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Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them by [MacNaughton, Wendy, Fitzgerald, Isaac]
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3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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Oh my god, this gorgeous, gorgeous book. It will, like its subject, alter you permanently. We sometimes forget: each tattoo has its story. Many are lovingly recorded here - from the wicked to the profound to the ridiculous. This gorgeous, gorgeous book perfectly chronicles the stories that we wear on our skin. (Colin Meloy, Lead Singer of The Decemberists)

For anybody who ever looked at a stranger's tattoo and wondered why?, Pen & Ink offers a gorgeous, hilarious, and moving Because. In its pages, the most amateurish, outlandish, and bizarre tattoos become portals into their owners' lives and dreams. In the process, they become beautiful. (Peter Trachtenberg, author of Seven Tattoos)

In Pen & Ink, Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton have captured the fascinating stories people secret beneath their skin, how they have marked their skin and why. The revelations in this remarkable collection are, in turns, poignant, charming, heartbreaking, and honest. Like tattoos, these stories leave an impression that will linger. (Roxane Gay)

Inspired . . . Drawn in a whimsical, tender style, MacNaughton's portraits are captivating in their intimacy . . . Without judgment or regret, this emotionally raw collection, featuring an introduction by Cheryl Strayed, explores how we find permanence in an impermanent world. (Publishers Weekly)

Kitschy, hipster . . . MacNaughton's drawings are lovely . . . . The book is charming . . . enchanting. This is a title that readers can leaf through a little at a time, savoring the illustrations, or perhaps devour in one sitting. (Library Journal)

[One of] the best art books of 2014. (Huffington Post)

The real reasons people get tattoos. (Flavorwire, 25 Must-Read Books for the Fall)

Fascinating . . . Gorgeous. (Mother Jones)

Each ink drawing is a secret story. What I love most about this book is that it doesn't cover just huge sleeves and complicated tattoos, it also honors the newly popular (again) art of poke-and-stick tattoos. (Design*Sponge, Best Illustrated Books)

Pen & Ink is absolutely delightful from cover to cover. (Maria Popova, Brainpickings)

Beautifully illustrated . . . More than a keepsake for tattoo enthusiasts; it is an artifact of diverse, deeply human histories, like the cave paintings of Lascaux or an illuminated manuscript, a compilation of intimate knowledge we can only hope to see continued in the future. (Shelf Awareness)

Illustrator and visual storyteller Wendy MacNaughton - she of extraordinary sensitivity to the human experience - and editor Isaac Fitzgerald catalog the wild, wicked, wonderfully human stories behind people's tattoos. . . . The stories - sometimes poetic, sometimes political, always deeply personal - brim with the uncontainable, layered humanity that is MacNaughton's true medium. (Brain Pickings' Best Art, Design & Photography Books of 2014)

Pen & Ink takes a brilliant concept - hey, what's the story behind your tattoo? - and brings it to life with MacNaughton's vivid illustrations and BuzzFeed Books editor Fitzgerald's knack for getting true, fantastic stories . . . The collected portraits are funny and sometimes heartbreaking, and they show human nature and experience in all its endearing colors. (Flavorwire, "The Year's Most Beautiful and Interesting Art Books")

Pen & Ink reads like a good book of poetry, like an illustrated sonnet sequence. It makes literature out of the experience of tattoos without being . . . precious, or pretentious, or opaque, or ugly. This book is as strong and weird and reckless and smart as the people in it. (The Drunken Odyssey)

The second my eyes met the beautiful drawings I was in love. (ABCNews.com on the Pen & Ink blog)

Reveal[s] the often hilarious, sometimes poignant stories behind these permanent remnants of our fleeting opinions, passions and phases. (O, the Oprah magazine, on the Pen & Ink blog)

New favorite Tumblr. (Maria Popova, @brainpicker, on the Pen & Ink blog)

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"Together, [these pictures and stories] do the work of great literature-gathering a force so true they ultimately tell a story that includes us all." -Cheryl Strayed, from the Introduction

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13098 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (7 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LUURP84
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #632,760 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Great book! Really interesting read and great for anyone interested in tattoos.
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Great book - lovely illustrations and stories
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This has got to be the biggest waste of six pounds in have ever spent. Don't bother, so many really good books of tattoo art on amazon.
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HASH(0x97b2675c) out of 5 stars I Really Love Pizza Too 5 Sept. 2014
By Hanna.w. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This is a fun book to look through. It's like sitting at a bar and having a stream of people tell you their tattoo stories. Not all of these stories are deep and emotional. The stories range from heartfelt to just silly fun (the tattoo of "pizza party" across the toes because the person really loves pizza). I suddenly feel compelled to get a tattoo of "ramen" across my chest.

There isn't a lot of reading - you can blow through this book easily in an hour. The pictures are just illustrations, not photos. It would be nice to see the real thing since drawings are always the idealized version of the tattoo. Part of the fun for some people (me) is seeing how it doesn't always look as expected in person. Also, there's only a front view of the tattoos. In instances where the tattoo might wrap around a body part or there is more to look at from other angles, you are only given an arrow pointing to the area saying there's more tattoo there, but can't see it.

It's not a book to really appreciate the art of a tattoo, just the bar stories behind them.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a033ccc) out of 5 stars Tattoos are hand drawn this book is hand drawn 9 Oct. 2014
By Brandy Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This is an interesting book. I have no tattoos of my own but I have often wondered about the tattoos of others. This book contains hand drawn pictures of tattoos. It has the name and occupation of the bearer and the story behind the tattoo. Some of the stories are simple and amusing but most are deep and heartbreaking... All are interesting!

It must be mentioned again so that you know what you are purchasing ...This book contains no photos of the tattoos but hand drawn renderings of the tattoos. Admittedly I was at first disappointed by the lack of actual photos but then I got it! Tattoos are hand drawn onto the body and this book is drawings of tattoos. The combination of simple drawings, handwriting font and deeply personal stories makes for an amazing book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97b24468) out of 5 stars A story is shown 21 Sept. 2014
By wogan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This is an interesting book, whether you have tattoos or not. It has drawings of each tattoo, the name and profession of the person and the story of why/how they had this particular tattoo done. It's a simple as that - although I would have much preferred a photo of the tattoo. It would be far more fascinating to see the real tattoo itself, rather than just a drawing.

There is a fascination for those who have no tattoos - why do people get them and even a fascination for those who have tattoos to hear the stories of others' artwork. In this book you are let in on those personal secrets.
Those who wonder why and are interested in personal motives, those who enjoy art and of course tattoos would find this book interesting.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97b24318) out of 5 stars Excellent Short Insightful 3 Sept. 2014
By Quirky Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Excellent, fun, quick read!
I found this really clever - really appreciated the short, crisp, but engaging personal stories regarding tattoos. I think this book would make a great gift for anyone who has a tattoo or is considering a tattoo. Even the most stereotypical Harley riding, gun toting, tobacco chewing, beer loving man would enjoy this - (as well as an Ivy League grad who is a lawyer but sports a small tattoo under her long sleeve blouses). Great insight into the emotional stories that people are brave enough to share with the world.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97b2445c) out of 5 stars A Treasure 2 Nov. 2014
By Lisa Ahn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As Fitzgerald says so well in the Intro to this collection, tattoos are memories, stories, pieces of a life. On every double-page spread there is a glimpse into someone's history, someone's story. I kept changing my absolute favorite as I read, but, in the end, I'm a sucker for the Grammy Pac Mac tale. Overall, a treasure book, worth savoring again and again and again.
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