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The Tattoo Sourcebook: Over 500 Images for Body Decoration

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Riding a wave of popularity these days, tattoos have been around for thousands of years. Evidence exists that in ancient Egypt, women were ritually tattooed, Roman slaves were marked with the words "tax paid," and cultures around the globe from Maori warriors, Tahitian emperors, and Inca elite to criminals, circus folks and the urbane hipster all sport body art in the form ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Thunder Bay Press (first published December 1st 2008)
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Dustin Crazy little brown owl
A book filled with basic tattoo designs. Good to get ideas. My favorite part was the nature tattoo section:

The natural world has long been a source of inspiration to the tattoo artists - from sea creatures to jungle animals, from roses and butterflies to the sun, moon, and stars. Nature holds such power and mystery, operating on its own particular set of rules rather than the order humans often try to impose upon it. As a result, tattoos of these images connect us to a greater, universal life fo
Though I don't plan on getting a tattoo any time soon, I love looking at tattoo designs, and this book is great for someone "shopping around" for ideas. I actually got this question a lot at the Reference Desk, so it's nice to finally have one to recommend. It even shows design ideas for henna tattoos on hands and feet.

My one complaint is that I wanted it to have definitions or explanations of the tribal symbols and celtic designs.
This is definitely a great sourcebook for not only tattoo designs, but this book organizes the tats by type and gives a brief description and origin of each tattoo from tribal to Celtic and even modern day kinds, for example. Tattoo examples are great, clear and well printed and easily copied. I definitely recommend this if you're looking for ideas for your first, or next tattoo.
Tattoos are very taste-dependant, but I found lots that I like in this book. I like tribal and celtic patterns. They even have a section of mehndi designs and recipes. Still haven't decided what I want for my own tattoo, but I am getting closer.
though I would probably not get a tattoo from this book, it was good for general art viewing- some interesting patterns.
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