Teach Yourself Henna Tattoo: Making Mehndi Art with Easy-to-Follow Instructions, Patterns, and Projects

Henna Tattoo

Henna Tattoo

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.

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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.


Henna Tattoo

Henna Tattoo



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





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.



SCAN0002 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.adam_t13


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.
high-voltage-tattoo-book--large-msg-123312651391Numerous 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-288About the Author

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. 


Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume I


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.Tattoo_V1_spread_6_jpg_460x383_q95 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.

The Telegraph
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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: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide


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.TAT_Erica-Burton_500

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 AuthorTess Adamski high res - credit Thor at Yonge Street Tattoos-thumb-350x350-54306 Eva Talmadge’s fiction has appeared in The New York TyrantThe Agriculture ReaderNew 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. wallacefinished2In 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!”Dan-Slessor-Brighton-England-3-500x375


shige tattoo  Shige’s

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.

tumblr_mn70fnsHlY1qhjkuyo1_500  The best Irezumi there is! May 3, 2011, By Lee,

If you have any interest in Japanese Tattoos and like Shige’s work then this is a must buy the stories are enlightening and the Pictures are awesome, and the price is the best out there.shige_japanese_tattoo_back_piece

Portrait of a Genius August 23, 2010 By Richie Jingles

An absolute sublime treat for the eyes and soul— an visually in depth study of one man’s tattoo journey and we get to go along for the ride. Shige is on par of the great tattoo master Horiyoshi, but has forged his own singular style within Japanese tradition. This kind of magnificent work enriches any one who gazes at it. Let the fine art critics who rhapsodize with great and undeserved verbiage about smeared paint on canvas take a real look at work that shows both great vision and great skill, qualities which the fine art world dismisses these days. “Craft doesn’t matter” is their refrain… Let them gaze on this and despair.

The Mammoth Book of Tattoo Art

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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!”

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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.”

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Tattoo World

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Tattoo World

by: Michael B. kaplan, Marisa Kakoulas

Once considered part of the counterculture movement, tattooing is now undoubtedly a mainstream practice. Although the history of   tattooing is rooted in ancient customs and beliefs, it is a constantly evolving art form, as skilled practitioners continually reinterpret traditional motifs and experiment with new ones. With more than 1,000 illustrations from 125 of the most important artists working today, this book is the most comprehensive survey of tattooing ever published. Collected here are designs from around the globe, spanning a broad range of styles, including Japanese and East Asian iconography, classic Americana, and photorealism, among others. Featuring the work of tattoo legends alongside pieces by pioneering artists pushing the limits of the medium, this visually arresting survey is the essential reference work for anyone interested in this exploding art form

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William Clemo, gave Tattoo World 5/5 stars, and wrote.

“This book is a great end table book that shows pretty much all styles and gives a brief bio of artists who specialize in that style. Wonderful pictures and a the price fits into everyone’s range for great books. I have books that I’ve paid more for that aren’t as nice as this.”

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Ashley give 5/5 stars and says,

“Best coffee table tattoo book I’ve ever read. Completely filled with beautiful pictures of various types of styles, explaining what they are and mini bios on the top artists specializing in those styles. Definitely worth the read.”

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Oleg Turyanskiy an artist featured in Tattoo world writers about it on his site,

Tattoo World Book by Marisa Kakoulas and Michael Kaplan, which was released a few month ago, features some of my black and gray animal portrait tattoos. This hardback book includes more than a 1000 illustrations from 125 tattoo artists from around the globe and represent different tattoo styles on 384 pages.

I also want to add that it was honor for me to be a part of this project which came out fantastic.


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About the author Marisa Kakoulas is the author of Black Tattoo Art and Black and Grey Tattoo, and has written about tattoos for Inked magazine. Michael Kaplan is the author of three books and has written for publications including WiredDetails, and the New York Times.

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