The centuries-old art of tattooing has become one of the modern world's most exciting modes of self-expression. Fascinated by the ways body art reflects an individual's personality, MacNaughton set out to find people whose ornate tattoos tell a story. The result is a wonderfully dynamic collection of portraits that uniquely celebrates the art of tattooing. Each individual is introduced through a full-body, full-page photograph, showcasing the fashion and style which complement the body art. MacNaughton presents gorgeously detailed images of the tattoos themselves, accompanied by personal reflections on the subjects' choice of tattoos, the stories behind them, and the tattoo artists they admire most. The result is a beautiful, sensitive, and exciting exploration of the world of body art, from one of the most successful photographers of urban life.
Alex MacNaughton has been working as a news and features photographer since 1992 when he began photographing the British road protest movement. Since then he has gone on to cover a wide range of subjects in the UK and abroad.
His work has appeared in numerous publications at home and overseas. More of Alex's work can be seen at, www.alexmacnaughton.com
He has recently published his fourth book, London Tattoos (2011) by Prestel Publishing.
Alex got the idea of doing a tattoo book after photographing a tattoo artist. The book is a portrait book of people with tattoos rather than traditional tattoo book.
London Tattoos Website www.londontattoosbook.com
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Alex has also published 3 books about the London street art scene; London Street Art (2006), London Street Art 2 (2007) and London Street Art Anthology (2009) all books by Prestel Publishing