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26 Best Tattoo Books of All Time

Our goal: Find the best Tattoo books according to the internet (not just one random person's opinion).

    Here's what we did:
  1. Type "best tattoo books" into our search engine and study the top 5 pages.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! ­čśŐ
    (It was a lot of work. But hey! That's why we're here, right?)

(Updated 2023)

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    The World Atlas of Tattoo

    Anna Felicity Friedman

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    Bodies of Subversion

    Margot Mifflin

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    Tattoo Sourcebook


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    Tattoo Lettering Bible

    Superior Tattoo

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  • What is the best tattoo book to buy if I want to improve my skills as a tattoo artist?

    The best tattoo book to buy depends on your specific needs as an artist. If you're looking for comprehensive guides to tattooing, you might want to check out books like "The Tattoo Encyclopedia: A Guide to Choosing Your Tattoo" and "The Tattoo History Source Book". These books contain extensive information about tattoo designs, symbols, and history. However, if you want something more specific to the art of tattooing, then books like "Tattoo Machine: Tall Tales, True Stories, and My Life in Ink" would be perfect. It's written in language English and was published by an experienced tattoo artist.

  • Where can I view quick reviews of the best tattoo books before making a purchase?

    Amazon is a great place to check out quick reviews of tattoo books. You can view quick ratings, customer reviews, and even see images of some pages. Plus, you can easily compare amazon prices with other book shops to ensure you're getting the best deal.

  • As a tattoo artist, should I invest in books solely about tattooing or can I get inspiration from other forms of body art books too?

    As a tattoo artist, it's crucial to expand your horizons and draw inspiration from various forms of body art, not just tattoos. Books about body art, in general, can provide fresh ideas and broaden your perspective. Whether it's a book about Japanese body art or a book featuring the latest trends in the world of tattoos, each has unique designs that can inspire your creativity.

  • I'm new to tattooing and looking for a book to guide me through the use of a tattoo machine. Any ideas?

    You're in luck! There are several books available specifically aimed at beginners that guide you through every aspect of tattooing, including the tattoo machine. A popular choice is "The Tattoo Bible" that covers everything from setting up your tattoo studio to mastering the tattoo machine.

  • How do I decide which tattoo book to add to my cart?

    When deciding which book to add to your cart, consider your goals as a tattoo artist. Are you looking for design ideas, wanting to learn more about the history of tattooing, or improve your skills with a tattoo machine? You should also consider the price, pages, and the language the book is published in. English published books are widely available and easy to understand.

  • I want a book that showcases the works of the best tattoo artists around the world. What should I check?

    For a comprehensive view of the tattooing world, the "World Atlas of Tattoo" is a perfect book buy. It provides stunning images of tattoos from around the world and includes interviews with some of the best tattoo artists. This book not only offers a feast of designs but also delves into the history and symbolism behind them.

  • Are there tattoo books that delve into the meaning and history behind various designs?

    Absolutely! For example, "Tattoo Symbols & Meanings" is a fantastic book that provides an in-depth look at the history, and meaning behind various tattoo designs. The author, a seasoned tattoo artist, explores the many facets of tattooing from its rich history to the symbolism behind popular designs.

  • I am a tattoo artist who loves to experiment with colors ink. Are there any books that can help me with this?

    Yes, there are several books that focus on the use of colors in tattoos. One such book is "Color Tattoo Art: Comics, Cartoon, Pin-Up, Manga, New School". It's a visual feast of designs in vibrant colors ink, perfect for any tattoo artist looking to experiment with color.

  • Can you recommend any fun and creative tattoo books for children who show interest in the subject?

    Sure, "Tattoo Coloring Book for Kids: Cool Tattoos for Creative Boys and Girls" is an engaging and educational book for children interested in this form of body art. It's full of fun, creative designs that kids can color in and learn about. Remember, the book is purely for fun and should not be taken as encouragement for a child to get a real tattoo!

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