Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Vintage Tattoos: The Book of Old-School Skin Art

Tattoos have gone from badges of rebellion to fashion statements and have become fully absorbed into mainstream culture. They are enjoying a renaissance, with graphic designers and artists creating specialty tattoos for a growing audience, unleashing a revival of interest in the bawdy vintage tattoo. Old school tattoos are being rediscovered by a whole new generation. Originally embraced by rebels, sailors, and gangsters, these tattoos -- broken hearts, naked girls, floral motifs, and maritime emblems -- are now showing up on the fashion runway and in music videos. This book chronicles vintage motifs in thematic chapters interspersed with profiles of influential tattoo artists and their distinctive designs: Sailor Jerry Collins, Don Ed Hardy, Mike "Rollo Banks" Malone, Bert Grimm, Japan's Horiyoshi III, and Shanghai's Pinky Yun. Published in 2009 by Universe, 8 x 8, 255 pages. Full color.

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