Author and curator Joseph Ari Aloi, aka JK5, is an artist, designer, writer, toy creator, media franchiser, filmmaker, and tattoo artist. In his seventeen years tattooing, he has "inked" fellow visionaries such as Marc Jacobs and Heath Ledger, while formulating his signature style and approach to letterforms. Carlo McCormick is a curator, cultural critic, and the author of numerous books. He is the senior editor at Paper Magazine.
"JK5 and many of the other artists featured in this book have wait-lists months long, and have tattooed everyone from Marc Jacobs, Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys, Penelope Cruz, and the late Heath Ledger. But their artwork goes beyond just the skin, and "Tatt Book" published by Rizzoli features some of the leading names in tattooing and an incredible collection of the most stunning pieces of artwork, both on skin and paper. Through gorgeous photographs, this book is an exacting tribute to this corporeal art form and to the men and women who advanced the trade, both the artists and those who decide to get inked." slamxhype