This is a powerful piece of work.
In Flanders Fields
We are the dead; short days ago
In Flanders fields.Take up our quarrel with the foe!
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high!
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Teach Yourself Henna Tattoo:
Making Mehndi Art with Easy-to-Follow Instructions,
Patterns, and Projects
By: Brenda Abdoyan
This book is large, gorgeous, and glossy, full of colorful and inspiring photos. It is, however, a little on the short side, at just over 100 total pages.
The book begins with some simple instructions for mixing henna, with a good, though basic, introduction to some recipe and application variations and options. In the style of many hobby/craft books, it uses text and photos to teach, step-by-step, techniques for creating some basic designs, moving on to suggest three (one of each) “beginner,” “intermediate,” and “advanced” tattoo projects to get you started. Then it enters into the Gallery, full of very beautiful photos to inspire you. Next is the Design section, a little over 40 pages long, with ~1-2 large images on each page spanning design ideas for hands, feet, back, shoulder, plus some additional flourishes and elements. Afterwards, it gives you a few blank hand/feet/etc Templates to photocopy and use to sketch out and/or record some of your own designs. It ends with an often-overlooked, though brief (10 pages or so), section on using henna as artwork on objects, which was one of the things that attracted me to the book.
Henna/mehndi artists new and old should be aware that there are many comprehensive and entirely free ebooks by TapDancing Lizard Publications available online, which contain lots of designs and lots of detailed and in-depth information; however, I personally still very much like having books like this one in my library. I was quite delighted with this purchase, and would certainly recommend the book to others, especially to beginners, though I think the designs and photos would keep the interest even of more advanced henna artists.
Ms Abdoyan covers everything from the history of henna and Mehndi, recipe for paste, basics of henna design and offers a great number of beautiful patterns to work from. As a beginner in the art form I will treasure and refer to this book often. The pages are made of a thick paper that won’t easily stain if you’re working from it and drop some paste on it. I will use this book often as I learn and hopefully excel in this beautiful art form.
Also included in this book is the method for applying henna to objects, the preparation of the medium, application of design and after care to keep the stain vibrant.
This book contains everything you need to know. Not only does it have a great recipe but it also explains the importance of each ingrediant. The aurthor takes the guesswork and frustration out of the process which enables you to focus on the fun stuff. She also includes many great patterns!!
About the Author
Brenda Abdoyan is a successful mixed-media artist who fell in love with the beauty of henna tattooing on a trip to the Middle East. Upon returning from her trip, she immediately began to incorporate the curves, twists, and intricate lines of henna tattooing into her own design style leading to the creation of a totally unique form of art that Brenda has coined “Bajidoo.”
High Voltage Tattoo is a graphic perspective on today’s global tattoo culture by Kat Von D, star of The Learning Channel’s L.A. Ink and one of the most talented and popular artists working today. Designed in a style that is reminiscent of a handmade Gothic journal with its red padded cover, ornate typography, and parchmentlike pages, it throws the door wide open to tattooing culture in the way only an insider like Kat can.
Voltage Tattoo traces Kat’s career as an artist, from early childhood influences to recent work, along with examples of what inspires her, information about the show and her shop, her sketches, and personal tattoos. The book goes deep into tattoo process and culture: readers can see up close the pigments, the tools, and the making of complex, even collaborative, tattoos.
With a foreword by Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx, the book features images and stories about celebrities, rockers, pro skaters, and everyday citizens, including Slayer’s Kerry King, Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Margaret Cho, Jackass’ Bam Margera, David Letterman, and many others. It profiles and showcases the work of artists Kat has selected from all over the world, her interviews with people who have compelling tattoos and stories, and amazing images of extraordinary tattoo work.
Numerous portfolios throughout the book showcase a range of relevant subjects, from the black and gray portrait work for which Kat is famous to a popular tattoo theme, such as the rose or biblical images. There is a knockout ten-page full-body spread of Kat—clad in a yellow bikini and seven-inch, rhinestone-studded red stilettos—that catalogs in detail all her personal tattoos on her front, back, left, and right sides—even her hands and head.
Kat Von D is a world-renowned tattoo artist. The owner of High Voltage Tattoo and Wonderland Gallery and the star of The Learning Channel’s hit global show, LA Ink, which ran for five years, she is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, High Voltage Tattoo and The Tattoo Chronicles. She continues to add to her spectrum of passions through numerous creative outlets, including a makeup line with Sephora as well as an eponymous clothing line. She also set the Guinness World Record for doing the most tattoos in a twenty-four period in 2007. Her tattoo shop and art gallery are located in West Hollywood, where she happily resides.
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- Includes: Barbie Doll approx. 11.5″ tall w/blond hair. Doll wears glitter dark blue denim Jeans, w/purple belt w/flower at waist, a shimmery pink Top, pink Bracelets, & Doll comes w/ a Tattoo Stamper approx. 4-1/4″, Sheets of Tattoos (40 Temporary Tattoos), 3 Tops (purple, aqua & pink), a blue denim Skirt, & a pink Hair Brush.
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High Voltage Tattoo
I’m not sure what I was expecting when I ordered Kat’s book. I saw how much work she put into it on LA Ink, so I preordered it. I expected some biography on her, maybe some stories, and some pictures of tattoo artwork.
This book has all of that, but it is so much more! Kat tells her story from her birth in Mexico, childhood and adolescence in California, running away at age 14 to Georgia, to her start in tattooing, going to Miami Ink, and being offered her own show, LA Ink.
She also includes photos of her favorite tattoos she has done and the stories behind them, as well as other tattoo artists and some of their tattoos. She has tattoo myths and etiquette. The artwork in this book is inspiring. Although it is a biography of Kat, it is more like an art book. I read it cover to cover and studied a lot of the tattoo photos closely.
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Christmas is a wonderful time of year! Why not get a tattoo and keep the spirit alive all year with some festive skin art? These people took Christmas to a whole new level by permanently bonding their body with this magical season. Would you ever consider a holiday tattoo or do you currently have one? Please share your holiday tattoo story in the comments below.
Occasionally a book is published that reveals a subculture you never dreamt existed. More rarely, that book goes on to become a phenomenon of its own. The 2004 publication of theRussian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia was such a phenomenon, spawning two further volumes and alerting a fascinated readership worldwide to the extraordinary and hermetic world of Russian criminal tattoos (David Cronenberg, for example, made regular use of theEncyclopaedia during the making of his 2007 movie Eastern Promises). Now, Fuel has reprinted volume one of this bestselling series, whose first edition already fetches considerable sums online. The photographs, drawings and texts published in this book are part of a collection of more than 3,000 tattoos accumulated over a lifetime by a prison attendant named Danzig Baldaev. Tattoos were his gateway into a secret world in which he acted as ethnographer, recording the rituals of a closed society. The icons and tribal languages he documented are artful, distasteful, sexually explicit and sometimes just strange, reflecting as they do the lives and traditions of Russian convicts. Skulls, swastikas, harems of naked women, a smiling Al Capone, medieval knights in armor, daggers sheathed in blood, benign images of Christ, sweet-faced mothers and their babies, armies of tanks and a horned Lenin: these are the signs by which the people of this hidden world mark and identify themselves. With a foreword by Danzig Baldaev, and an introduction by Alexei Plutser-Sarno, exploring the symbolism of the Russian criminal tattoo.
A rare and astonishing book, a glimpse of a deeply secretive world that has taken the author a lifetime to penetrate. It reveals more graphically than any Gulag history the unreformed horror of Russia: the lack of law, the rule of violence, the brutality, anti-Semitism and xenophobia. And yet it is filled with a poignance and a sense of personal tragedy that brought tears to my eyes.
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As the book convincingly reveals, this is a realm of unexpected graphic complexity. The tattoos are not mere decorations and there is nothing arbitrary about any of their elements. They are a form of speech, and every symbol has a meaning that can be understood.
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A history of the republics to parallel the official version. On the skins of thieves and hooligans existed an iconography so rich and impenetrably elaborate that even the KGB supported Baldaev’s work when so many other cultural historians had written themselves into a ticket to Siberia.
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Every now and then a book comes out that illuminates a part of the world that was not only previously hidden but which could not even be imagined. Such a work is the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia. In these photos and drawings, like nothing you have ever seen before, are reflected the horrors of Russia written on the skins of criminals. As strange as the pictures are, they are not so foreign as to eliminate sadness and tragedy; anyone flipping through the images will be enlightened about a very distant world, but also will be distressed and mystified.
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The Word Made Flesh
A beautifully packaged full-color collection of literary tattoos and short personal essays, The Word Made Flesh is an intimate but anonymous confessional book, in the vein of thought-provoking anthologies like PostSecret and Not Quite What I Was Planning. Gorgeous photographs and candid commentary are collected by authors Eva Talmadge—whose short story “The Cranes” was cited as Notable Nonrequired Reading of 2008 in Dave Eggers’ Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009—and Justin Taylor, author of Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever, and editor of the acclaimed short fiction anthology, The Apocalypse Reader.
From the Back Cover
The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide is a guide to the emerging subculture of literary tattoos—a collection of more than 150 full-color photographs of human epidermis indelibly adorned with quotations and illustrations from Dickinson to Pynchon, from Shakespeare to Plath. With beloved lines of verse, literary portraits, and illustrations—and statements from the bearers on their tattoos’ history and the personal significance of the chosen literary work—The Word Made Flesh is part collection of photographs and part literary anthology written on skin.
About the Author Eva Talmadge’s fiction has appeared in The New York Tyrant, The Agriculture Reader, New Orleans Review, and Subtropics, among other publications. Her short story “The Cranes” was cited as Notable Nonrequired Reading in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009 (Dave Eggers, ed.).
Justin Taylor edited the acclaimed short fiction anthology The Apocalypse Reader, and is the author of Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. The Gospel of Anarchy is his first novel. In a five star review titled, “You are what you read” Susan Tunis says.
“I’ve never considered getting a tattoo. They’re fine, but never held any personal appeal… until I saw The Word Made Flesh. It’s a photo essay of literary tattoos, and in addition to the fine editors who put the book together, it owes its success to the creativity and literacy of the individuals pictured within. Don’t expect to see a lot of smiling faces. Most photographs are disembodied arms, legs, and other assorted body parts.
The tats pictured take all forms. Many are literary quotations, and it’s quite fascinating to see the words that moved a reader so profoundly that he or she literally wanted them to become part of their selves. Other tattoos were recreations of cover art, illustrations, bookish logos, punctuation marks, and even portraits of authors.
One of the sequences that interested me most was a press release and a series of photographs from “The Skin Project.” Writer Shelley Jackson has penned a 2,095-word short story entitled “Skin.” It will never be published anywhere. The only place it is being printed is word by word on the bodies of volunteers. The only individuals who will ever be privileged to read the entire text are the tattooed “words.” Five of them are pictured. And once the “words” die, the story will be gone. Very cool.
While the photographs are the central focus of the book (and they’re nicely shot and pleasingly laid out), the text is likewise pleasing and diverse. Much of the text is made up of brief discussions of the tattoos in the bearers’ own words, which are almost always interesting. The editors do a good job, as well, keeping things mixed up. I mentioned the press release earlier. At one point, a two-page short story that inspired a tattoo is printed in its entirety. Elsewhere, a man talks about his tattoo, and the writer quoted responds to being immortalized in this manner.
The pictures in this book are awesome! But after I’d done the quick flip, I went back and read every word of text. Literature is my greatest love, and I dig people who have been permanently marked by their reading. And I really dig this little book!”
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vibrantly colorful bodysuits were the big award winners at the London Tattoo Convention in 2005 and 2006, where he was competing against massive names such as Filip Leu, Paul Booth, and Tin Tin. As a result, Shige has earned elite rockstar status in the world’s tattoo pantheon and this big beautiful book of incredible images further testifies to his mastery of the art.
In what could be called a tribute review of a book no longer in print. State of Grace created a book to rule them all, a monster of tattoo art at 328 full color pages. There are only a few of these books on the market, and when there gone, there gone.
After printing and selling 5000 copies of the first ever monograph on the legendary Japanese tattoo artist, Shige, State Of Grace has finally made the PDF available as a download! 320 pages chronicling the life and work of Shige, this is a must have for Japanese tattoo enthusiasts and tattoo artists. In full vibrant color.
Portrait of a Genius August 23, 2010 By Richie Jingles
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Tribal Tattoo Designs and Their Meanings
The art of tattooing is probably as old as humanity itself and tribal tattoo designs have always been at the forefront of the most favorite tattoo designs throughout the ages. Even though the technology used in tattoos have evolved from the crude ink and needle techniques of yesteryears to the modern tattoo- making tools and machines that can create colorful, very intricate and very complicated works of art on a human body, the preference for tribal designs never waned.
The following is a short discussion of the various tribal tattoo designs that many people prefer and a look into the meaning behind these designs.
The Traditional Meaning of Tribal Tattoos
It has been the tradition of many tribes around the world to sport a form or two of tribal tattoos on their bodies as part of being a member of that particular tribe. Some of the more popular traditional designs that we see today originated from Borneo, the Celts, the Haidas in Southeast Alaska, the Native American Indians, the ancient Chinese, the Aztecs and other South American tribes, and the Polynesian tribes particularly the Maori people.
Tribal tattoo designs and meanings vary from each tribe and it depends on their mythological roots and how each tribe view and interact with there surroundings and with the world. Most of these designs are associated with their beliefs and religions and form part of rituals and rights of passages. These tattoo designs also have significant social meanings ranging from a unique identification system for families or tribes or as a record of the individual’s accomplishments and phases in life. Others believe tattoos can bring out magical powers or they can drive off evil spirits.
Tribal tattoos are really great-looking designs that stand out despite their monochromatic characteristics. The modern world and tattoo enthusiasts have combined certain elements of traditional designs and mix it up with modern lines, curves and other elements. These designs can be adapted from traditional patterns used by real tribes, or designs can be created from an original variation of the artist using traditional tribal elements.
However, a person wanting such variations or adaptation from original designs should be careful not to offend the original tribe by making more careful studies on tribal tattoo meanings particularly for a specific tribe. Some traditional designs used by native tribes signify their identity and if used by an outsider, the act would be considered a serious insult to the original tribe.
In most cases, tribal tattoo designs used in a modern context does not have the same meaning or connotation as traditional tribes have intended them to be. Most do not have a real meaning in itself and were just created because of plain, artistic and aesthetic beauty that the image possesses. Despite that, a lot of people are enamored and would prefer the tribal design over the multi-colored variations.
Tattooing is an age-old tradition used by many tribes all throughout the world. The black images used in tribal tattoo designs have different connotations and meanings as they are used throughout the tattoo world – both traditionally and in a modern sense.