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Subject: rec.arts.bodyart: Tattoo FAQ 9/9--Bibliography
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WHAT THIS FILE CONTAINS
This file is structured as a traditional FAQ in the form of questions
and answers. Questions answered in this file:
Rec.arts.bodyart FAQ Part 9/9: Bibliography
- Are there references about tattoos I could look up?
- Tattoos in movies and videos
- Print references:
Magazine and journal articles about tattoos/bodyart
Books about tattoos/bodyart (reviews where available)
Celtic tattoo bibliography, by Pat Fish
- Tattoo organizations
- Tattoo magazines
COPYRIGHT AND DISSEMINATION
Under the Berne Convention, this document is Copyright (c) 1997 by Lani
Teshima-Miller, all rights reserved. Permission is granted for it to be
reproduced electronically on any system connected to the various
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intact. Web sites are included. Individual copies may also be printed
for personal use.
ARE THERE REFERENCES ABOUT TATTOOS I COULD LOOK UP?
When I first started looking around for references about tattoos, all I
found were scholarly journal articles about how juvenile delinquents and
prisoners had tattoos, or how tattoos were an indicator for psychosis. I
*knew* there had to be more stuff out there. However, a quick look
through the Lexis/Nexis online (fee-based) database revealed *thousands*
of RECENT citations on bodyart. When a mainstream comic strip like
"Cathy" mentions a navel ring, you are apt to get a lot of forgettable
I eventually plan to pare this list down to a quality annotated
bibliography. I also plan to include in this bibliography a listing of
sources that you could use for ideas on various designs.
Subject: TATTOOS IN MOVIES/VIDEOS
This is not a comprehensive list, and does not include videos that are
produced for tattoo conventions; but rather, easily accessible movies
and videos where tattoos are used in some significant form. This
wonderful movie bibliography was compiled by Carl Shapiro
(carl@lvsun.COM) unless otherwise noted:
Tattoos play minor, but sometimes interesting, roles in these movies:
"Blues Brothers". John Belushi, Dan Akroyd
Reviewer: Ray Hamel (email@example.com)
-The brothers have their names tattooed on their knuckles.
"Cape Fear" (1991). Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte.
-A tattooed psychopath preys on a Southern lawyer and his family.
"Double Exposure" (1987). Mark Hennessy, Scott King.
-2 photographers turn sleuth after taking a picture of a tattooed
"The Jigsaw Murders" (1989). Chad Everett, Michelle Johnson.
-A police detective and a doctor solve a gruesome mystery with a puzzle
and tattoo as clues.
"Lethal Weapon" Mel Gibson
Reviewer: A.D.C.Elly (A.D.C.Elly@bnr.co.uk)
-The cops recognise that one of the men they're after is a "Special
Forces" man because a little boy saw his tattoo (which matches the one
Riggs got when he was Special Forces).
"Man Against the Mob: The Chinatown Murders" (1989). George Peppard,
-Odd tattoos on corpses lead a detective to a Los Angeles nightclub.
"Night of the Hunter" (1991). Richard Chamberlain, Diana Scarwid.
-A crook's family is prey to a preacher who has "LOVE" and "HATE"
"Night of the Hunter" (1955). Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters
-Original (and much better) version of above. Mitchum is fantastic;
"Once were warriors" (1994). Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa
- Hailed by critics everywhere, this independent New Zealand film
released by Communicado film distributed by Fine Line Features, tells a
bittersweet tale of a Maori family renched apart by alcoholism and
abuse. At the core is Beth Heke, whose desire to save her family serves
as the center of this tale. Authentic native Maori tattoos seen
throughout the film.
"The Phoenix" (1992). Jamie Summers, E.Z. Rider.
-Tattoo master seeks perfect canvas.
"Poison Ivy" has a scene about it
Reviewer: Abu (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"Raising Arizona". Nicholas Cage.
Reviewer: Todd Liebenow (email@example.com)
-Cage's character has a tattoo of a Woody Woodpecker head on his arm. At
the end of the movie when he's fighting the lone biker of the apoclypse
we find out that the biker has the same tattoo. However, we never find
out what all this means.
"Romper Stomper" (1993). Distributed by Seon Films, made by
Reviewer: Pierre Honeyman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A love story among tattooed skinheads, there are some very good tattoos
in this movies, although the racist content may offend some viewers. The
movie is not about racism.
"Sonny Boy" * (1990). David Carradine, Paul L. Smith.
-A demented brute and his hairy tattooed wife lose control of their
wild child, bred to kill.
"Tales from the Crypt"
Contributor: Abu (email@example.com)
-There's an episode with Tia Carrera about a guy whose tattoo
gets...under his skin.
"Tattoo Chase" (1989). F. Richards Ford, Michael Gregory.
-An heir has 60 days to find the treasure-map tattoo on one of his
father's global girlfriends.
"The Tattooed Stranger" (1950). John Miles, Patricia White.
-A New York police detective tracks down a killer using a tattoo clue.
They play major roles in these movies:
"Charles Gatewood's Tattoo San Francisco" (1988). San Francisco, CA :
Flash Video. 60 min.
Review: Short segments on tattoo enthusiasts and artists in the Bay
Area. Vyvyn Lazonga and Dick Tome are interviewed, as well as others. If
you liked the cover of _Modern Primitives_, its model is interviewed in
here as well. Production quality (lighting, editing, etc.) will not win
any Academy Awards, but the information contained is interesting.
Definitely worth renting, though probably not worth buying.
"The Illustrated Man" (1969). Rod Steiger, Claire Bloom.
-Wonderful adaptation of Ray Bradbury's novel about a man whose body
tattoos depict actual events, all shown in flashback and flash-forward.
"Irezumi" (Spirit of Tattoo) (1985). Masayo Utsonomiya, Tomisaburo
Wakayama, Yuhsuke Takita, Masaki Kyomoto, Harue Kyo, Naomi
Shiraishi, Taiji, Tonoyama.
-In this exquisitely beautiful Japanese film, a young woman consents to
her lover's wish to have her tattooed, and fulfills the cycle of the
tattoo master's life.
Notes from Lani: I got quite a bit more out of this movie because I
didn't need the subtitles. Some of the Japanese nuances and symbolism is
lost to a Western audience. Some of the more important points to note
while watching this film:
The seasons are one of the most common themes in Japanese literature,
much like the use of colors to represent themes in Western literature.
Examples in this film:
-Both the master's ex-wife and son had names that started with "Haru."
In Japanese, this means "Spring." The importance of this is obvious--he
had both of them earlier in life, when he was still in his spring.
-On the other hand, the continuous references to snow refer to the
closing of his life: the snow storm in the first scene in the movie; of
his telling the main character that "snowflakes would look good on your
back;" the symbol of the Japanese snow flake that leads to the
unraveling of his life; and the snowflake books.
Other symbols and themes liberally sprinkled through the film:
-Harutsune, the son, serves as a perfect amalgamation of the
parents--his backpiece is done by his mother, while his full front piece
is done by the father.
-The theme of empowerment and independence is once again present here,
as in Tanizaki Jun'ichiro's _Shisei_, the short story about the young
woman who gets a large spider on her back.
-The theme of the complete cycle is repeated throughout:
--The change of the seasons representing the cycle of life and death
(reminiscent of _Charlotte's Web_)
--The woman is urged to get a tattoo by the master's wife.
--The cycle after death is complete upon the last prick.
"Signatures of the soul, tattooing" (1984). Peter Fonda. Producer Geoff
Steven. New York, NY : Filmakers Library
-Peter Fonda explores the social history of tattooing, both
primitive and modern, discussing its use as ornament, badge, and
personal statement. Practitioners of the art from the Pacific Islands,
California, and Japan discuss the aesthetics of the art.
"Tattoo" Maude Adams
-A tattoo artist obsessed with a professional model abducts her and
tattoos her entire body.
Subject: PRINT REFERENCES
MAGAZINES AND JOURNAL ARTICLES
Publications Ltd (who produce Body Art magazine, and supply jewelery)
moved (ages ago) to: PO Box 32, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR29 5RD
"Career-oriented Women with Tattoos" by Armstrong, Myrna L.
_Image--the journal of nursing scholarship_. Wint '91 v 23 n 4 p 215
"Memorial Decoration: Women, Tattooing, and the Meanings of Body
Alteration" by Sanders, Clinton. _Michigan quarterly review_. Wint 1991
v 30 n 1 p 146
Summary: Sanders is one of a very few academicians writing about body
modifications. This article is the only one I've encountered that deals
specifically with the psychology of women tattoo enthusiasts, whose
reasons for getting inked differ from those of their male counterparts.
"Trends: Tattoos go mainstream." _Newsweek_. Jan 07 91 v 117 n 1 p 60
Summary: A short article focusing on a couple of tattoo enthusiasts who
do not fit the stereotype, including a French man working on his full
back piece. Good introduction to the change in
"Nonmainstream body modification: genital piercing, burning, and
cutting" by Myers, James. _Journal of contemporary ethnography_. Oct 01
1992 v 21 n 3 p 267.
Summary: One of the few papers that is both academic and informational.
Begins with a definition of "body modification" and discusses various
non-tattooing bodmods. Key players including Fakir, Jim Ward & Raellyn
are mentioned. Gauntlet illustration of genital pierces available. Some
sense of "outsider peeking in;" author specifies the fact that he is a
heterosexual male anthropologist (he is an anthro prof at Cal State
BOOKS & MAGAZINES
Some books may no longer be in print--check your library for a copy, or
request an InterLibrary Loan. Not all tattoo magazines are reviewed here
(a serials cataloger's nightmare--new titles cropping up all the time,
issues ceasing publication for no reason, etc.)
Carson, Richard D. Never Get a Tattoo. Rogers, Novle, illustrator.
(Illus.). 144p. 1990. Paper. $8.95. (ISBN 0-06-096509-6, PL).
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
DeMichele, William. The Illustrated Woman: Photographs by William
DeMichele. Pref. by Gorman, Shotsie. (Illus.). 128p. 1992. $65.00. (ISBN
0-9631708-0-5); Paper. $34.95. (ISBN 0-9631708-1-3). Proteus Press, Inc.
Special Edition $150. Protective slipcase for hard cover book: $15.00.
Review: This 11"x13" book is a unique photo collection of tattooed
women. In the International tattoo community this book is already a
collector's item, it's a valuable addition to anyone who buys fine
Fellman, Sandi. The Japanese Tattoo. (Illus.). 120p. 04/1988. Paper.
$24.95. (ISBN 0-89659-798-9). Abbeville Press, Inc.
Gell, Alfred. Wrapping in Images: Tattooing in Polynesia. (Oxford
Studies in the Anthropology of Cultural Forms). (Illus.). 364p. 1993.
$95.00. (ISBN 0-19-827869-1, 14144). Oxford University Press, Inc.
Handy, Willowdean C. Tattooing in the Marquesas. (BMB). 1974. Repr. of
1922 ed. $15.00. (ISBN 0-527-02104-0). Kraus Reprint.
Hardy, Donald E. Art from the Heart. (Tattootime Ser.: No. 5). 1993.
Paper. $20.00. (ISBN 0-945367-09-0). Hardy Marks Publications.
To order: P.O. Box 90520, Honolulu HI 96835, phone: 808-737-7033
or email Francesca Passalacqua <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Hardy, Donald E. Dragon Tattoo Design. (Illus.). 96p. 1988. $50.00.
(ISBN 0-945367-01-5). Hardy Marks Publications.
Hardy, Donald E. Eye Tattooed America. 116p. 06/1993. Paper. $20.00.
(ISBN 0-945367-12-0). Hardy Marks Publications.
Hardy, Donald E., editor. Life & Death Tattoos. rev. ed. (Tattootime
Ser.). (Illus.). 96p. 1989. Paperback text edition. $15.00. (ISBN
0-945367-05-8). Hardy Marks Publications.
Hardy, Donald E., editor. Music & Sea Tattoos. rev. ed. (Tattootime
Ser.). (Illus.). 96p. (Orig.). 1988. Paperback text edition. $15.00.
(ISBN 0-945367-04-X). Hardy Marks Publications.
Hardy, Donald E., editor. New Tribalism. rev. ed. (Tattootime Ser.).
(Illus.). 64p. (Orig.). 1988. Paperback text edition. $10.00. (ISBN
0-945367-02-3). Hardy Marks Publications.
Hardy, Donald E. Sailor Jerry Collins: American Tattoo Master. 1994.
Paper. $30.00. (ISBN 0-945367-11-2). Hardy Marks Publications.
Hardy, Donald E. The Tattoo Coloring Book, Vol. 1. (Illus.). 36p.
(Orig.). 1990. Paperback text edition. $14.95. (ISBN 0-685-44854-1). T C
B Imprints, Unlimited.
Hardy, Donald E. Tattoo Flash. (Illus.). 74p. (Orig.). 1990. Paperback
text edition. $80.00. (ISBN 0-945367-06-6). Hardy Marks Publications.
Hardy, Donald E., editor. Tattoo Magic. rev. ed. (Tattootime Ser.).
(Illus.). 64p. (Orig.). 1988. Paperback text edition. $10.00. (ISBN
0-945367-03-1). Hardy Marks Publications.
Krakow, Amy. The Total Tattoo Book. (Orig.). 1994. Paper. (ISBN
0-446-67001-4). Warner Books, Inc.
Mascia-Lees, Frances E. & Sharpe, Patricia., editors. Tattoo, Torture,
Mutilation & Adornment: The Denaturalization of the Body in Culture &
Text. (SUNY Series, The Body in Culture, History, & Religion). 172p.
1992. $44.50. (ISBN 0-7914-1065-X); Paper. $14.95. (ISBN 0-7914-1066-8).
State University of New York Press. Warning: This book has a very
negative attitude towards body modification, and has very little to do
with tattooing. Note from the FAQ maintainer (Stan Schwarz):
"This book is the only book I have ever thrown in the trash."
Maginnes, Al. Outside a Tattoo Booth. Zarucchi, Roy, editor. Page,
Carolyn, editor. Page, Carolyn, illustrator. (Chapbook Ser.). (Illus.).
28p. (Orig.). 1991. Paper. $5.00. (ISBN 1-879205-16-5). Nightshade
Morse, Albert L. The Tattooists. Walsh, John A., editor. (Illus.). 1977.
$79.95. (ISBN 0-918320-01-1). Morse, Albert L.
Richie, Donald. The Japanese Tattoo. Buruma, Ian, photographer.
(Illus.). 120p. 1990. $22.50. (ISBN 0-8348-0228-7). Weatherhill, Inc.
Rosen, Jerry. Tattoo Interview. 1992. $14.95. (ISBN 0-86719-387-5). Last
Gasp Eco-Funnies, Inc.
Sanders, Clinton R. Customizing the Body: The Art & Culture of
Tattooing. (Illus.). 224p. 1989. $29.95. (ISBN 0-87722-575-3). Temple
Review: One of the only academically recognized books without an agenda
Schwartz, Paul. The Tattoo Buyer's Guide: A Complete & Candid Guide to
Getting a Great Tattoo. (Illus.). 57p. (Orig.). 1993. Paper. $6.95.
(ISBN 0-9635778-0-8). Alter Ego Press.
Spaulding, Huck. Tattooing A to Z: A Guide to Successful Tattooing.
Naydan, Ted, illustrator. (Illus.). 141p. 1988. $45.00. (ISBN
0-929719-00-X). Spaulding & Rogers Manufacturing, Inc.
Stine, Megan. Tattoo Mania: The Newest Craze in Wearable Art. Juv (gr.
1-3) 1993. Paper. $5.99. (ISBN 0-553-48144-4). Bantam Books, Inc.
Thompson, Earl. Tattoo. 704p. 1991. Paper. $6.95. (ISBN 0-88184-727-5).
Carroll & Graf Publishers.
Wroblewski, Chris. Skin Shows: The Art of Tattoo. (Illus.). 118p. 1991.
Paper. $19.95. (ISBN 0-86369-272-9, W H Allen UK). Carol Publishing
Wroblewski, Chris. Skin Shows II: The Art of Tattoo. (Illus.). 130p.
Paper. $19.95. (ISBN 0-86369-517-5, W H Allen UK). Carol Publishing
Wroblewski, Chris. Tattooed Women. (Illus.). 128p. 1992. Paper. $19.95.
(ISBN 0-86369-524-8, W H Allen UK). Carol Publishing Group.
Marks of civilization : artistic transformations of the human body.
Arnold Rubin, editor. 279p. 1988. Museum of Cultural History, University
of California, Los Angeles. Bibliography: p. 265-276.
Modern Primitives. V. Vale and Andrea Juno, editors. (Illus.) p.
1989. Paper. Index. #12 in the Re/Search series. Orders: SASE to
Re/Search Publications, 20 Romolo #B, San Francisco, CA 94133.
Review: If you are interested in bodyart as a whole beyond tattoos, this
is the one book that you should have in your reference collection. The
book is a collection of interviews and write-ups about a very wide
spectrum, including the opener on Fakir Musafar (he is THE bodyart god,
IMHO), sword swallowing, Polynesian tattoos, pierces, cuttings, etc. The
section on body piercing complements Ardvark's FAQ, and has
illustrations on exactly WHERE those darned genital pierces are supposed
to go. Important note: This book is not for the faint-at-heart. Some of
the information and text contained are very graphic--an assumption can
be made that those wanting to read the book are already USED to small
tattoos and nipple pierces. There is a graphic photo of a bifurcated
penis, for example. You have been duly warned.
Richter, Stefan. Tattoo. (Illus.). 158p. 1985. Quartet.
Richie, Donald. The Japanese tattoo. Ian Buruma, photos. (Illus.). 115p.
Robley, Horatio Gordon. Moko; or, Maori tattooing. (Illus.). 216p. 1987.
Stewart, Samuel. Bad Boys and Tough Tattoos: A Social History of the
Tattoo with Gangs, Sailors, and Street-Corner Punks. (1950-1965).
Review by Lance Bailey (email@example.com):
Instead of a well-written mature examination of tattoos and society,
we instead find Steward's full of misconceptions, incorrect facts and a
dedication to link tattoos and gay sex.
Presented as a formal study, Stewart claims that "it is perhaps the
only volume on tattooing not dependent on tattoo photographs to boost
sales." He however commits one of the writer's worst crimes by talking
down to the reader.
The book is sprinkled liberally with street slang instead of the
language of a serious study. Worse, however is the gross inaccuracies in
the book. Two examples:
1: Through out the book Steward presents himself, or rather his
pseudonym Phil Sparrow, as the best tattooist in Chicago whilst he
practised there. His comments on tattoos become amusing in this light
and on "Famous tattoos" he comments: "The second of the legendary
tattoos is a 'pack of hounds chasing a fox down across a person's back,'
with the fox disapearing in the a convenient burrow...At any rate,
although thousands of persons have said they have seen such a tattoo, it
is hardly reasonable that I should never have seen one in 18 years and
over a hundred persons." Well, Mr Sparrow should pick up a copy of "Art,
sex, and symbol: the mystery of tattooing (1986)" which has several
pictures of tattoos on that very theme.
2: In his section on tattooing the drunk, he says he did not mind
working on someone who'd had a few drinks for courage, but the truly
intoxicated should not be tattooed because "a drunk cannot sit
still...he is very likely to get sick suddenly... [and] the choice of
design selected was regretted as soon as they became sober. Steward
seems to be completely ignorant of the fact that alcohol is an
anti-coagulant and a single beer can make someone bleed like a stuck
Subject: CELTIC ART/TATTOO BIBLIOGRAPHY
BY PAT FISH <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
CELTIC ART : THE METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION, by George Bain
New York, Dover Publications  159 p. illus. 31 cm. Reprint of the
1951 ed. published by W. MacLellan, Glasgow. ISBN: 0486229238
Review: Lavishly illustrated with line drawings and photographs. This is
the grand original that has inspired the Celtic revival and is an
excellent start for understanding the creation of knotworks and braids.
Not an easy method to master, but the best single resource book
CELTIC KNOTWORK, by Ian Mackintosh Bain
Constable 1986, 115 p., 8"x10", paper. ISBN 0-09-469810-4
If his father's work confuses you (above), take heart and try this. He
teaches a method for creating knotworks in a grid that is surely close
to the method used in the past.
[Currently available as: Celtic knotwork / Iain Bain. New York :
Sterling Pub. Co., 1992. 115 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm. ISBN:
0806986387 : $14.95]
CELTIC KEY PATTERNS, by Ian Bain
ISBN 0-09-471820-2, Constable 1993, 88 pages, 8"x10", paperbound
The definitive text for learning how to create and reproduce the
interlocking key geometric patterns.
[May be available as: Celtic key patterns / Iain Bain. New York:Sterling
Pub. Co., c1994. xi, 88 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm. ISBN: 0806907401
THE LINDISFARNE GOSPEL, introduction by Janet Backhouse
ISBN 0-7148-2461-5, Department of Manuscripts, British Library
illuminated pages reproduced in color, paperbound
The second most influential of the ancient manuscripts from the 9th
century .Beautiful inspiration, not possible to trace patterns because
they are so tiny, but colors are vivid.
THE BOOK OF KELLS : SELECTED PLATES IN FULL COLOR, Blanche Cirker,
New York : Dover Publications, c1982. 32 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm. ISBN:
Review: An inspirational source, provides a reality check on the scale
and intricacy of the original 9th century masterpiece. Much too
miniscule in scale to be of use for tracing out patterns, but awe
inspiring to study. Of particular use for coloring ideas.
CELTIC DESIGNS AND MOTIFS, by Courtney Davis
New York : Dover, 1991. 44 p. : chiefly ill. ; 28 cm. ISBN: 0486267180
(pbk.) : $3.95
Excellent flash source.Many knotwork and zoomorphic designs.
CELTIC STAINED GLASS COLORING BOOK, by Courtney Davis
New York : Dover, 1993. 16 p. : chiefly ill. ; 28 cm. ISBN 048627456X
Possible flash source. They lend themselves well to reproduction on a
large scale, heavy black linework very well composed.
CELTIC IRON-ON TRANSFER PATTERNS, by Courtney Davis
New York : Dover . 48 p. : 65 transfer patterns, 28 cm. ISBN 0486260593
Excellent flash source. Armbands, knotworks, zoomorphics, all ready to
go as stencils on tissue paper.
THE ART OF CELTIA, by Courtney Davis
London : Blandford, 1993. 128 p. :ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm. ISBN:
Evocative use of traditional Celtic artforms in superb artwork.
Discussions of symbolism and the historic signifigance of the designs.
CELTIC MANDALAS, by Courtney Davis, with text by Helena Paterson
London : Blandford, 1994, 96 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm. ISBN
Beautiful use of Celtic motifs in symbolic art, discussions of Celtic
mythology and zodiac signs.
CELTIC BORDERS AND DECORATION, by Courtney Davis, text by Helena
London : Blandford ; New York, NY : Distributed in the United States by
Sterling Pub. Co., 1992. 95 p. : ill. ; 28 cm. ISBN: 0713723300
Wonderful guide to bands, braids, and designs suitable for expansion
into armbands, anklets etc.
CELTIC ART SOURCE BOOK, by Courtney Davis
London ; New York : Blandford : Distributed in the United States by
Sterling Publishing Co, 1988.  p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 26
cm. ISBN: 0713719826
The ONLY negative thing I can say about this inspirational work is that
it will raise the expectations of tattoo clients too high for what can
reasonably be accomplished in the skin format. Any of these designs
could translate, but many only at backpiece scale. For the use of color
examples alone it stands out as a must-have in any Celtic art library.
THE BOOK OF CONQUESTS, by Jim Fitzpatrick
Dutton : 1978. ISBN 0525475117 (pbk.)
Beautiful use of Celtic design motifs in service of storytelling,
bringing the tales of the Old Ones alive. Possibly also available: NUADA
OF THE SILVER ARM.
ART OF THE CELTS : FROM 700 BC TO THE CELTIC REVIVAL, by Lloyd &
London : Thames and Hudson, c1992. 216 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm.
More of a text for historical grounding.
159 CELTIC DESIGNS, by Amy Lusebrink
New York : Dover, 1988. 48 p. : chiefly ill. ; 28 cm. ISBN 0486276880
Excellent flash source. Unfortunately rather poorly drawn, most would
have to be re-drawn for precision before being used as a tattoo stencil.
CELTIC DESIGN : A BEGINNER'S MANUAL, by Aidan Meehan
Thames & Hudson , 258 illustrations. ISBN 0500276293 (pbk.)
If you want to begin to draw your own braids, this is the text.
CELTIC DESIGN: KNOTWORK: THE SECRET METHOD OF THE SCRIBES, by Aidan
New York : Thames and Hudson, 1991. 159 p. : ill. ; 21 cm. ISBN:
0500276307 : $14.95
Even more esoterica. For those who would be druids.
CELTIC DESIGN: ANIMAL PATTERNS, by Aidan Meehan
New York : Thames and Hudson, 1992. 160 p. : ill. ; 21 cm. ISBN:
0500276625 : $14.95
Known as zoomorphics, a guide to the twisty beasties.
CELTIC DESIGN : SPIRAL PATTERNS, by Aidan Meehan
New York : Thames and Hudson, 1993. 160 p. : ill. ; 21 cm. ISBN:
The spiral forms a vital part of Celtic design, and this book explains
the symbolism and methods for incorporation.
CELTIC DESIGN : ILLUMINATED LETTERS, by Aidan Meehan
New York : Thames and Hudson, 1992. 160 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
ISBN: 0500276854 : $14.95
Insights into the creation of manuscript iluminations. Many stand alone
for lovely initials or monograms.
CELTIC DESIGN : MAZE PATTERNS, by Aidan Meehan
New York : Thames and Hudson, 1994, c1993. 160 p. : ill. ; 21 cm. ISBN:
Guide to the geometric patterns also known as key patterns.
A HANDBOOK OF CELTIC ORNAMENT, by John G Merne
Mercier, 1992. 103 p., 11 cm., ISBN 0853424039, (pbk).
Presents a systemized method of construction for most forms of Celtic
decoration. Examines the various motifs and expands on them, guiding the
reader to develop their own variations. Highly reccomended resource.
CELTIC STICKERS AND SEALS, by Mallory Pearce
New York : Dover, 1995. 16 p. : chiefly ill. ISBN 0486284190 (pbk.)
90 full-color pressure sensitive seals and designs. Mostly letters of
alphabets, useful for monograms and such.
DECORATIVE CELTIC ALPHABETS, by Mallory Pearce
New York : Dover, 1992. ISBN 0486270416 (pbk.)
A pleasant alternative for lettering styles.
CELTIC BORDERS ON LAYOUT GRIDS, by Mallory Pearce
New York : Dover 1990. 64 p. : chiefly ill. (77 illustrations,
one-sided for clipart use) ; 28 cm. ISBN 0486265188 (pbk.)
Mostly useful for print advertising, letterhead, etc., but also a good
source for clear simple braids.
CELTIC MOTIFS : STICKERS, by Mallory Pearce
New York : Dover, 1995. 4 p. : chiefly ill. (4 black-and-white pressure
sensitive stickers) ;8 cm. ISBN 0486284085 (pbk.)
A possible source for a few animal patterns.
AN INTRODUCTION TO IRISH HIGH CROSSES, by Hilary Richardson & John
Mercier, 1990, 152 p. ; 28 cm., ISBN 0853429413
Very thorough photographic record of Irish high crosses with many
examples of stone carving and guides to interpretation of the symbolism.
CELTIC CROSSES OF BRITAIN AND IRELAND, by Malcom Seaborne
Shire, 1989. ISBN 0747800030
Good quality photographs of many major surviving high crosses, examples
of Celtic designs in stonecarving.
KNOTS: USEFUL AND ORNAMENTAL, by George Russell Shaw
Bonanza Books, Unabridged replication of the original 1933 edition, ISBN
Encyclopedic reference for knots, the base for Celtic knotwork braids
CELTIC DESIGN COLORING BOOK, by Ed Sibbett, Jr.
New York : Dover, 1979. 48 p. : chiefly ill. ; 28 cm. ISBN 0486237966
Simplistic but nice. Not much that would be useful as flash.
CELTIC CHARTED DESIGNS, by Co Spinhoven
New York : Dover, 1987. 64 p. : chiefly ill. ; 28 cm. ISBN 0486254119,
Over 300 designs in charted grids for use on needlepoint, embroidery,
knitting. Probably not useful as flash.
CELTIC STENCIL DESIGNS, by Co Spinhoven
New York : Dover 1990. 64 p. : chiefly ill. (130 designs) ; 28 cm. ISBN
Excellent design source for patterns so perfectly reproducible as bold
blackwork they qualify as Celtic Tribal.
CELTIC CUT AND USE STENCILS, by Co Spinhoven
New York : Dover, 1992. 64 p. : chiefly ill. (61 ill.) ; 28 cm. ISBN
Less useful than CELTIC STENCIL DESIGNS but has a few nice patterns. All
AUTHENTIC CELTIC IRON-ON TRANSFERS, by Co Spinhoven
New York : Dover, 1994. 16 p. : chiefly ill. ISBN 0486283097 (pbk.)
A treasure of designs! For the $1 price you get elegant, clearly drawn,
immediately useful flash. Gets the BEST BUY award.
TWELVE CELTIC BOOKMARKS, by Co Spinhoven
New York : Dover, 1994. 6 p. : chiefly ill. ISBN 0486279448 (pbk.)
Every bookmark an armband design. Will require re-drawing from colored
THE BOOK OF KELLS, by described by Sir Edward Sullivan
Studio Editions Ltd, Facsimile reprint of 1920 edition, ISBN 1851700358
A guide to knowing what you are seeing in the intricate pages of the
Book of Kells.
CELTIC AND EARLY MEDIEVAL DESIGNS FROM BRITAIN, by Eva Wilson
New York : Dover. 128 p. ISBN 0486253406 (pbk.)
Unabridged republication of the original 1983 British Museum Edition,
407 illustrations. Overview survey, not particularly useful as an art
Subject: TATTOO ORGANIZATIONS
Alliance of Professional Tattooists
APT, Inc. P.O. Box 1735 Glen Burnie, MD 21060. 410/768-1963
5 levels of membership:
1. Patron: $20.00 Open to anyone who supports goals of A.P.T.
2. Supporting: $50.00 A collector of tattoos or a member in an
academic research field.
3. Associate/Non-Artist: $125.00 Closely allied with the tattoo
community (publishers, photographers, suppliers or managers,
office staff of tattoo studios. [Attending Preventing Disease
Transmission in Tattooing (PDTT) course recommended.]
4. Associate/Artist: $125.00 Currently apprenticing with a
professional tattooist or self taught with a professional
sponsor. [Attending PDTT course required.]
5. Professional: $150.00 Full time occupation as a tattooist
with three (3) years minimum experience in an established
location. Must provide trade and business references.
Self-supporting APT does not initiate legislation, nor does it accept
fees or grants from government agencies.
Empire State Tattoo Club of America (ESTCA)
PO Box 1374, Mt. Vernon, NY, NY, 10550. 914/664-9894, Fax 668-5200.
Founded: 1974, membership: 1000
International organization of tattoo artists and individuals with
tattoos. Works to increase public awareness of tattoo art. Sponsors
competitions and bestows awards. List of tattoo artists. Affiliated with
Professional Tattoo Artists Guild.
National Tattoo Association (NTA)
485 Business Park Ln., Allentown, PA 18109, 215/433-7261 Fax
Officer: Florence Makofske, Sec.-Treas.
Founded: 1974, membership: 1000, budget: $46,000
AKA: National Tattoo Club of the World (changed 1984)
Tattoo artists and enthusiasts. Promotes tattooing as a viable
contemporary art form; seeks to upgrade standards and practices of
tattooing. Offers advice on selecting a tattoo artist and studio. Holds
seminars for tattoo artists to improve skills and learn better hygienic
practices. Sponsors competitions and bestows awards; maintains
charitable program for children; operates museum and biographical
archives. Lists of members and tattoo studios.
Publications: National Tattoo Association--Newsletter, bimonthly. Price
included in membership dues. Circulation: 1000. Conventions: Annual
Professional Tattoo Artists Guild (PTAG)
27 Mt. Vernon Ave., PO Box 1374, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. 914/668-2300 Fax
Officer: Joe Kaplan, Pres.
Professional tattoo artists.
Tattoo Club of America (TCA)
c/o Spider Webb's Studio, Captains Cove Seaport, 1 Bastwick Ave.,
Bridgeport, CT 06605. PH: (203) 335-3992
Officer: Joe O'Sullivan, Sec.
Founded: 1970, membership: 45,000, budget: $25,000
Tattoo artists and individuals worldwide who have been tattooed. Seeks
to promote the art of tattooing and make it more acceptable to the
public. Bestows annual Mr. and Miss Tattoo awards; sponsors speakers'
bureau; maintains hall of fame. Maintains library and museum of antique
tattoo designs and memorabilia.
Publications: Newsletter, quarterly.
Conventions: Annual conference and symposium (with exhibits) - always
March, New York City.
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International Tattoo Art
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Outlaw Biker Tattoo Revue
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In The Skin
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