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The World of Tattoo: An Illustrated History Hardcover – 2 Apr 2007

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: KIT Publishers; 1 edition (2 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9068321927
  • ISBN-13: 978-9068321920
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 2.6 x 28.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 586,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Not one great country can be named, from the polar regions in the north to New Zealand in the south, in which the aborigines do not tattoo themselves. Read the first page
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Hutchinson on 29 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
Quite simply the best tattoo book i have seen. Having researched different designs for years (i joke not!) this book finally got me under the needle for the first time. Great pictures, really well laid out with detailed knowledge of varing tattoo traditions. If you are looking for a book without the usual tacky designs look no further.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D on 19 Sept. 2010
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Anyone interested in tattoo's and where they came from will love this book. It gives a great hitory of where the origins of tattoos come from and something that is well illistrated with great artwork and photography.
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By GRANNY REID on 16 Jan. 2013
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Bought this as a Xmas present for somebody very into his tattoos. By all accounts he is very impressed with it. Book arrived well within the timescale so no complaints at all.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
heavily-illustrated encyclopedic survey of tattoos in world's cultures 29 Aug. 2005
By Henry Berry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The encyclopedic work answers the fascination with tattoos in contemporary society by focusing on the origin and purpose of tattoos in ancient and aboriginal cultures in all parts of the world. In modern society, tattoos are a matter of personal choice and often personal design, whereas in ancient and aboriginal societies, a tattoo was "the tribal variant...generally applied according to custom and associated with taboos and magic." These "variants" are covered in richly-illustrated, anthropological-like chapters on the different areas of the world. Innumerable illustrations include color photographs of tattooed individuals, historical art works showing tattoos, photographs of tattoos being put on, tattooing instruments, and close-ups of tattoos showing their details. With its diversity of captivating visual matter, encyclopedic scope, and informative, general-interest text, "The World of Tattoo" is a leading text on this subject of renewed interest in contemporary life; and it can also be used as a reference for tattooing in particular cultures or particular historical eras.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
*Intelligent and Tattooed? Buy this one. * 5 Jan. 2006
By Megan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing collection of images and information on tattoos around the world. This book is completely worth it to not only the naive belly button pierced,lower back tattooed 18 yr. old American female but also to the full body suited,societally rejected,modification community member.It is SUCH a great resource you'll want to lend it to everyone you know with an interest in the art. Buy it,you seriously will not regret it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Focuses on world tattoo culture and traditions 5 Nov. 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Tattoos are an ever-increasing part of modern life and more tattoo books are being published as a result: but none quite so extensive or detailed as The World Of Tattoo: An Illustrated History, which focuses on world tattoo culture and traditions. With sections divided by area of the world and packed with pages of color photos, it's easy to focus study on one region - and with World Of Tattoo's focus on history and cultural insights, there's much more going on than just a photo display alone. Highly recommended not just for modern audiences interested in tattoo, but for any college-level collection strong in cultural references.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly unique 18 Mar. 2012
By steveo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm a own a tattoo shop, and have bought so many tattoo magazines, and tattoo books.
I get so many compliments on this book, from my from clients. It truely is a very unique history of the tattoo.
Nice color photos, with a story as to why people got them. Would recommend this to anyone who's seriously interested in tattoos.
Proud I Purchased! 18 Jan. 2015
By David Majors - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was EXACTLY what I was looking for - one explaining both the history and meaning behind tattoos. It walked me, the reader, through the tattooed people of the different continental regions and explained the process of applying tattoos, any religious, social, or decorative meaning they provided to the wearer, and what may have led to their decline (and subsequent resurgence) in the modern era. Being a book about the visual art of tattooing, the photos did a great job at illustrating what was being explained, so I never felt like I was left hanging or wondering what a certain placement or design actually looked like. Got through the book in less than three weeks and would definitely buy it again.
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