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05:47 PM
tattoo books.jpgJust a quickie post to let you know that we now have a Needles & Sins online store where those in the US can buy author copies of my books quick and easy and cheap(er).

While Black Tattoo Art is currently sold out, I do have available copies of Color Tattoo Art and Black & Grey Tattoo.

For those outside the US, hit me up at for shipping rates.
02:03 PM
Full Coverage third edition.jpgFull Coverage Adrian Lee.jpgIn 2006, Adrian Lee and the NSKolectiv unveiled Full Coverage, a project in which their Suits Made to Fit "homework assignment," documenting the creation of full bodysuit tattoo designs on paper, was now put on living bodies -- thirty-three bodies transformed by eight artists: Adrian Lee, Horitaka, Paco Excel, Matt Shamah, Ron Earhart, Nate Banuelos, Jason Kundell, and Phil Holt. [See this trailer on how the project developed.] 

The Full Coverage two-volume hardcover, with photographs by Max Dolberg and NSK illuminating the process from concept to creation, was released as a limited edition. It begins with an essay by Horiyoshi III followed by Adrian Lee's introductory text. The book sold out within one month. A second edition was released. Sold out. Used copies on eBay. Sold.

Now a revised third edition has been released that is 240 pages (11x14") of tattoo masterworks in a beautiful hardcover slipcase. It can be purchased for $80 on Last Gasp.

For purists, a rare copy of the first edition Japanese version of the book is being sold on the Analog Tattoo online store for $250. Other books available are Bloodwork Sleeves (350-page hardcover of 67 sleeves by 30 tattooers), Action Reaction & Suits Made to Fit. All gorgeous additions to your tattoo library.
05:53 AM
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I'm thrilled to announce the release of the latest in the series of hardcover coffee table books (or rather coffee tables) for Edition Reuss Publishing, which I co-authored with the wonderful Edgar Hoill. Behold our three-volume monstrous box set:

The beautifully designed box contains three hardcovers, totaling 1,008 pages and weighing 22.6 pounds. They are monsters at about 15 x 12 inches (24.5 x 31.5 cm).  [Yes, like my Black Tattoo Art book, they double as a home defense device.]

If you want to take a look inside, check the Flickr photoset.

Ok, now for the promo blah blah ...

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"Black & Grey Tattoo" is a mammoth work. Comprising over a thousand pages, it is one of the largest - if not the largest - tattoo book ever published! Its three large-format volumes are contained inside a lavish and sturdy hardcover box. The set explores a monochrome art form through a kaleidoscope of the most widely diverse interpretations and craftsmanly techniques, performed by tattoo artists from all parts of the world. This tattoo tome explores the origins of black & grey tattooing - from the prisons and streets of LA to its contemporary resonance on Hollywood's red carpets, at heavy metal music festivals, and in private ateliers from Budapest to Beijing. While rendered in just shades of grade, the spectrum of design is vast: Aztec warriors, fierce harpies, family portraits, religious icons and permanent shrines to celebrities adorn these pages. The common thread among them all is their inventive exposition and mastery of execution. It is divided into three volumes: "Traditional Black & Grey", "Dark/Horror" and "Photorealism". Indeed, there is cross-pollination among the different styles, but the breakdown is not just for easier lifting of this monster collection. It is to show how tattoos with similar stylistic elements are interpreted differently by stellar artists around the world. The books also present the fine art - including paintings and charcoals - of many of those featured, although the tattoos themselves should be considered fine art.
09:10 AM

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Next week, Solid State Publishing--an enterprise of Solid State Tattoo in Milwaukee--is releasing These Old Blue Arms: The Life and Work of Amund Dietzel. The preview page they've got up looks fantastic and at over 200 pages and a mere $50, you'd be crazy not to order this bad boy.

Marisa will have a full review coming up after she tears through her copy.

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01:58 PM
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This list of our favorite tattoo tomes was not easy to compile. A LOT of tattoo books are out there. But this list reflects new gems and some old favorites. All are great gifts or must haves for your own collections.

Tattoo Art Photography Books:

* Lal Hardy's The Mammoth Book of Tattoos is a brilliant paperback featuring the work of today's top tattooists by a prolific artist himself.

* Underway is the Only Way, available on BookMistress, also features spectacular tattoos as well as interviews with many of their creators. The 320-pager is out of print but a second edition is in the works.

* Shige and Pint: two volumes on masters in their own tattoo styles -- one Japanese and one Black & Gray -- by State of Grace Inc. Buy the two along with the Ichibay sketchbook on and save on shipping costs.

* The Leu Family's Family Iron, released in 2004, is a must-have hardcover on a family that revolutionized the art over generations.

* Tattoo in Japan is a monster art book housing gorgeous photography of Irezumi across the country, from traditional tebori work to new school stylings. Normally sold for $150, Amazon has it for $118 from select sellers.

* Black Tattoo Art. Oh yeah, I'm this shameless. But I have to include it because it's the only book ever published -- and as a 9lb massive coffee table book  -- on modern Blackwork tattoos. I'm proud of it so I'm pimpin it. Order it from Last Gasp and put in the code "Needles" at checkout for free shipping.

Tattoo Artist Sketchbooks & Fine Art books:

* Joe Capobianco's Knock Yerself Out, which we reviewed last month, is one of our favorite sketchbooks for fantasy art & delicious cheesecake tattoos. Available at Pulse Tattoo Supply.

* Dragons II by Filip Leu is a gorgeous compilation of signature dragon designs -- 45 large sheets -- created to inspire your next backpiece or bodysuit if you can't get an appointment with the master himself.

* Art By Tattooists: Beyond Flash, which we also reviewed last month, shows the artwork of twenty-six international tattoo artists in a variety of mediums, from watercolors to graffiti.

* Mike Giant's Coup D' Etat was published this past September in conjunction with his show at the Magda Danysz Gallery in Paris and not only includes his drawings, graff and tattoo sketches but his latest foray into photography.

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* The Tattooed Lady: A History explores the lives of tattooed women who tantalized Americans across the country performing in circuses and carnivals in the early part of the century. I just received my copy and it did not disappoint.

* The precursor to The Tattooed Lady are these books by Margot Mifflin: Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo and her latest, The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman.

* Albert Parry's Tattoo: Secrets of a Strange Art was originally published in 1933 as an artistic, cultural and psychological look at tattooing. Dover reprinted the book in 2006 and it's amazing how many things have changed and stayed the same since the first edition.

* Bad Boys and Tough Tattoos is one of my all time faves. Published in the 1950s by professor and tattooist Sam Steward, the book looks at the culture of tattooing from its underground roots.

* Vintage Tattoos: The Book of Old School Skin Art also explores old school tattooing but with a heavy focus on the art. I was surprised to see a snippet of my old Needled review on their Amazon page. Here it is again: "Vintage Tattoos is 256 pages of art and anecdotes. Salty stories of tattoo times when shotguns, not art school degrees, hung on the walls behind the parlor counter. When tattooists traveled with the circus, not metal bands. And when the art went underground because of tattoo bans."

* Modern Primitives, published in 1989, remains one of the bibles of body modification, including tattooing. There's intellectual discussion and images of genital mods, suspensions, and other more "extreme" body art so this may not be one for your coffee table but it should be on your shelves.

Tattoo Related Fiction:
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* Until I Find You by John Irving is an 800-page tome that follows the wild life of a tattoo artist's son and their search to find his "ink addict" father. It weirded me out at times because many of the "fictional" characters are real tattooists living today but overall it was a gripping read of a tattoo Odyssey.

* The Tattoo Artist: A Novel by Jill Ciment is another great work of fiction that explores the life of a New York artist who is marooned in the South Pacific and eventually becomes an revered tattooist among the Tu'un'uu people at the turn of the century. It then flashes forward, 30 years later, when she returns as a heavily tattooed woman to New York.

* The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall  follows a young man in the early 1900s as he learns the craft of tattooing in his small English seaside resort town (with a monstruous apprenticeship) and later as makes his way to tattoo Mecca, Coney Island, NY, where he finds love and the canvas of his most bizarre works.

Granted, there are many more tattoo volumes to list but these are guaranteed not to disappoint. If I missed your fave, feel free to list it in the comments section.
10:44 AM
The Tattooed Lady.jpgI regularly like to search for new tattoo tomes, and funny enough, the one that looked the most fun is a recommended companion buy with my own book:

The Tattooed Lady: A History  by Amelia Klem Osterud explores the lives of tattooed women who tantalized Americans across the country performing in circuses and carnivals in the early part of the century. These foremothers paved the way for Suicide Girls and "Hot Inked Chicks" whom we ogle online just as eagerly today. But back then, with opportunities limited to women, the life of a tattooed attraction provided them, not only with income, but travel and experiences beyond the kitchen. Here's more from the book description:

"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.
Combining thorough research with more than a hundred historical photos, this social history explores tattoo's origins, women's history, and circus lore."

I pre-ordered my copy from Amazon, which is due out later this month. For further reading on the history of tattooed women, from sideshows to riot grrls, read Margot Mifflin's classic Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo.
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