Taking advantage of World Book Day, let's list some books that are worth being read by those who love tattoos. Most of them, unfortunately, are in English - maybe in the near future we won't see publishers seeing the potential of these books and translating them.

HIGH VOLTAGE - KAT VON D'S TATTOOS

The book provides a panorama of tattooing today from the perspective of Kat Von D, made famous by television programs Miami Ink and Los Angeles Ink. The book also talks about Kat's career and career, the references of her tattoos and when she began to take an interest in them. Still, the book brings the techniques used by the tattoo artist as the traditional symbols, such as roses and skulls, even religious images) and the most important works of the artist.

ED HARDY ART FOR LIFE (English)

Hardy revolutionized the tradition of tattooing and gave a new face to classical painting, engraving, and ceramics through his exhibitions in galleries and museums in the United States and abroad. Hardy takes tattoo design for his pieces, making the tattoo appreciated as art - which it really is.

TATTOO BIBLE - BOOK 2

The Tattoo Bible Volume 2 brings everything, EVERYTHING you'll even want to know about tattooing, from tribal tattoos, hearts, dragons, roses, skulls, butterflies, girls, crosses, celestial, tribal, back pieces to nautical. Images are represented in a range of physical sizes, the most complex designs are reproduced by one page. Even if you do not understand English it is worth buying by the references of the images and give you dictionaries and Google Translate!

101 GREAT SAMURAI PRINTS

This book features 18th century illustrations. One hundred and one colorful portraits of renowned Japanese samurai with short captions. If you are going to get an oriental tattoo, it is worth seeing the references of this book!

Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume

Occasionally a book is published that reveals a subculture you never dreamed existed. More rarely, the book becomes a phenomenon of its own. The publication of the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia 2004 was of such a phenomenon, spawning two more volumes and attracting a fascinated audience worldwide for the extraordinary and airtight world of Russian criminal tattoos. Now, Fuel has reissued the volume of this bestseller, whose first edition already earns considerable sums online. The photographs, drawings, and texts published in this book are part of a collection of over 3,000 tattoos accumulated over a lifetime by a prison clerk named Danzig Baldaev. Tattoos were his gateway to a secret world in which he acted as an ethnographer, recording the rituals of a closed society. The icons and tribal languages ​​he documented are cunning, unpleasant, sexually explicit and sometimes just strange, reflecting how they make the life and traditions of Russian prisoners. Skulls, swastikas, harems of naked women, a smiling Al Capone, medieval knights in armor, daggers shrouded in blood, benign images of Christ, sweet-faced mothers and their babies, armies of tanks and a Lenin horns: these are the signs of that the people of this hidden world mark and identify with.
If you are fascinated by Russians and their tattoos this reading is a MUST!

The Tattoo Encyclopedia: A Guide to Choosing Your Tattoo

The book is the only illustrated reference to the origins and meanings of nearly one thousand tattoo symbols that serves as a guide for choosing your tattoo according to meaning and provides a fascinating look at the tattoo as a work of art.

Arranged in a convenient A-to-Z format, cross-reference, indexed by category, and illustrated with three hundred samples of authentic line tattoo art, this book features an impressive array of images ranging from ancient Buddhist and Chinese designs to those. sported by young people of the 21st century. The definition of each symbol includes the widely accepted interpretation based on historical and cultural background as well as various interpretations that have developed in different cultures and time periods.

The Mammoth Book of Tattoos

This collection covers all styles of tribal bold tattoos, ideograms and hieroglyphics.

The Japanese Tattoo

American photographer Sandi Fellman used a rare Polaroid camera size to create these photos of Irezumi Japanese men and women wearing elaborate full body tattoos. Fellman treats tattoos as works of art and their creators as artists. His text touches on the tattoo process, common motifs, the sociology of tattooing, and the relationships between tattoo masters and their clients. The 46 photos in this volume, most of them full-length nudes, should provoke readers different sensations, provocative, fascinating, or repellent the book is a work of art in itself.

We wish you all a great Book Day, and let's read;)

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