Getting Inked

Q and Ink Showcases Artistic Design Behind Tattooing

Are you fascinated by beautiful tattoo art? Want to learn about the creative process and how design occurs? Want to meet some really cool local tattoo artist? Q and Ink, a panel discussion, on September 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Central Library’s Training Room, brings together five local tattoo artists to talk about the artistic process behind stunning designs.

Check out these eBooks from our digital collection to learn more about the history behind tattoo culture.

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This classic of ethnography describes Maori tattooing (moko), which communicates the bearer's genealogy, tribal affiliation, and spirituality. This definitive study relates how moko first became known to Europeans and discusses the distinctions between men and women's moko, patterns and designs, and moko in legend and song. Features 180 black-and-white illustrations.

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Tattoo Art showcases different types of subject matter, ranging from celebrity portraits to elaborate dot work. They all illustrate the skills and techniques of the artists and the range of design ideas available to tattoo enthusiasts today. Featuring an extensive gallery, arranged in imaginative sections including famous faces, fantasy, nature, love objects (such as pin-ups, and romantic symbols), cartoon characters and humorous scenes, personal narratives and symbolism, fusion or mixing of themes, and stunning examples of abstract or dot work. This book will appeal equally to both prospective and seasoned tattoo enthusiasts as well as those simply interested in immersing themselves in this intriguing decorative art, and is a great starting point for anyone wanting to acquire a tattoo but unsure of the creative possibilities

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In 1955, most ten-year-old boys dreamed of growing up to be firemen or jet pilots. But young Ed Hardy had the wild idea of becoming a tattoo artist. He saw his calling in the mystical images of pierced hearts, flaming eyeballs and bloody skulls. Today, he is revered as the godfather of modern tattooing.

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From Rimbaud to the Rolling Stones, from declarations of love and belief systems to self-empowerment and homage, the choice of a typographical tattoo provides insight into the human condition. The sequel to the bestselling Body Type: Intimate Messages Etched in Flesh, this second volume collects over two hundred new tattoos and explores the ideas and emotions behind this indelible commitment. This stunning photography collection features commentary on the letterforms as well as personal recollections by the tattooed on the motivations for their decided words. Inspiring, sometimes shocking, and always voyeuristic, Body Type 2 is not only for tattoo aficionados, but also for all lovers of the written word.

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