The Mammoth Book of Tattoo Art

Tatto designs

The Mammoth Book of Tattoo Art

By: Lal Hardy

This all-new collection of hundreds of full-color photographs features the work of more than 70 leading tattoo artists from around the world, including superstars such as Hannah Aitchison, Paul Booth, Chris Garver, Corey Miller. Discover images of striking, abstract “tribal” pieces, elaborate air-brushed designs, all-over “body suits,” “sleeves,” and intricate, distinctive motifs.

Tattoo by: Pat Fish

Pat Fish, an artist featured in this book, and also the artist in all these pictures talks about celtic tattoo. 

“It is a natural inclination to take pleasure in ones ethnic and genetic heritage. We are, all of us, the distillation of our ancestors, connected to those who came before by our bloodlines and genetics.So it makes pefect sense that anyone with a Celtic heritage would look to the wealth of iconography and symbolism in Celtic art as inspiration for their tattoos.

When I began my tattoo career in 1984, it was my fervent goal to learn to tattoo this unique style of art. I didn’t see much of it being done except in Northern Europe, but I felt a deep resonance with the intricate complexity of this art from antiquity.

In the years since, I have specialized and studied; and I take great pleasure in working with clients to bring the knotworks of the ancient illuminated manuscripts and carvings from the Pictish stones to life in skin. Instead of being confused or frustrated by the complexity of the patterns, I think I am never bored by them!”

Tattoo by: Pat Fish Tattoo by: Pat Fish

Buster Paris, Rates 4/5 stars and says

“It’s funny, when I grabbed the book to put next to my laptop so I can type the review, I flipped through pages and rediscovered just how great this book is and sure – there are tons of tattoo books out there, heck – there’s tons of tattoo images we can all just Google to look at, but The Mammoth Book of Tattoo Art belongs in your collection. It’s full of interesting, beautiful and unique tattoos.

Some reviews really depend on your (the reader’s) intentions in buying the book. However, for this book, it pretty much covers them all.

If you’re looking for tattoo ideas/inspirations – this is a great book with PAGES of beautiful tattoos

If you’re looking for an art book with an emphasis (ok, total focus) on tattoos – this is a great book with PAGES of beautiful tattoos

If you’re looking for a gift for the tattoo enthusiast the artist in your life – – this is a great book with PAGES of beautiful tattoos

I think you get where I’m going with this.

This book really is a great book. The pictures are beautiful, the art is beautiful and one thing this book does that stands out amongst the rest is that it has “chapters” (several samples) from tattoo artists – so if you see something you LOVE and want it OR want THAT specific artist, it gives the artists information and a little bit of information on them. Not overly in your face, and not too little information.

Great book, buy it and enjoy it.”

Tattoo by: Pat Fish Tattoo by: Pat Fish

3 thoughts on “The Mammoth Book of Tattoo Art

  1. What a beautiful and well written blog you have created. Ironically, my dad was a tattoo artist for 20 years until he passed three years ago. It was always fun to see the tattoos that people chose.

  2. Thank you for finding and following dragonshades and for introducing me to these incredible book reviews. Celtic designs are remarkably power filled and must feel very special to their ‘owners’.

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