on 8 July 2015
a bit too heavy on the old-fashioned coil machines and upkeep thereof. could do with a general overhaul & update to have more contemporary relevance, but still contains a lot of useful information, and it's a handy reference book.
if you are interested in tattooing as a career path, there are more advanced, modern machines out there now (such as the hawk-style cartridge machines), which are not mentioned in the book. there also seems to be a fair amount of unedited repetition (it's an amalgamation of 3 previous books). the author obviously isn't a great writer, but what the hell, it gets the info across, and that's all that matters really. I am giving it 4 stars because there really aren't many books on the subject out there - and it's a good introduction. just don't let all the technical mumbo-jumbo put you off!
on 14 December 2013
I sat up last night and read through this and it explained to me, in laymans terms, a few things which I had found difficult when my boss and mentor had explained them. Plus the guys here aren't big into machines and tuning so that helped a great deal.
For the money this book is a steal, and it is VERY informative.
Cannot recommend it more highly.
Due to some essential bits of information missing from the book, it won't help you a great deal without a proper apprenticeship