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Macmillan, Aug 18, 2001 - Art - 80 pages
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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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About the author (2001)

Dale Durfee was born in the United States and currently resides in London. Dale graduated as a graphic artist and illustrator but soon gravitated towards photography as the medium she found most effective for expressing her highly creative style. She has worked as a photographer for 25 years, and has travelled the world to tackle a variety of subjects, from endangered horses in Marwari, Rajasthan to glossy lifestyle commissions.

Dale is one of the top creative and lifestyle photographers for Getty Images, and in 1991 won a prestigious award from Polaroid. She exhibits regularly at galleries in Britain and the US. Her work illustrates Erotic Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood, published by HarperCollinsPublishers, and Marwari, published by Parkash Books, Delhi.

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