
Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and been given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. He has also written for McSweeney’s, Mother Jones, and The San Francisco Chronicle. He is the editor of BuzzFeed Books. Visit him at isaacfitzgerald.net and follow him @isaacfitzgerald. He lives in New York City.

Wendy MacNaughton is a New York Times bestselling illustrator whose books include Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology, and whose work has appeared in places like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Lucky Peach, and Print Magazine. Visit her at wendymacnaughton.com and follow her @wendymac. She lives in San Francisco, CA.

 


 

Spiritual Skin: Sacred Tattoos: More than Skin Deep
by Tania Marie (Author)

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BUY: Spiritual Skin: Sacred Tattoos: More than Skin Deep
The most important, up-to-date, must-read tattoo guide ever that will answer all of your questions about body art, integrate spirituality into your tattoo process, and positively transform your life. A revealing rarity, receiving rave reviews. No other book like it! In-depth, practical guidelines and rich, historical information PLUS creating powerful tattoos for empowerment & spiritual awakening. Tania Marie’s ground-breaking new book takes you on an enlightening spiritual journey through body art while you discover the world of you, through the world of tattoos. Spiritual Skin creates the bridge between physical and spiritual, as it challenges you to look further than skin deep. Learn why spiritual tattoos are increasing in significance with the revival of this ancient sacred art. If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo, adding to the ones you already have, want to learn how tattoos can be an all-encompassing spiritual process, simply enjoy reading new perspectives and interesting history, or are opposed to tattoos and want to know what all the hype is about, then this is the must-have book for you.

About the Author
Tania Marie is a visionary artist, sacred tattoo designer, Reiki Master Teacher, and writer. With over 25 years’ experience in healing arts and metaphysical studies, Tania supports people globally to find inspiration and empowerment, and to live with more conscious awareness.

 


 

Superior Tattoo Bible: Book One
by Superior Tattoo (Compiler)

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Tattoo Designs Inspiration Books

BUY: Superior Tattoo Bible: Book One
Tattoo Bible Book One, authored by Superior Tattoo, provides well over 500 pieces of unique flash art. Everything is here, from hearts to dragons, tattoo designs that range from traditional to the avant-garde.

About the Author
Superior Tattoo is one of the premier suppliers of equipment and supplies to tattoo shops all over the world. In fact they are rated the number one supplier of quality tattoo equipment by International Tattoo Art magazine. From tattoo machines to inks of every color, Superior Tattoo sells and services everything a shop needs to create high quality, colorful tattoos. Because of their position in the industry and relationships with some of the best-known tattoo artists, Superior Tattoo is in an ideal position to author a book of unique flash art.

 


 

Tattoo Johnny: 3,000 Tattoo Designs
by Tattoo Johnny (Author), David Bollt (Introduction)

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Tattoo Designs Inspiration Books

BUY: Tattoo Johnny: 3,000 Tattoo Designs
These days, it seems like everybody—male, female, young, and old—wants a tattoo. But choosing the right design isn’t always easy. Tattoo Johnny to the rescue! Culled from the world’s leading tattoo Web site, this in-depth resource offers more than 1,000 designs in a wide range of styles, all by renowned artists: angels, devils, flowers, pirates, pin-ups, religious images, stars, zodiac signs, and more. Whether readers are getting their first tattoo, or a second, third, or tenth, this is the ideal place to find the perfect pattern.

About the Author
Tattoo Johnny is the largest supplier of designs to professional tattoo studios around the world.

 


 

Tattoos
by Mitch O’Connell (Illustrator)

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Tattoo Designs Inspiration Books

Buy from Amazon: Tattoos
The book contains 250 tattoo designs, the best of O’Connell’s 3 sets of tattoo flash titled Stewed, Screwed and Tattooed (2001), Done While Drunk (2002), and From the Bottom of the Barrel (2006). Each limited edition set sold for $100, and is now out of print, and this volume collects all the images in one easy-to-flip-through book. Mitch O’Connell’s art is reminiscent of the Old School tattoo art, from masters such as Sailor Jerry Collins and Don Ed Hardy, but uses more contemporary themes with a distinctive style.

 


 

Tattoo Sourcebook: Pick and Choose from Thousands of the Hottest Tattoo Designs
by Tattoofinder (Author)

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Tattoo Designs Inspiration Books

BUY: Tattoo Sourcebook: Pick and Choose from Thousands of the Hottest Tattoo Designs
A lush sourcebook of nearly two thousand tattoo designs from artists around the world. From the editors of TattooFinder, it’s a fantastic compendium for people who want to think before they ink! Whether you’re tattoo-curious or tattoo-crazy, The Tattoo Sourcebook has everything you need to pick and choose the perfect design for you. Browse the nearly two thousand designs included – everything from Celtic and tribal to butterflies and fairies. It’s a visual compendium of high-quality, detailed designs from artists all over the world including contributions and commentary from famed tattooists Friday Jones (who inked Angelina Jolie and Janeane Garofalo), Lyle Tuttle (who tattooed Cher and Jane Fonda), Guy Aitchison, Rand Johnson, Edward Lee, and more. And if you’re a tattoo newbie, find out everything you need to know before you get inked. Crosses, dragons, astrological signs, snakes, phoenixes, and more – this is a treasure trove of inspiration for anyone whose tattoo itch is starting to burn!

About the Author
TattooFinder was founded in 2003 after owners Lou Bardach, Rachael Bardach, Brad Hutchinson, and Brett O’Connor received multitudes of requests from individuals looking to browse individual tattoo designs before getting them inked. TattooFinder works with tattoo artists and studios all over the world, and their site was ranked by PC Magazine as one of the Top 100 Websites.

 


 

Tattoo Traditions of Hawaii
by Tricia Allen (Author)

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Tattoo Designs Inspiration Books

BUY: Tattoo Traditions of Hawaii
Anthropologist and tattooist Tricia Allen has harnessed centuries of knowledge about Hawaiian tattoos and has created this fascinating, comprehensive reference book that can be enjoyed by both tattoo enthusiasts and cultural scholars. Tattoo Traditions of Hawaii describes the evolution of Hawaiian tattooing as an art and science tracing it from its early roots in ancient Polynesia; presents motif, meaning, placement, tools and techniques along with personal observations and commentary in meticulous and graphic detail; discusses contemporary Hawaiian tattooing within the context of contact with the Western world; and includes drawings of designs and patterns for ideas and consideration.

 


 

The Craft of Tattooing
by Erick Alayon (Author)

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Tattoo Designs Inspiration Books

BUY: The Craft of Tattooing
The Craft of Tattooing was written for the beginning student of Tattooing. This easy to use and comprehensive guide will show you everything you need to know to get started as a Tattoo Artist. Erick Alayon has been Tattoo professionally since 1988, no other tattooing instruction author can say that! Inside you will learn, How to set up and tune Tattoo Machines, equipment you will need to get started, how to get started, tips on outlining, shading and coloring, plus lots more! Covers advice and technical information to help you get started toward a successful career!

About the Author
Erick Alayon has been a professional Tattoo Artist since 1988. He is an indie writer of Alternative Fiction and poetry and lives with his four kids on the east end of Long Island, NY. His favorite pastime is wet plate collodion photography using an antique 1912 view camera. He also uses a digital camera, but enjoys traditional film photography the most, using vintage and homemade cameras.

 


 

The Japanese Tattoo
by Sandi Fellman (Author, Photographer), D. M. Thomas (Introduction)

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Tattoo Designs Inspiration Books

BUY: The Japanese Tattoo
A crimson fish wrestles a man. A horned demon stares menacingly. These vivid scenes are tattoos, created in pain, incised in the flesh of the Yakuza, Japan’s feared secret society of gangsters. They are the visions of the Irezumi, the legendary tattoo artists, who spend years creating living masterpieces. Photographer Sandi Fellman describes this strange and violent world both in her text and in her stunning, large Polaroid photographs.

From Library Journal
American photographer Sandi Fellman used a rare large size Polaroid camera to create these photos of Irezumi Japanese men and women who wear elaborate full-body tattoos. Fellman treats the tattoos as artworks and their creators as artists. Her text touches on the tattooing process, common motifs, the sociology of the tattoo, and relationships between the tattoo masters and their clients. Author D.M. Thomas has contributed two pages of his reactions to these unusual and even disturbing images. The 46 color plates in this volume, most of them whole body nudes, should prove provocative, fascinating, or repellant to a wide variety of library patrons. Kathryn W. Finkelstein, M.L.S., Cincinnati.

 


 

The Mammoth Book of Tattoos
by Lal Hardy (Author)

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Tattoo Designs Inspiration Books

BUY: The Mammoth Book of Tattoos
This collection covers all styles of tattoos from bold tribal pieces, Chines characters, and hieroglyphs to delicate air-brushed designs. Included are striking images of tattoos ranging from all-over “body suits” to individual motifs.

About the Author
Lal Hardy is the proprietor of legendary New Wave Tattoo in London, which he has operated since 1979. He has been tattooist to a roll-call of rock stars and movie actors. He lives in London.