Tattooing is an ancient practice with many modern applications. Tattoos adorn the body as decoration and mark rites of passage. They are worn as a symbol of devotion or to protect the spirit with a talisman, and serve as a memorial to commemorate special events in one's life.
Body art is endlessly creative, requiring technical skill and artistic expression. This book is the essential reference for body art and artists. As a guide, this book will help the tattoo artist to maintain a sure grasp of the principles and techniques involved in successful tattooing, and introduce them to a vast range of characters and motifs for producing traditional iconography and modern symbols. If you are thinking of getting a tattoo, the flash drawings and symbolic explanation of the tattoos featured in this book will inform and inspire.
This hardcover book has a description of the history and culture of tattoos, the symbols often seen in body art, and the techniques used in tattooing. The instruments used for tattooing, and advice on how to choose your artist, make sure that you are safe when treating your tattoo, and what to expect when you go in to get your tattoo.
The detailed design directory is an up-to-date reference that includes easy-to-follow flash drawings of the most popular tattoo symbols, new styles, and innovative designs. Accompanied by photographs showing how a design translates to the skin, and an explanation of the traditional significance of each design, this book is a necessary reference for anyone considering a getting or giving tattoos.
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