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Tribal Tattoo Designs Paperback – Apr 2000

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Pubns (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570625565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570625565
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,513,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 May 2001
Format: Paperback
This wonderful little book is packed cover to cover with tribal designs, arranged geographically. You get a world tour of tribal designs. It is great, exactly what I was looking for. My favourite designs are the maori moko and a lot of the stuff from Borneo, but I keep looking through again and finding new gems of interest. Invaluable.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
An Academic Look at Tribal Tattooing 10 May 2000
By Deborah Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Maarten Hesselt van Dinter's "Tribal Tattoo Designs" focuses on the cross-cultural history of tattooing, tattooing technology, and commonly expressed motifs. Also examined are societies where tattooing holds a powerful impact in recent history, where and how this custom is practiced, and its significance as a form of human transition and metamorphosis. Extensive research is given to tribal designs, which often were abstract images based on local objects encountered in the environment, such as animals and landmarks. The artwork in "Tribal Tattoo Designs" is extensively detailed, of an academic nature, and should be on the bookshelf of all anthropologists.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Is a picture really worth a thousand words? 1 Jun. 2001
By Mathieu J Blanchette - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an amazing compilation of tribal tattoos from around the world and throughout time. True to its name it features tribal designs, not the neo-tribal tattoos that have come popular today.
I found the pictures to be great as I was looking to find out more about tribal designs from many cultures. I was served well with pictures, but not so well with explanations of what the tattoo was, what it meant, which class would wear it in society, how it was applied, the history behind the tradition, etc.
I am using the book as a reference and find that it only becomes great with supporting articles. I had done extensive reading on tribal traditions from around the world and found that this book served well as a companion to these and other articles, but not as a stand alone book. Without the history behind the pictures, you loose the whole meaning.
I strongly recommed this book, be it as a source book or simply for a tattoo enthusiaste. However, I would urge everyone to supplement this book with further readings on the matter.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent Cross-Cultural Reference of Tattoos 17 Aug. 2000
By "tatau" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book for those looking for indigenous art and original "root" design. It addresses body art from a large spectrum of social groups and all continents. The illustrations are very clear and detailed, and it is well organized to allow you to follow the evolution of a design as it jumps from country to country, culture to culture. I would recommend it for anyone who wants to find a particular tattoo design, either for personal use or simple research.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Let's get tribal 24 Mar. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I thoughly enjoyed this book, as it contains numerous serious
tribal body art designs. My only quibble is that the illustrat-
ions and pages were very small, and it was sometimes hard to pick
out the designs, especially on the Scythians. If only it were
larger in pagination, and illustration!
Geographic and tribal origins of designs given but not the meanings behind them..., 22 Nov. 2012
By The Pen ...not the sword - Published on Amazon.com
This book contains many black and white illustrations and line drawings of tribal tattoo designs from around the globe and a few historical drawings of tattooed tribal peoples some of which are in color.

Of the many black and white illustrations of tribal tattoos included in this book, I especially liked the flowing patterns of the Tamil from South India, and the Dayak from Borneo, Indonesia, as well as the geometric designs of the Arapaho and Sioux from the USA.

While this book does give geographic and tribal origins of the designs pictured, the meanings behind the designs are not given.
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