For many, tattoos are a way of life. From lovers' names to elaborate dragons, anything and everything has been inscribed on the skin in the name of passion. Whether you’re thinking of getting a tattoo or just want to see to what lengths others have gone in decorating their bodies, this is the book to check out. This special 25th anniversary edition of Tattoos explores the history of the art worldwide via designs and photos—from 19th century engravings to tribal body art, from circus ladies of the 20s to classic biker designs—giving a fascinating insight into the art form that has become a cultural instition the world over.
Art historian Burkhard Riemschneider runs an art gallery in Berlin and has published several monographs on contemporary artists.
For years, Henk Schiffmacher has been recognised as one of the stars of the tattoo scene. His Amsterdam studio attracts countless tattoo pilgrims, and he also runs the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum, which exhibits material from Schiffmacher’s own vast historical and contemporary collection.