For centuries tattoos have been linked to gangs, criminals, and other social deviants in the public imagination, but that is no longer the case. Studies as recent as 2012 show that almost half of adults ages 26-40 have at least one tattoo, and that billions of dollars are spent yearly on tattoos in the U.S. alone. Yet for all of the interest and growing acceptance of this flourishing form of populist art, high quality documentation of the history and culture of tattooing globally is very rare. The critically acclaimed and incredibly popular VICE web series Tattoo Age is that rare exception.
The Tattoo Age series offers a comprehensive and in-depth look at the state of tattooing today. Through profiles on a selection of the most important working international tattoo artists and the most influential artists of the last 50 years, Tattoo Age manages to create a complete tapestry of what matters most--from the shops, to the styles, to the philosophy behind the art and business--in the world of tattooing right now. Tattoo Age the book builds on the original series, delving deeper into the careers of all the original artists documented, including Dan Santoro, Freddy Corbin, Thom Devita, Chris O'Donell and many more, while offering new profiles on an additional group of inspiring and essential artists such as Sonny Tufts and Ed Hardy. Each profile is accompanied by beautiful reproductions of original artwork, personal photographs, and ephemera, and includes interviews, bios, and other text about the artists. Much of the art from the original series will be on view, along with hundreds of new images and all-new and unabridged interviews.
For anyone looking for a survey of the best in tattooing, Tattoo Age is a beautifully produced contemporary cannon, a necessary historical document of a constantly evolving art form and culture.