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The Tattoo History Sourcebook

By Steve Gilbert

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Format: Paperback / softback, 244 pages
Other Information: colour and b&w illustrations
Published In: United States, 31 August 2001
An exhaustingly thorough, lavishly illustrated collection of historical records of tattooing throughout the world, from ancient times to the present. Collected together in one place for the first time are texts by explorers, journalists, physicians, psychiatrists, anthropologists, scholars, novelists, criminologists and tattoo artists. A brief essay by Gilbert sets each chapter in an historical context. Includes references at the end of each section. The author is a medical illustrator and freelance writer with a lifelong interest in tattooing.

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Body piercing and tattooing have seen a resurgence in America in the last decade. Sometimes referred to as an aspect of the "new tribalism," body arts harkens to practices usually associated with so-called primitive societies. Medical illustrator, writer, and part-time tattoo artist Gilbert seeks to explore the historical depth and aesthetic variations of tattoos as permanent body decoration. The text consists mostly of excerpts from the works of anthropologists, explorers, physicians, artists, and others and dates from Greek and Roman times to the present. The organization can be confusing, but Gilbert provides contextual essays for individual chapters, which are arranged primarily geographically, with the deepest coverage on Oceania, Japan, and Europe/America. The illustrations, ranging from crude line drawings to full-color photos, are perhaps the most fascinating element in the book. Unlike some books on tattooing, the images do not emphasize the salacious. While the text is not academic in tone, Gilbert supports his research with an extensive reference citation list and bibliography. Capable of entertaining and enlightening both young enthusiasts and anthropologists, this is recommended for both public and academic libraries. Eugene C. Burt, Seattle Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

EAN: 9781890451066
ISBN: 1890451061
Publisher: Juno Publishing
Dimensions: 27.76 x 21.54 x 1.52 centimetres (0.95 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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excellent book covering the art of tattooing around the world. There is heaps more to know than I'd initially thought. Apart from the obvious Pacific and Japan tattoo art, there's Marquesas. And of course the circus. Some fascinating traditions. And a mention of Welly's very own Roger. Lovely book to dip into.

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