"Tattoo World" Book Release
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On October 1st, one of my latest book projects will hit the shelves of major bookstores:  "Tattoo World," published by Abrams Books, is a 384-page hardcover featuring 1,000 tattoo images from 125 stellar artists -- artists I stalked for over a year in order to have them be a part of a book designed to show a mass audience the possibilities of tattoo art. As always, I'm utterly grateful for their participation.

The text is by Michael Kaplan, a well respected journalist who has written for the New York Times, Wired and Details. Michael interviewed the artists for profiles that accompany the collages of their work. The cover art is created by Chris Conn Askew, which was then laser cut for 3-D effect.

It was an interesting experience working with a large US publisher, representing the interests of our tattoo community in a project designed for a mainstream audience. [A big difference from my monster books for Edition Reuss, which are specifically geared towards serious collectors and artists.] I am excited that the average person can walk into a chain like Barnes & Noble, pick up "Tattoo World" and find out about Horiyoshi III, Filip Leu, Paul Booth, Guy Aitchison and others who have had a profound impact on the art. The book isn't limited to the "big names," however, and highlights the work of some emerging artists pushing tattoo in new directions. Of course, we couldn't include every brilliant artist (and not everyone agreed when asked). I do believe the work shown will inspire people to do more research and learn about the many tattoo masters across the globe.

tattoo world.jpgAs with any book release of mine, there's a party. Once again, we're joining forces with our dear friends at Tattoo Culture--who are celebrating their six year anniversary--for a joint bash in their Brooklyn studio.

Mark your calendars: Friday, October 7th, from 7-10PM. Click here for address & map. More on Facebook.

The book is available on for pre-sale. For anyone interested in a signed copy, perhaps with a love note, I have only 15 books available to Needles & Sins friends for $35. First come, first serve. If you're interested, hit me up at marisa at

Hope to see y'all on Oct. 7th!

shige tattoo world.jpg Tattoos in layout above by Shige, Yellow Blaze Tattoo.

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