Body Type: Intimate Messages Etched in Flesh

Front Cover
Harry N. Abrams, Sep 1, 2006 - Art - 200 pages
13 Reviews
Body Type is an eye-opening look into the amazingly creative ways that tattoo artists are utilizing typography. Whereas the majority of tattoo art uses images to convey messages, here the message actually is the image. Twenty-six alphabetical characters might not seem like much to work with, but a look through these photographs reveals the contrary. Here are truly unique social commentaries, expressions of love, hilarious examples of biting satire, plus some mottos, intricate logotypes, deeply personal song lyrics, and, of course, those tattoos that exist for one reason only: to shock the hell out of you. The crisp photographs are accompanied by an insightful commentary from renowned graphic designer and typographer Ina Saltz, plus consistently surprising and heartfelt explanations from the tattooed. Body Type is an eye-opening look into the amazingly creative ways that tattoo artists are utilizing typography. Whereas the majority of tattoo art uses images to convey messages, here the message actually is the image. Twenty-six alphabetical characters might not seem like much to work with, but a look through these photographs reveals the contrary. Here are truly unique social commentaries, expressions of love, hilarious examples of biting satire, plus some mottos, intricate logotypes, deeply personal song lyrics, and, of course, those tattoos that exist for one reason only: to shock the hell out of you. The crisp photographs are accompanied by an insightful commentary from renowned graphic designer and typographer Ina Saltz, plus consistently surprising and heartfelt explanations from the tattooed.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
6
4 stars
4
3 stars
1
2 stars
1
1 star
1

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - coral_davies - LibraryThing

A wonderful book with some amazing stories about why people get text tattoos - from the mundane "I heart mum" to the extraordinary account of how one author/artist is publishing her very special book on the living skin of others. Read full review

Review: Body Type: Intimate Messages Etched in Flesh

User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

A very interesting book full of colour photos of text tattoos from famous poems, literature, quotes or just the names of friends or children I've always liked the idea of written tattoos; words ... Read full review

Contents

FOREWORD
8
INTRODUCTION
10
LITERATURE POETRY LYRICS
15
Copyright

6 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2006)

Ina Saltz is an art director, designer, writer, and professor whose areas of expertise are typography and magazine design. She_s a regular columnist for STEP Inside Design magazine and writes for other design magazines, including Graphis.

Bibliographic information