Art by Tattooists (mini edition)

By Jo Waterhouse

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  • Paperback
  • 200 illustrations
  • 128 pages
  • 165 x 165 mm
  • ISBN 9781780670188
  • Published August 2012

Tattoos and tattoo artwork have become part of mainstream culture. Many tattooists have moved beyond the artwork they tattoo onto skin to creating bodies of personal artwork more likely to be viewed in a gallery than a tattoo studio. Art by Tattooists is the first book to showcase this art.

The book features 26 international artists who use a variety of mediums, including ink, watercolour, acrylic paint, oil and lino printing. Many of the artists are heavily influenced by the imagery they use as tattooists – roses, hearts, skulls, scrolls, birds, pin-ups – and carry this into their personal work. Other work features colours, themes or subject matter that is more subtly related to tattooing.

About the Author

Jo Waterhouse is an author and freelance writer specialising in DIY subcultures. She has contributed to UK and European arts magazines and writes her own DIY arts blog at Her first book Concrete to Canvas: Skateboarders' Art was published in 2005.

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Foreword     04
Introduction    06
Guy Aitchison    12    
Daniel Albrigo    18
Mandie Barber    22
Erik Von Bartholomaus    26
Chris Bourke    32
Clifton Carter    36
Dalmiro    40
Nate Diaz    46
Lola Garcia    50
Gillian Goldstein    54
Regino Gonzales    60
Angelique Houtkamp    66
Matt Hunt    70
Chance Isbell    74
Jondix    78
Jason d. Leisge    86
Carnie Marnie    90
Cody Meyer    86
Derek Noble    94    
Lucy Pryor    98
Robert Ryan    102
Lina Stigsson    106
Sumo    110
Steve Whittenberger    114
James ‘Woody’ Woodford    120
Michele Wortman    124
About the Author    128
Thanks    128

'As tattooing is becoming more and more accepted as a mainstream art form, it follows that the artists themselves might become more accepted as mainstreams artists as well. This book aims to open our eyes to this concept, and give us some real perspective on the level of artistry these tattooists are achieving in many mediums.'
Slug Magazine

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