Macmillan, Aug 18, 2001 - Art - 80 pages
Tattooing-- once thought of as barbaric and the preserve of the lower classes-- is now mainstream. Tattoos are worn today not only by celebrities and leading media folk, but also by an increasing number of people in the street. Displayed proudly or hidden discreetly, tattoos are a permanent expression of individuality, and tattooing has finally emerged from the backstreet parlour to become high fashion.
TATTOO contains over 65 superb color and black-and-white photographs specially taken for this book. Award-winning photographer Dale Durfee has persuaded a variety of people from every walk of life to show their tattoos. Here she presents the very best examples, some in high-detail close-up and others covering the whole body in spectacular style. Every aspect and type of tattoo is included, from delicate and beautiful flowers and rock 'n' roll icons, to Buddhist prayer symbols and interwoven Celtic designs of great simplicity and power.
All the models share a refreshing open attitude and display their tattoos for the camera with warmth and spontaneity. Some have described the significance of their designs, why they were chosen and what the tattoo means to them.
With amazing designs, remarkable people and some practical guidance on getting your first design, TATTOO is an inspiring and entertaining collection of body art-- the ultimate celebration of one of the world's oldest forms of body decoration.
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