Tattooing from Japan to the West (Paperback) by Kitamura Takahiro
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Meet twenty-six leading contemporary tattoo artists. Interviews and over 425 exciting color photos of their artwork from tattoos to paintings make this an invaluable tattoo resource. This is a viable contribution to tattoo history worldwide containing insightful interviews with living legends like Don Ed Hardy Doc Forest Horiyoshi III Paul Jeffries Bob Roberts and Mike Malone. These tattoo pioneers shed light on the tattoo's evolution from a sub-cultural phenomenon to a mainstream trend and explore tattooing as a 'finer' art form. Their artwork runs the gamut from full Japanese body suits to traditional Americana hearts and roses. Some of the best established contemporary tattoo artists like Freddy Corbin Theo Jak Grime Scott Sylvia Chris Garver and Horitomo are included in addition to up-and-coming tattooers Jill Bonny Scott Bryant George Campise Chris Conn Paco Excel Robert Hernandez Eiland Hogan Klem Chad Koeplinger Jason Kundell Jason McAfee Brent Patten Juan Puente and Jesse Tuesday. This single volume by tattoo artist Horitaka is compiled from over three years of writing for Tattoo Life magazine and is a necessary reference for anyone interested in tattoo culture.