Alphabets & Scripts Tattoo Design Directory: The Essential Reference for Body Art

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Chartwell Books, 2010 - Art - 192 pages
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Tattooing has long been associated with words. Words such as 'hold' and 'fast' have long been popular finger tattoos with sailors, worn as protective amulets to help grip on the riggings and lines above deck. Religious passages, proverbs, and hymns have often been popular tattoos, as have inscriptions of the names of loved ones. Any such inscription will be the bearer forever, so placement on the body should be considered with care. The proportion and construction of the characters is vitally important, as a text gains power from its form as well as its intellectual meaning. The examples and symbolic explanation of the mantras, alphabets, and fonts featured in this book aims to inform and inspire the readers.

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