Art on Skin: Tattoos, Style, and the Human Canvas

Art on Skin: Tattoos, Style, and the Human Canvas

Marcel Brousseau

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 1629142093

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A celebration of all things tattoo, this visually appealing wealth of tattoo knowledge will have you running for the nearest tattoo artist. The twenty-first century has seen a boom in tattooing, with millions of American’s—23 percent of them—boasting ink on their body. This popular pastime is not something to be taken lightly, as there are dozens of aspects to consider when planning your ink. Art on Skin helps with that planning by detailing the different types of art, ink, and artists that pervade the industry.

Using striking visuals, Art on Skin showcases the beauty of the art of tattooing and aids in the choosing of a style, with detailed descriptions of the many different styles of tattoos, including fine art, cartoon characters, wildlife, and many more. The full-color photographs within these pages will leave you with dreams of your own pieces, and stories from others who have lived the tattoo experience will keep you from stumbling upon unwelcome surprises. This is the perfect book for tattoo lovers and prospective tattoo junkies of all kinds.

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bejeweled headdress of gold, the god sits on splendid royal plum–colored drapery. Subject: Miss Amanda / Artist: Colby Long A very flash interpretation of the hindu goddess Kali shows this consort of Lord Shiva in her blue-hued, many-armed form. Her azure skin is offset with gold adornments and purple and red finery. Despite her associations with death and destruction, recent movements have reimagined Kali as a benevolent goddess of change. Subject: S.C. Gypsy Queen Aurora / Artist: Margo

“Sausage” Frank Strategically placed jewel studs decorate this butterfly, the centerpiece of a belly tattoo. Subject: Kristal Frank / Artist: Walter “Sausage” Frank This father and daughter pair has opted for strong black tattoos, rather than bright colors, to express themselves. He shows off a female shaman on his side, while she displays a winged heart at her waist. Subjects: Ziccy and Nicole “Nixy” Zic / Artist: Ian Shaffer This tattoo of the archangel Michael defeating Satan is graphic

tattooing as a social norm. What Europeans saw—proudly tattooed bodies—was a mirror of their own distant heritage before it was swayed, like everything else, by the mores of Greek, Roman, Jewish, and Christian culture. Full-body tattoos on men are a long-standing tradition in Japan. The tattooist commonly uses the entire back as a canvas for intricate, lush depictions of the natural world. Photograph by Felice Beato, c. 1870 The Battle of Hastings in 1066 saw the Normans conquer the tribal

watery grave. This tattoo of a mer-couple is an example of a soft-focus treatment that also creates a wonderful spatial quality. Subject: Shannaan / Artist: Rachel Telles, Side Show Tattoos & Piercings A great horned owl in full stretch decorates the entirety of this man’s upper back. The bird’s plumage is well depicted in only shades of black and brown. Subject: Michael Leaver / Artist: Jackie Jennings, Ink Bitch A fluorescent garden decorates a chest, with numerous flowers realistically

have erupted around the older, more humble, heart tattoo commemorating the subject’s parents. Below left: The carefully delineated lines of this koi are filled in with burnished golden hues interspersed with jet black and shimmery silver markings, which pop against the cerulean and aqua hues of the water. Subject: Todd Glover / Artist: Tara Goshow, Phenom-A-Bomb Tattoo This striking chest panorama, below, features an adult eagle about to feed its young with a writhing snake. The color choices,

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