This beautifully presented and illustrated book shows the development of a sub-culture that is not mainstream. It both celebrates and explains its enduring appeal, and walks the reader through more than 100 years of history from the tattoo pen designed by Thomas Edison to toy wrestling figurines.
Tattoo: An Illustrated Miscellany, is it any good? You bet your arse it is! . . . A tattoo museum in book form, if you love tattoos, love history and find fascination in curiousities, then you will love this book . . . I can't overstate how much I love this book, the quality of the finish is superb, it not only looks good, it feels good in your hands. The written parts of each chapter are just long enough to keep your interest and not long enough to have you abandoning it half way through to look at the pictures....and it is the pictures that had me enthralled throughout and to which I keep returning. If you have any interest in tattoos, tattooing and how the art got to where it is today you should get yourself a copy before you do anything else.
Featuring items from private archives, this new book reveals the fascinating hidden world of tattoos, past and present. Including previously unpublished photography and anecdotes, Tattoo showcases the history of tattooing through a variety of items: from old hand-made tools, to stencils and flash art, to postcards, convention passes, business cards and much more.